Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Malaysia)

Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)
Kementerian Sains, Teknologi, dan Inovasi

Logo of the Ministry Of Science, Technology and Innovation
Ministry overview
Formed 1973 (1973)
Preceding Ministry
Jurisdiction Government of Malaysia
Headquarters Level 1-7, Block C4 & C5, Complex C, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62662 Putrajaya
Employees 4,795 (2016)
Annual budget MYR 1,526,963,800 (2016)
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah
Ministry executives
  • Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur, Secretary-General
  • Mohd Azhar Yahaya, Deputy Secretary-General (Policy)
  • Zulkifli Mohamed Hashim, Deputy Secretary-General (Science)

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Malay: Kementerian Sains, Teknologi, dan Inovasi), abbreviated MOSTI, is a ministry of the Government of Malaysia that is responsible for science, technology, innovation, space science, chemistry, nuclear, meteorological, standards, atomic energy, remote sensing, design, technology park, biotechnology, astronautics, cyber security, nanotechnology, venture capital, venture debt, AIDS, research. The current minister is Wilfred Madius Tangau.

It was created in 1973 by the federal government as the Ministry of Technology, Research and Local Government and was reformed in 1976 as the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE). Following the cabinet reshuffle of 2004, MOSTE evolved yet again to its current form.

The objective behind the creation of the ministry is to improve competitiveness in the fields of science and technology through the generation of knowledge and sustainable development.[1]

Portfolio responsibilities

  1. National Space Agency, or Agensi Angkasa Negara. (Official site)
  2. Department of Chemistry Malaysia, or Jabatan Kimia Malaysia. (Official site)
  3. Malaysian Nuclear Agency, or Agensi Nuklear Malaysia. (Official site)
  4. Malaysian Meteorogical Department, or Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia. (Official site)
  5. Department of Standards Malaysia, or Jabatan Standard Malaysia (JSM). (Official site)
  6. Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), or Lembaga Perlesenan Tenaga Atom. (Official site)
  7. Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (MRSA), or Agensi Penderiaan Jauh Malaysia. (Official site)
  8. National Science Centre, or Pusat Sains Negara (PSN). (Official site)
  9. MIMOS Berhad. (Official site)
  10. SIRIM Berhad. (Official site)
  11. Malaysia Design Council, or Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM). (Official site)
  12. Technology Park Malaysia, or Taman Teknologi Malaysia. (Official site)
  13. Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp), or Perbadanan Bioteknologi Malaysia. (Official site)
  14. Astronautic Technology (M) Sendirian Berhad (ATSB). (Official site)
  15. CyberSecurity Malaysia. (Official site)
  16. NanoMalaysia Berhad. (Official site)
  17. Malaysia Venture Capital Management Berhad (MAVCAP). (Official site)
  18. Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV). (Official site)
  19. Kumpulan Modal Perdana Sendirian Berhad. (Official site)
  20. National Institutes of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM), or Institut Bioteknologi Kebangsaan Malaysia. (Official site)
  21. Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), or Perbadanan Pembangunan Teknologi Malaysia. (Official site)
  22. Academy of Sciences Malaysia, or Akademi Sains Malaysia. (Official site)
  23. Inno Biologic Sendirian Berhad (InnoBio). (Official site)
  24. Malaysian Foundation for Innovation, or Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia (YIM). (Official site)
  25. Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF), or Yayasan AIDS Malaysia. (Official site)
  26. Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation, or Yayasan Penyelidikan Antartika Sultan Mizan (YPASM). (Official site)

Key legislation

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is responsible for administration of several key Acts:

Agencies and institutions under the ministry

MOSTI controls and supervises a number of institutions that are responsible in providing technical services to the government and the public.

MOSTI's agencies
Agencies Role Notes
Malaysian Centre For Remote Sensing (MACRES) Remote sensing, telemetry, geographic information system (GIS) and research Headquarters (HQ) in Kuala Lumpur and ground receiving station in Temerloh, Pahang
National Science Centre Promoting awareness, appreciation, interest and understanding of science and technology Bukit Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
National Oceanography Directorate Marine science and oceanography development HQ in Putrajaya
National Space Agency Research and development of space science HQ in Putrajaya
Department of Chemistry Malaysia Chemical analysis, investigation/forensic and consultancy services HQ in Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Malaysia Nuclear Agency Nuclear technology research and development Bangi, Selangor. In possession of a TRIGA Mark II, 1 MW nuclear reactor since 1982[2]
Malaysian Meteorological Department National meteorological monitoring services and natural disaster warning. Central Forecast Office, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 341 data-gathering stations nationwide
Department of Standards Malaysia National standards and Accreditation body HQ in Cyberjaya, Selangor
Atomic Energy Licensing Board Control and supervision of radioactive material usage in industries. The board also checks and enforces safety rules. HQ in Dengkil, Selangor
Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre HQ in Cyberjaya, Selangor

Besides divisions and agencies of the federal government, MOSTI supervises companies set up by the government or through incorporation of a government body.


MOSTI provides grants for research. Funds available are placed under specialised schemes, such as ScienceFund, TechnoFund (Pre-commercialisation and IP acquisition fund), InnoFund (Enterprise innovation and community innovation fund), eHCD (Human capital development fund), eIRPA and the Brain Gain fund.

List of Federal Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
Wilfred Madius Tangau

since 29 July 2015 (2015-07-29)
Style Yang Berhormat Menteri (The Honourable Minister)
Member of Cabinet of Malaysia
Reports to Parliament of Malaysia
Seat Level 7, Block C5, Complex C, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62662 Putrajaya
Appointer Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
Deputy Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah


  1. Ministry Of Science, Technology and Innovation - MOSTI organisational history, 2007
  2. Triga reactors worldwide - Revised, February 2003

See also

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