Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Melaka Virus Row: Will Chua Kaw Bing Forced To Retract The PNAS Paper?

It wasn't really the 'hey-I-don't-want-to-get-my-hands-dirty-in-fighting-crime' minister's research. But because of a brilliant opportunity to score brownie points due to the very imminent general elections, lembu punya susu, sapi yang dapat nama (the ghee gets credit from cow's milk).


And this is the paper in the high impact scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS). View the full paper (open access) here.

But the Melaka CM is not happy.


To quote:

Mohd Ali urged the ministry to retract the use of the name immediately, adding it was "not a good name" and that the virus should just be named after the doctor or scientist who discovered it.

So he would be happy that the virus named after a kaum pendatang as Chua virus?

And this is what you get when you mix science with politics and have an (ex-) medical doctor who has no idea of scientific research coz he is too busy getting his arse fat with the gravy train money.


Welcome to Malaysia, truly you-can-simply-change-the-name-of-virus in scientific research!

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