Use funds for proposed nuclear plant on green energy – Sepa

Posted on March 22, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

-The Borneo Post-

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa) wants the government to freeze the proposed nuclear plant project and instead channel the funds towards developing green energy.

Its president, Wong Tack, yesterday stressed history proved that such technology would only bring more sorry to the people, which would last for generations.

“Is it necessary to take the unnecessary risk? This is not only for us but for our future generations,” he said, calling on Malaysians to unite to oppose any nuclear project.

He said there have been many failed projects in the past, such as the Rare Earth Element in Perak in the 1980s and the Mamut Copper Mine in Ranau, Sabah, in 1999, that left the government spending billions of ringgit to do clean-up up to today.

“The radiation pollution causes haphazards to those living in the area. Many people fell sick with cancer, to mention some. It was that one decision, one misconduct in the administration that left thousands of people to suffer, and it goes down to many generations.”

He said Malaysia would be making a mistake for pursuing with the nuclear project, where the radioactive mineral would be brought from Australia to be processed in Kuantan, Pahang.

“If it is something good, then why Australia is sending it to be processed in Malaysia? Even developed countries like Japan is importing theirs from China.

“After what happened in the two areas, Malaysia is still proud to claim that they will have the largest processing plant in the world, and that it would generate some 7,000 job opportunities. But if something goes wrong, millions of people will lose their livelihood. The fishing industry in West Malaysia and tourism in Pangkor and Penang islands will be affected.

“Even (former prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not keen on the project because he knows what happened in the past. Let us not repeat the mistakes. The decision we make today will affect not only our generation, but our children’s children, think not just today but in the future,” he said.

Wong, therefore, called on Malaysians to unite to oppose the nuclear project.

“The West Malaysians should take the cue from Sabahans. The people of Sabah are united and we manage to scrap the coal plant project, and if you unite, you will be able to do the same with the nuclear plant. Make sure our children and their children will not suffer. Unite together to protect the environment for the good and welfare of the future generations. Be a responsible generation,” he said.

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