So I recently came across this most shocking document published in 2008 by the Malaysian Science and Technology Information Centre (MASTIC) regarding the awareness of science and technology among Malaysians. The statistics I found were nothing short of horrifying.
Based on the statement “Human beings as we know
them today developed from earlier species of animals”
50.8% of Malaysians consider the theory of evolution to be false whereas 31.7% are unsure of the subject, meaning only 17.5% of Malaysians consider it to be true
. This is a shockingly low number.
What's worse is that MASTIC considers the correct answer to be FALSE.
It should be noted that the public’s responses to the evolution ... do not indicate familiarity with or ignorance of scientific concepts and issues. instead, they are statements of a person’s beliefs or philosophical stand more than his or her knowledge of the concepts.
In this survey and its predecessors, Malaysian scientists have regarded the two statements as FALSE
That's right, the science and tech branch of our government officially believes in creationism. We are all doomed.
The report also revealed some other really interesting things about how ignorant Malaysians are about science:
-MASTIC considers the Big Bang theory as FALSE.
-About 30% of Malaysians did not know or were unsure that the Earth revolves around the sun.
-Over 90% did not know or were unsure that antibiotics killed bacteria and not viruses.
-About 85% did not know or were unsure that lasers focus light instead of sound.
-About 85% of Malaysians entertained the thought of our ancient ancestors living with dinosaurs ala Flintstones.
So yes, many Malaysians know very little about science and technology but the issue that really boils my blood is MASTIC's purposeful misinformation and ignorance regarding issues like evolution and the Big Bang theory.
Grrrrr.... Anyone with anything to say?
1. The Public Awareness of Science and Technology Malaysia 2008 (MASTIC)
The good stuff starts in page 18 onwards.
2. An article in TMI on said report- In denial over evolution, in denial over science.