Prof Dr Md Dan Md Palil of UTeM may seem like an ordinary academician. But he has in fact, pioneered a breakthrough in the body armour industry. With a mix of our local coconut fibres, Kevlar, and glass; he has produced cheaper and lighter body armour that is just as effective as ordinary Kevlar vests.
Weighing at 3kg and costing only RM2,000 (as opposed to the usual 8kg and RM16,000 vests), the coconut body armour is able to stop 9mm calibre bullets at a mere 5 metre range as tested by the Defence Science and Technology Research Institute.
Not only that, this innovation won the gold award at the 35th Geneva International Exhibitions of Inventions, New Techniques and Products.
IIUM, another Malaysian institution, has also come up with an ingenious innovation and this may potentially revolutionise cancer treatment in the future.
The development of the personalised MEMS biosensor will provide doctors with a mechanism to determine the amount of cancer cells more accurately. Gauged at two points, before and after the chemotherapy treatment, this cell counting technology allows doctors to better select the amount of drugs needed to treat a patient.
This personalized MEMS biosensor is the first step in offering a technologically advanced, higher-quality and more comfortable medical treatment for the ailing cancer patients.
We are blessed here in Malaysia with the existence of these amazing people with their brilliant minds and their beneficial innovations.
And I say, this is one of the nice things we Malaysians enjoy.