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The Institut Kimia Malaysia (IKM), or the Malaysian Institute of Chemistry, is a professional scientific organization incorporated under the Chemists Act 1975 under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Inaugurated on April 8, 1967, with 27 Founding Members, IKM was subsequently incorporated under the Chemists Act 1975 on November 1, 1977.

The IKM has grown in tandem with the rapid development of Malaysia to become a well-established scientific organization recognized both locally and internationally.

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Membership of IKM comes from the manufacturing and service sectors, universities and other institutions of higher learning, research and development institutions, and government and the education sectors. With a membership of 2,852 as of January 1, 2011, IKM enjoys a prominent place among the scientific organizations in Malaysia and the international chemistry community. The Institute is also playing a leading role in the development of chemistry in Malaysia.

The Vision of the Institute is “Advancing chemistry for knowledge generation, wealth creation and improving the quality of life”. The Institute regulates the practice of chemistry in Malaysia, represents the profession of chemistry and promotes the advancement of chemistry. IKM also plays a key role in the sustainable development of Malaysia, and in preserving and conserving our natural environment and resources for our future generations. The Institute also plays a leading role in the advancement of chemistry in Malaysia and the world.

The Functions of the Institute are as follows:

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    To determine the qualifications of persons for admission as members
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    To provide for the training, education and examination by the Institute of persons intending to be members and of members practicing or intending to practice the profession of chemistry in Malaysia
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    To regulate the practice, by members, of the profession of chemistry in Malaysia
  • d)
    To promote the interest of the profession of chemistry in Malaysia
  • e)
    To accredit chemistry and chemistry-related programs at Malaysian universities and other institutions of higher learning

The Institute is managed by a 13-member Council elected from its membership with the Director General of Chemistry as the Registrar. The Council is assisted by a number of Committees to ensure the smooth operation and management of the Secretariat and various activities (Figure 1).

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Figure 1. IKM Council with Honourable Minister at Malam Kimia 2010.

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The Institute carries out the whole range of professional, scientific, educational, social and promotional activities, including the following:

  • Continuous professional development and continuing education programs
  • Membership examinations
  • Scientific meetings and events including Malaysian Chemical Congress (MCC), Regional Symposium on Total Laboratory Management (QSEL), Forums and Workshops
  • Scientific exhibitions including the biennial LabAsia
  • Chemistry publications
  • Technical and professional visits, and study tours
  • Activities on promoting public awareness and appreciation of chemistry
  • Malaysian national chemistry quiz (K3M)
  • Social functions including the annual Malam Kimia

The Institute also regularly holds regional and international meetings. Among the major regional and international chemical conferences previously organized by the Institute are the following:

  • Asian Network on Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry (ANAIC) International Conferences (1989 and 1993)
  • 5th Asian Chemical Congress (1993)
  • 4th Eurasia Chemical Conference (1994)
  • 12th Asian Chemical Congress (12 ACC, 2007)
  • 10th Asian Conference on Analytical Sciences (ASIANALYSIS X, 2009) (Figures 2, 3 3 )
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Figure 2. Opening of ASIANALYSIS X.

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Figure 3. Participants of ASIANALYSIS X.

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In celebrating the International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011), IKM is organizing the following activities (Figure 4):

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Figure 4. Datuk Dr. Soon Ting-Kueh (Malaysia) and Prof. Supawan Tantayanon (Thailand) at the Launching of IYC 2011 in Paris.

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  • IYC 2011 Essay Writing Competition (EWC)
  • Karnival Kimia Malaysia (K2M) 2011
  • 19th IUPAC International Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CHEMRAWN XIX) 2011
  • 13th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technology (ExTech) 2011
  • LabAsia 2011
  • International Symposium on Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) 2011

The IKM President, Datuk Dr. Soon Ting-Kueh, Hon. Secretary, Prof. Datin Zuriati Zakaria and two students, Yeoh Keat Hor and Foo Chee Cheong, attended the Launching of IYC 2011 in Paris at the UNESCO Headquarters in January 27–28, 2011 (Figure 5).

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Figure 5. Foo Chee Cheong, Yeoh Keat Hor and Soon Ting-Kueh with IUPAC President, Prof. Nicole Moreau, at the Launching Reception of IYC 2011 in Paris.

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The National Launch of IYC 2011 in Malaysia was held on April 15, 2011, at the National Science Centre in Kuala Lumpur with Karnival Kimia Malaysia (K2M) 2011 as the Inaugural Event (Figures 6, 6, 7). The Honourable Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia, YB Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili officiated at the Launching Ceremony.

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Figure 6. Launching of IYC 2011 Activities in Malaysia.

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Figure 7. Hands-on activities at Karnival Kimia Malaysia (K2M) 2011.

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The Institute is a Founding Member of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) and takes an active part in FACS activities. The Institute hosted the 12th Asian Chemical Congress (12 ACC) and the FACS 14th General Assembly (14 GA) in Kuala Lumpur in August 2007. IKM President, Datuk Dr. Soon Ting-Kueh, is FACS Immediate Past President. The IKM is also a member of the Pacific Polymer Federation (PPF) and the Federation of Asian Polymer Societies (FAPS) and takes an active part in these two federations. The Institute is also a member of the Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES) which publishes Chemistry–An Asian Journal (CAJ) together with Wiley-VCH since June 2006. CAJ has been accorded with a 2010 Impact Factor of 4.188.

The Institute became a National Adhering Organisation (NAO) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 2009. In IUPAC, IKM President, Datuk Dr. Soon Ting-Kueh, is a Titular Member of CHEMRAWN Committee and a National Representative of the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE). IKM takes an active part in a number of IUPAC activities. IUPAC is celebrating 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry and Datuk Dr. Soon Ting-Kueh is a Member of the IYC 2011 Management Committee. The Institute will be organizing the 19th IUPAC Conference on Chemical Research Applied to World Needs (CEMRAWN XIX) 2011 with the theme on “Bioenergy and Biomaterials from Renewable Resources” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from September 27–29, 2011.

In addition to its co-ownership of Chemistry–An Asian Journal, the Institute publishes the following:

  • Malaysian Journal of Chemistry (an e-journal of IKM)
  • Berita IKM – Chemistry in Malaysia (a quarterly publication for members)
  • Kimia Kini (an annual publication of the Chemistry Education Section)

The Institute presents a number of annual awards to recognize professional contributions, academic excellence and outstanding meritorious service within its membership and profession. Among these awards are the following:

  • IKM Gold Medal for Distinctive Contribution to the Profession of Chemistry in Malaysia
  • IKM Gold Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research and Development
  • Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen K. T. Yong Award for significant contribution to development in the industrial sector in Malaysia
  • Tan Sri Dato′ Sri Law Hieng Ding Award for significant contribution to chemistry education and/or public understanding of chemistry
  • Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui Postgraduate Chemistry Medal
  • Graduate Chemistry Medals
  • IKM Citation Awards for Meritorious Service

The Institute will continue to play a key role in the socio-economic development of Malaysia. IKM will also play a major role in safeguarding the quality of our environment and ensuring the sustainable management of our natural resources.

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Datuk Dr. Soon Ting-Kueh

President

Institut Kimia Malaysia

127B, Jalan Aminuddin Baki, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: (+60) 3-7728-3272

Fax: (+60) 3-7728-9909

E-mail: ikmmy@tm.net.my