Malaysia ‘not rushing to go nuclear’, says Najib

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

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(IANS) Malaysia Friday said it was putting on hold its plans to seek nuclear power, announced barely three months ago, in view of the nuclear fallout in Japan.

‘I think many countries around the world are going through a re-evaluation and we will leverage on that. The government will make a final decision when the time comes,’ said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in an interview.

He said Malaysia was fully aware of the repercussions of Japan’s nuclear fallout. The government will not rush to crystallise its nuclear power plans, as its viability is still being evaluated.

Najib said to make sense of the nuclear plan, the government still has to go through rigorous feasibility studies, in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis.

‘The people must be very secure about the project, and if implemented, it will be good for the country.’

‘The important part is to get a positive buy-in from the people,’ he was quoted as saying in The Star.

He said plans to engage the international community for feedback and implement safety features that adhere to international best practices is on the table as well.

Last December, the government announced the plan to build two nuclear power plants that will generate 1,000 megawatts each, with the first to be operational in 2021, and the other, a year later as part of an overall long-term plan to balance energy supply.

The government cited nuclear power as the more prominent choice in balancing the energy source, due to lower maintenance costs and lower tariffs in the long-run.

Currently, gas accounts for 64 percent of Malaysia’s energy generation, with the remainder coming from coal, official Malaysian news agency Bernama said.

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2 Responses to “Malaysia ‘not rushing to go nuclear’, says Najib”

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“Nuclear power as a sustainable alternative to Global Energy Crisis”

The Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago and the recent radiation catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan must not be taken out of context.

Malaysia aspiration to have 2 or even 4 nuclear plants is a move in the right direction in the light of current global energy crisis.

Developed and developing nations around the world have realise both the significance of nuclear power and Renewable Energy as twin thrusts in achieving energy sustainability in the long run.

The adoption of nuclear best practices and environmental impact compliance are therefore crucial in ensuring that the Chernobyl and Fukushima incidents will not be repeated in Malaysia and elsewhere in ASEAN/ASIA region.

……………..
Jeong Chun Phuoc
Expert Consultant and an Advocate in Competitive Legal Intelligence(CLI)
and a Reader in Competitive Syariah Intelligence(CSI)
He can be reached at Jeongphu@yahoo.com

**The above professional analysis is the writer’s personal view and in no way represent the view/position of the research institutes/thinktanks/organisations to which he is currently attached to.

“Nuclear power as a sustainable alternative to Global Energy Crisis”

The Chernobyl disaster 25 years ago and the recent radiation catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan must not be taken out of context.

Malaysia’s aspiration to have 2 or even 4 nuclear plants is a move in the right direction in the light of current global energy crisis.

Developed and developing nations around the world have realise both the significance of nuclear power and Renewable Energy as twin thrusts in achieving energy sustainability in the long run.

The adoption of nuclear best practices and environmental impact compliance are therefore crucial in ensuring that the Chernobyl and Fukushima incidents will not be repeated in Malaysia and elsewhere in ASEAN/ASIA region.

……………..
Jeong Chun Phuoc
Expert Consultant and an Advocate in Competitive Legal Intelligence(CLI)
and a Reader in Competitive Syariah Intelligence(CSI)
He can be reached at Jeongphu@yahoo.com

**The above professional analysis is the writer’s personal view and in no way represent the view/position of the research institutes/thinktanks/organisations to which he is currently attached to.


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