Nanotechnology: Sketching the Next Big Thing in Malaysian Context

Md. Ershadul Karim* and Abu Bakar Munir**


Realizing the limitless prospects of nanotechnology, many countries in the world, irrespective of size and economy, have been investing and allocating considerable amount of funding. Innovative initiatives are also taken at both public and private sphere. Over the years, Malaysia has successfully established its competence in electrical and electronic, and chemical sectors, where nanotechnology is very prospective. The government of Malaysia has realized the importance of the nanoscale technology immediately when other countries initiated their respective moves to exploit it. Already hundreds of products containing the word “nano” in the product name are available in Malaysia market, and many companies have been commercializing nano-enhanced products in Malaysian markets. This article attempts to portray the different initiatives taken by the Malaysian policymakers in relation to nanotechnology research and development. Even though the policymakers have taken a good number of initiatives, there are many scopes to take more steps as some of Malaysia’s neighbors have taken some serious and pragmatic initiatives to take lead.

* Md. Ershadul Karim is a Doctoral Candidate in Nanotechnology Law, at the University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has submitted his thesis on “Human Health and Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology in Malaysia: A Legal Study.” He can be contacted at ershadulkarim@gmail.com; and at ershad@siswa.um.edu.my.
** Abu Bakar Munir is a Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya and an Associate Fellow at the University of Malaya Malaysian Centre of Regulatory Studies. He was formerly the Dean of the Faculty and Advisor to the Government of Malaysia on Data Protection, and responsible for developing the Malaysian Personal Data Protection Act (2010). He may be contacted at the University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and through his email: abmunir@um.edu.my.  

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