Albert Einstein once said that: If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it. These words carry a simple but deep and meaningful message. Very often we take it that if someone comes up with a new idea which does not conform with our norms or present day thinking, we brush it off as absurd. We either detest or condemn it as something worthless or pass judgement before unbiased evaluation.
The aim of science is to explore knowledge, to test old assumptions and to seek new truth. Scientists should not be contented to just fold their arms and watch the world go by. Some ideas may appear absurd but like Einstein said, they may prove useful to mankind in the future. So, such research activities should be viewed positively, encouraged and supported. In this respect, I find the work of Dr. Teo very interesting and commendable. Although he has retired from being a professor at the university he is still very much a scientist and is involved in the research of herbal medicine for cancer, a field of study which I believe is most challenging. I am aware that cancer is a serious worldwide health problem today. We need more than the perspectives of medical science to help understand and solve this problem, or at the very least contribute to lessen the pains and sufferings of the cancer patients if at all a cure is elusive.
Though the use of traditional herbs is popular among Malaysians, unfortunately, their effectiveness and benefits are poorly or not adequately documented. Much of the benefits of traditional cures are passed on through words of mouth. There is, therefore, a need for some sort of scientific documentation on the use of traditional medicine. In this, I am indeed glad and would like to congratulate Dr. Chris K. H. Teo (www.cacare.com)for writing this book, Cancer Success Stories Book 1: In Search of A Cure. I am sure that in the process of carrying out his responsibility to help his fellowmen, Dr.Teo had encountered many obstacles but all the same he seemed to be able to overcome them. I believe and hope that he will continue to do this good work for many more years to come and would not abandon this noble effort of seeking the truth for the benefit of us all.
(Dato' Seri Law Hieng Ding)
Minister of Science, Technology & the Environment,