Soon, a law to open Malaysia’s doors to space

A law is being drafted to provide permission and licensing for launching satellites into space. (Freepik pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is drafting a law to regulate the space industry in Malaysia, said Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Ahmad Amzad Hashim.

He said the absence of a law on the space industry had caused Malaysia to lag behind other countries that have signed various space agreements.

“Due to time constraints and some improvements in the Space Bill, it could not be tabled at the last sitting of the Dewan Rakyat. We hope the bill can be tabled soon so that we have laws to regulate the space industry, especially regarding licensing and permission to launch satellites,” he said after opening World Space Week celebrations at the National Planetarium today.

Amzad also witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Malaysian Astronautics Association, National Planetarium, Malaysian Scout Federation, Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology and Malaysia Space Initiatives for the setting up of a consortium known as Spacevio.

Spacevio, the acronym for Volunteering Involving Organisations for Space, was set up to develop a space community in Malaysia.

Former national astronaut candidate Captain Faiz Kamaludin, founder of the astronautics association, said he hoped the agreement would further develop the space industry by instilling awareness on space science in the community through workshops, webinars and virtual activities.