Dateline 2017-06-04, The Star:
Efforts at building local human capital continues as such expertise cannot be developed overnight, or fast-tracked, if the country wants its nuclear efforts to be sustainable.
LIKE the rest of its regional peers such as the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam, Malaysia has been drawn to the benefits of nuclear energy for the past few decades.
Under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Malaysia announced in June 2009 that it would seriously look at nuclear power as one of the options to diversify the country’s sources of energy, which is heavily reliant on fossil fuels like coal (mostly imported) and natural gas (partly imported in the form of liquefied natural gas or LNG).
Following this, the country immediately embarked on a drive to send promising students to further their studies in countries that are already nuclear-powered, such as Britain, France, Japan, the United States, and South Korea.