Malaysia won’t use nuclear power, says PM

April 5, 2020

I’m confused, which PM are they talking about?

Dateline 2020-02-10, NST:

Malaysia will not use nuclear power as a renewable energy source as the country’s knowledge in the field is inadequate, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said to date, the world has yet to find the best and safest way to dispose of radioactive waste generated.

“If you have a nuclear power plant, you will accumulate nuclear waste, which is radioactive, and until now they do not know how to reverse the process.


As 2020 comes a-knocking, whither Malaysia’s nuclear power plan?

March 2, 2020

Dateline 2020-01-03, Malay Mail:

Whatever happened to Malaysia’s plan to have our own nuclear plants by 2030?

As the year 2020 approaches, I for one cannot help but notice how this project has yet to see the light of day.

The plan was first introduced in 2012, and was led by the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) that was established a year prior.


Malaysian Government Cancels Plan For Nuclear Power Plant Construction

January 22, 2020

Recently?

Dateline 2019-11-22, Lowyat.net:

Over the years, it was planned for Malaysia to have its own nuclear power plant to cope with our country’s high energy consumption. Recently, the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) has decided not to pursue nuclear energy in Malaysia.


Keep nuclear energy options open

January 2, 2020

Dateline 2019-10-21, The Sun:

AFTER the oil crisis since the 1970s; with the first oil shock triggered by the embargo by Opec in 1973-1974, increasing oil prices four-fold from US$3 to US$12 and the second oil shock prompted by the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and the 2007/2008 unprecedented oil price hike up to nearly US$145 a barrel in July 2008 many countries, including France and South Korea among others, had turned away from high reliance on oil and invested in alternative sources of energy including nuclear power.


Edra Power to establish institute to cultivate domestic talent in renewable energy

July 7, 2019

Nuclear and renewable.

Dateline 2019-06-09, Malay Mail:

Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd plans to set up an international institute in Malaysia to cultivate local talent in renewable energy under the aegis of its parent company, China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN).

It will be one of eight such training institutes in CGN’s active exploration for international talent training methods to support its worldwide operations.

 


Nuclear option should stay

November 27, 2018

Yes, it is an excellent deterent I look forward to when we have backyard reactors.

Dateline 2018-10-04, NST:

PRIME Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently lamented our traumatic experiences with radioactive materials (amang) during his special address at the recent Conference of Power and Electricity Supply Industry 2018 (CEPSI 2018).

He said that until today, scientists still haven’t delivered an acceptable solution for the radioactive waste problem and then stressed that nuclear power should never be an option for Malaysia.

This feels like we are unwittingly turning the clock back to the 80s. This is because nuclear power is now widely acknowledged as the only proven solution for carbon-free base load electricity generation. Nuclear power was so popular in the last decade that there was even a brief period of global nuclear renaissance when climate change felt inevitable and the hike in crude oil prices seemed unending. Unfortunately, the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 put a spanner in the works. Nevertheless, 436 nuclear power reactors are still in operation in 31 countries around the globe. In addition, 55 new reactors are currently under construction. Even Japan, which closed down or suspended the operations of all of its nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster, has restarted a few plants to meet domestic electricity demands.

Germany, on the other hand, decided in 2000 to shut down all of its nuclear power stations. It now imports electricity from (ironically) nuclear-powered France while sweating over a creeping increment of carbon index due to higher reliance on fossil fuels.


Nuclear power is our green future

November 25, 2018

For the record, I agree with the title.

Dateline 2018-11-02, NST:

NUCLEAR power was Malaysia’s last energy option during Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s first tenure as prime minister. The policy was rescinded by his two successors, who studied nuclear as a possible part of our energy mix in the peninsula.

However, now that Dr Mahathir is back at the helm, nuclear power is again out of any energy policy consideration.

He declared during his address at the Conference of the Electric Power Supply Industry (Cepsi 2018) that Malaysia would instead explore full use of domestic coal reserves for baseload power generation.

His stand against nuclear power is not surprising. In a number of his blog posts, he lamented over disturbing experiences with radioactive materials called “amang” during the Asian Rare Earth Bukit Merah controversy.

He claimed that until today, scientists had failed to offer an acceptable solution to the radioactive waste conundrum.

Be it in office or out, he said that nuclear power should never be an option for Malaysia.