Posted on April 6, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

SEOUL, April 6 2011 (Bernama) — Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown and South Korea’s nuclear technology management featured in talks between Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

Najib, who ended his three-day visit to the republic today, said the matters discussed may help Malaysia should the country decide to adopt nuclear technology.

“If, at some point in the future, we decide to go down this road, we’ll make sure that we get the best technology,” he told a press conference here.

According to the prime minister, Lee was also keen to know about his views on what was happening in the Middle East, especially the Libyan crisis, as South Korea had a lot of business interests in that region.

On domestic issues, Najib said suggestions by some parties that English be used to teach Science and Mathematics would be looked into.

“I’m assessing the feelings of parents, and whether it’s possible to have some kind of flexibility. The matter will have to be studied by the Ministry (of Education),” said Najib.

He was also queried on the issue of illegal immigrants with Malaysian identity cards in Sabah.

Najib admitted that the presence of illegal immigrants in Malaysia was a big problem and that a cabinet committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was handling the matter.

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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’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(the NUclear Club) and developing/aspiring nations -and even the African Union(AU)-around the world have realise both the significance of nuclear power and Renewable Energy(RE) 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.

South Korea has increased the current level of nuclear environmental impact compliance to avoid a repetition of Fukushima in Korea.

Germany has vowed to impose stricter nuclear review on all its nuclear reactors.

Japan will embark on a nuclear review policy to avoid another Fukushima elsewhere in Japan.

Nuclear Best Compliance(NBC) is key.

Jeong Chun Phuoc
Expert Consultant and an Advocate in Competitive Legal Intelligence(CLI)
and a Reader in Competitive Syariah Intelligence(CSI)
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**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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