About IFM

WHat is IFM


The Malaysian Institute of Physics (Institut Fizik Malaysia or IFM) is the sole representative body for physicists and for those involved in the practice of physics or physics related work in this country.

The objectives of the Institute include:

  1. Promotion of activities leading to the advancement of physics,
  2. Create avenues for cooperation in the fields of physics education, training, and practice, and
  3. Elevation of the professional status of physicists.

IFM Activities

IFM organises conferences, seminars, courses, workshops and meetings on issues which are not only of current interest to physicists, but also on issues which highlight the important role of physicists in the country's development.

The National Physics Conference (PERFIK) is held once every two years. Here physicists meet to discuss issues pertaining to the many areas of physics. International and regional meetings are also organised. Special courses and workshops are held from time to time, e.g. courses on lasers, plasmas, computational physics, etc.

The Institute publishes a yearly journal (JURNAL FIZIK MALAYSIA) to report up-to-date research findings in physics. A newsletter (BERITA FIZIK) is published to report current and future activities of the institute.

Brief History of IFM

The need for a single body to represent the growing number of physicists in the country was felt by many since the early sixties.

Although most physicists in the universities were members of the UK Institute of Physics, the majority of physicists, especially teachers and those in the research and service sectors, were not.

The first interim committee met in Kuala Lumpur in 1971. The Institute's constitution was later formally approved and IFM was thus established in 1973 with an initial membership of 35.

Message from The President

Dear Esteemed Members,

IFM will be 45 years in March 2018!

I hope it is not too late to wish all IFM members of all races and creed - a belated Happy New Year 2018. Lets wish all for another great Year of Happiness and Success!

In Malaysia, we enjoy festivals of all races and creed and may it remain for all perpetuity.

2017 was another spectacular milestone for IFM. We celebrated the 5th International Meeting on Frontiers of Physics (IMFP) 2017 from 3-7 Dec 2017. In February 2017, with much apprehension amidst the economic scenario in Malaysia and the world, we started the preparations for IMFP2017. So we were delighted that the IMFP attracted about 110 participants. A total of 90 talks including plenary, invited and contributed were presented. More than 50 participants came from Australia, China (including Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Nepal, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. This will be not possible without a great Organizing Committee! A Big TQ to all who worked selflessly in making this possible.

At the IMFP Conference dinner, IFM honoured two of its illustrious Fellows with the Honorary Fellowship of IFM - Academicians' Mazlan Othman and Chia Swee Ping.

On 3rd Dec 2017, IFM hosted the 36th Extended Council Meeting of the AAPPS at Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar. A total of 25 delegates that included Presidents of all AAPPS member societies, AAPPS Division, APCTP and AAPPS Editors attended the meeting. This is the 3rd Meeting hosted by IFM in the last 25 years.

On the same note, 2017 witnessed the formation of the ASEAN Federation of Physics Societies. The signing ceremony of its formation took place on 29th August 2017 in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

I would like to congratulate the various Divisions and subgroups of IFM for their support and activities. The Medical Physics Division held the ACOMP(ASEAN College of Medical Physics) Workshop on Radiation Dosimetry II on 6 Dec 2017 at University of Malaya. About 30 participants from Malaysia and 6 countries attended.

I am delighted to inform you the Jurnal Fizik Malaysia articles published in 2017 were indexed in the Emergent Science Index since early 2017. This is another milestone. We hope to increase JFM visibility with a target of about 50 papers to be published in 2018!

Another cohort of new members were elected to the IFM. The new faces are a great welcome and a sign that physics and related careers are still growing.

I am thankful and grateful to the Council members who continue their role and support in IFM.

To all members, please feel free to share your views or even contribute any news on physics - please write to me at kururatna2012@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Kuru Ratnavelu
- President.

Council and Sub-groups

Council Members

  1. President: Prof. Dr. Kurunathan Ratnavelu
  2. Vice-President: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Roslan Abd Shukor
  3. Hon. Secretary: Prof. Dr. Faidz Abd Rahman
  4. Asst. Hon. Sec: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yong Thian Khok
  5. Hon. Treasurer: Dr. Woo Haw Jiunn
  6. Asst. Hon. Treasurer: Dr. Yeong Chai Hong
  7. Council Member: Dr. Christopher Jesudason
  8. Council Member: Mr. Sivaganthan Jayasingam
  9. Council Member: Prof. Dr. Ng Kwan Hoong
  10. Council Member: Dr. Susan Sipaun
  11. Council Member: Prof. Dr. Hasan Abu Kassim
  12. Council Member: Dr Woon Kai Lin
  13. Council Member: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chin Oi Hoong
  14. Council Member: Ms. Melody Tan
  15. Council Member: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hishamuddin Zainuddin
  16. Council Member: Dr. Tou Teck Yong
  17. Council Member: Dr. Chin Jia Hou
  18. Council Member: Emeritus Prof. Dr. Wong Chiow San


  1. Medical Physics: Prof. Dr. Ng Kwan Hoong
  2. Plasma Physics: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chin Oi Hoong


  1. Optics & Photonics: Prof. Dr. Raymond Ooi
  2. Theoretical & Computational Physics: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chew Khian Hooi
  3. Astronomy & Astrophysics: Prof. Dr. Hasan Abu Kassim
  4. Industrial Physics: Dr. Woon Kai Lin



1. Member of Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) 
2. Associate member of Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) 
3. Associate member of Institute of Physics (IOP)


1. Member of Confederation of Scientific and Technological Associations in Malaysia (COSTAM) 
2. Member of Kumpulan Ikhtisas Sains Malaysia (KISM)