It has come to our attention that several news media have published an article on Malaysian Scientific Diaspora Network (MSDN). Suspiciously, the missions of the network are exactly the same as what we have laid out here at Scientific Malaysian.
This is the missions of MSDN as published on The Star:
Speaking at the launch with about 100 of Malaysia’s best minds in Australia, Muhyiddin said the global Malaysian scientific community could use the network to discuss general scientific and research issues and represent the voice of the Malaysian scientific community across the world.
They could also use the network to provide valuable collective ideas to improve scientific research and development in Malaysia, promote research collaborations and knowledge sharing, and provide guidance for young researchers, he said.
Below is the missions of Scientific Malaysian, published on our About Us page since we were launched back in 2011.
Missions of Scientific Malaysian:
To provide a platform for the Malaysian scientific community across the world to discuss general scientific and research issues;
To represent the voice of the Malaysian scientific community across the world;
To provide valuable collective ideas in hopes to improve scientific research and development in Malaysia;
To promote research collaborations or knowledge-sharing within the scientific community (both local and overseas Malaysian researchers) and/or with the industry; and
To inspire and provide guidance for early stage Malaysian researchers
We would like to clarify that we have no connections to MSDN. Currently, we are a non-governmental initiative run solely by volunteers – many of whom are Malaysian scientists working or studying abroad. We are passionate about contributing back to the country and these missions were laid out since our inception. It saddened us that Muhyiddin and MSDN chose to copy the exact words of our missions/objectives instead of working with us towards achieving the goals.
In contrast to MSDN, Scientific Malaysian always welcome and encourage the participation of local scientists (those based in Malaysia) as well as Malaysian researchers based abroad (Malaysian diaspora). We hope that the Scientific Malaysian project will act as the bridge between these two, allowing promising overseas Malaysian researchers to continue their growth and contribute to Malaysia from wherever they are, by means of collaboration and knowledge-sharing with researchers and industries in Malaysia. If you would like to join us (registration is free), do sign up at http://www.scientificmalaysian.com/scimy/registration.