Two scientists received the 2014 MTSF Science and Technology Award, 17 researchers received the 2014 MTSF Science Education Award and 17 science educators the 2014 MTSF Science & Technology Research Grant.
"I hope more Malaysians, including those in non-scientific communities, will participate in MTSF and further promote science and technology fields," he said at the 21st MTSF award presentation ceremony here today.
His speech text was read, on his behalf, by Selection Committee Chairman Tan Sri Augustine Ong Soon Hock.
Meanwhile, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin said the MTSF Science and Technology Research Award can help increase interest and engage young researchers in science and technology.
"A robust pipeline of local research and development talents remains critical for Malaysia to achieve its long-term goal for sustainable growth based on creativity and innovation.
"This would sustain our efforts in ensuring enough human capital with a passion for science," he said.
Ewon said in the last two decades, 618 Malaysian scientists, researchers and secondary science teachers, nationwide, benefited from the MTSF awards.