Sabahan is first Malaysian to conduct longest winter research expedition in Antarctica


Sabahan is first Malaysian to conduct longest winter research expedition in Antarctica

BY: Patrick Beech

Ranau-born Professor Dr Justin Sentian made the nation proud by becoming the first Malaysian to conduct the longest winter research expedition in Antarctica.

Dr Justin from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) also raised the Sabah state flag and the national flag in Antarctica during the seven months of research.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor recently congratulated Dr Justin for being the first Malaysian scientist to carry out research in Antarctica. 

"This achievement makes us very proud.

“Even more special is that the Sabah flag was also flown in Antarctica,” he said.

Dr Justin returned the Sabah flag that had been flown in Antarctica to Hajiji as a symbol of completing the Winter Research Expedition in Antarctica.

Dr Justin from the UMS Faculty of Science and Natural Resources conducted the research expedition under extreme cold weather in Antarctica for seven months, between March 21 to October 27, 2023, making him the Malaysian serving longest in the world’s coldest continent.

This three-year study, conducted in collaboration with the Chilean Antarctic Research Institute (INACH) and the University of Santiago examines the role of halogenated reactive halocarbons in surface ozone chemistry and meteorological conditions under extreme winter conditions.