Time for Malaysia to revisit nuclear power

February 1, 2023

Get in the fusion bandwagon at ground level and get those patents in.

Dateline 2022-11-01, NST:

THE Russia-Ukraine conflict has exposed a new reality about the world energy mix.

In the United Kingdom, a prime minister was unseated because of a rushed job to address the country’s high energy costs.

The capping of energy prices for UK household heating with no clear strategy on how to pay for the subsidy, cost Liz Truss her job.

In the European Union, countries dependent on gas from Russia worry about how they will manage as winter approaches and demand for energy rises.


IAEA Mission to Malaysia Finds Commitment to Nuclear Security, Encourages Training

January 23, 2023

Ah, when do we get the build it yourself nuclear stockpiles…

Dateline 2022-10-25, Mirage:

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team said Malaysia was committed to improving its national nuclear security regime, including by strengthening coordination between relevant national authorities and by enhancing radiation detection capabilities at its borders. The team, which today concluded a nuclear security mission to the country, encouraged Malaysia to further develop some of its nuclear security plans and procedures, supported by a more comprehensive programme of training and exercises for nuclear security bodies.


Nuclear energy the way to go?

November 11, 2022

Dateline 2022-08-26, The Sun Daily:

MALAYSIA’S response to climate change underpins our international commitments – previously through the Kyoto Protocol 1997 (ratified in 2002), which expired in 2020, and thereafter the now legally binding Paris Agreement 2015 (ratified in 2016), which requires concerted policy focus and action from signatories to ensure the fulfilment of the set objectives and national obligations.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated that the government will continue to uphold Malaysia’s pledge to cut the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 45% in 2030, even as the country’s contribution is less than 0.7%.


In support of safe, clean use of nuclear energy

October 28, 2022

Dateline 2022-08-08, NST:

There are debates about the adverse effects of nuclear energy, namely the possible proliferation of nuclear weapons or the consequences of nuclear accidents, such as that of Chernobyl in 1986 and Fukushima-Daiichi in 2011.

From an ecological perspective, the persistence of nuclear weapons stands out, together with climate change, as the two most significant and interconnected environmental crises globally.

While climate change is known to cause harsh weather, degrade natural resources, shift wildlife populations and affect social systems, nuclear weapons possess the capability of more serious destruction.


Atomic Energy Licensing Board says Malaysia committed to complying with obligations regarding radionuclide emissions

June 16, 2021

Dateline 2021-05-06, Malay Mail:

Malaysia, through the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), is committed to meeting its international obligations, including in matters pertaining to controlling the emission of radionuclides from nuclear installations, into the environment.

It said, during normal operations, a nuclear installation will release part of radionuclides, including tritium, into the environment, usually into rivers, sea and the air and any emissions done need to follow international standards and conditions set by a country’s authorities.


Malaysia reaffirms commitment to NPT in supporting nuclear disarmament

November 4, 2020

Shucks, there goes my pivoting strategy. I need to reread my marketing guidebook, The Fourth Protocol:

Dateline 2020-10-03, The Sun:

 Malaysia has reaffirmed its commitment to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in bringing States Parties together towards achieving the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pix) said despite the challenging security environment and the current greatest challenge of Covid-19, the persistence in pursuing nuclear disarmament must remain.

“As Chair of Main Committee I on Nuclear Disarmament for the 2020 NPT Review Conference, Malaysia hopes that the Review Conference, and its earliest convening at a date to be agreed upon, will be successful in bringing States Parties together towards achieving the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons,“ he said in a statement today.


Free Safety Standards E-Learning Course Launched

October 11, 2020

PSA. Though it is for the nuclear (known in Dune as atomic) industry.

Dateline 2020-09-09, Malaysia Sun:

The IAEA has launched a new online learning course specific to the IAEA safety standards in order to provide interested stakeholders a better understanding of the basis of the safety standards, how they are developed and how they are used and applied in the peaceful uses of nuclear applications.

“The newly developed e-learning course, The IAEA Safety Standards Overview, provides an ideal introduction to the purpose and scope of the IAEA safety standards,” said Juan Carlos Lentijo, Deputy Director General for Nuclear Safety and Security of the IAEA, adding that “the course highlights the safety objective and the ten safety principles that form the basis of the safety standards. The course also explains the hierarchy and structure of the safety standards series.”


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.