Dateline 2019-06-29, The Star:
Research fellow Dr Suhaila Sepeai’s striving hard to push for solar power as an alternative source for electrical supply.
Instead of pouring over novels and comic books like most children, Dr Suhaila Sepeai and her three siblings grew up reading newspapers and Science magazines. It was her father, health inspector Sepeai Sapuan’s way of nurturing and guiding his children’s curiosity towards Science.
“I grew up during Tun Dr Mahathir’s first tenure as Prime Minister and the focus at the time was Vision 2020 and turning Malaysia into a scientific society. So, instead of novels, my father would have us sift through newspapers and magazines like Dewan Masyarakat, Dewan Siswa and Dewan Kosmik. These helped build my interest in STEM subjects,” says Dr Suhaila, a research fellow at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI).