Prof Balbir receives Merdeka Award 2017

| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 11 Sept 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Prof Dr Balbir Singh

Prof Dr Balbir Singh is one of the six recipients of the Merdeka Award 2017, a prestigious Malaysian national-level award that honours outstanding effort and role in living the “Merdeka” spirit.

Dr Balbir, who is listed as a professor at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), and Dr Timothy William were jointly awarded the award under the Health, Science and Technology category for their incredible contribution to the discovery and pioneering work on a new course of human malaria, plasmodium knowlesi.

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The discovery of this potentially fatal zoonotic disease has changed the way it is managed in Malaysia as well globally.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Merdeka Award. Launched by then Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2007, the Merdeka Award was established to recognise outstanding individuals and organisations whose works and achievements have contributed to the nation’s growth and created significant impact for the people of Malaysia.

Merdeka means independence in Malay.

The awards were presented by Perak state ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.


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