Training a nuclear-ready workforce

July 21, 2017

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.


Report: Nuclear power plant in Malaysia by 2030?

June 20, 2017

Dateline 2017-05-24, Malay Mail:

Malaysia could have its own nuclear power plant by 2030 to address the high power consumption in the peninsula, the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) said.

MNPC chief executive Mohd Zamzam Jaafar reportedly said that the peninsula currently generates power from coal (52 per cent), gas (45 per cent) and hydro (three per cent).

“We will only use nuclear power in Peninsular Malaysia because the demand is much higher at around 18,000 megawatt. Sarawak only uses 2,000 megawatt,” he was quoted as saying in The Borneo Post.

2 Malaysians Get Russian Government Scholarship To Study Nuclear Power

May 14, 2017

I am not one of those persons, eh comrade? And I miss that the Aeroflot office was above the Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya offices.

Dateline 2017-04-04, MalaysianDigest:

The Russian government through its embassy here has offered a full scholarship to two Malaysian students to further their studies in nuclear power engineering.

Russian Centre of Science and Culture assistant director, Alena Belozertseva said the gesture would promote exchange of knowledge between Malaysia and Russia.

“We have been receiving some 600 Malaysian students yearly, particularly in medicine and engineering,” she told Bernama at the 50th anniversary celebration of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Currently, 11 scholarship slots are offered by the Russian Government, of which two have been allocated for the Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Power Engineering.

Meanwhile, Russian Ambassador to Malaysia, Valery Yermolov hoped that direct flights between Moscow and Kuala Lumpur would materialise soon.


Public understanding vital before embarking on nuclear power programme

May 11, 2017

Dateline 2017-04-30, Astro Awani:

While the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has certified Malaysia’s readiness to “make an informed decision” on introducing nuclear power, there remains a question mark over whether the public is ready to embrace this particular alternative energy source.

Many are haunted by the disaster that struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan in March 2011 following a massive earthquake and tsunami, as well as the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine where an accident in 1986 caused radiation-related fatalities.


IAEA Delivers Report on Nuclear Power Infrastructure Development to Malaysia

April 20, 2017

As a Council member of the IEM, I want the nuclear prolification portfolio.

Dateline 2017-03-06, IAEA:

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) delivered the final report of a mission that reviewed Malaysia’s infrastructure development for a nuclear power programme.

The Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission took place in October 2016 at the invitation of the Government of Malaysia. It reviewed the status of development of the 19 infrastructure issues using the Phase 1 criteria of the IAEA’s Milestones Approach.

“We appreciate Malaysia’s transparency and cooperation throughout the process of conducting this mission,” said Dohee Hahn, Director of the Division of Nuclear Power at the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy. “Strengthening government commitment and enhancing public awareness will help Malaysia in its decision on whether to embark on a nuclear power programme.”

AELB: Malaysian personnel can handle chemical, nuke threats

April 8, 2017

Dateline 2017-02-28, Yahoo News:

 Malaysia has taken a step forward by equipping its personnel with the skills and knowledge in handling possible chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNe) threats.

Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) director-general Hamrah Mohd Ali said the agency had experts trained to handle activities or incidences, especially on radiological and nuclear threats.

“CBRNe (attacks), if they happen in our country, will be coordinated by the National Security Council, but we will take the lead as the technical agency when it is related to radiology and nuclear threats.

“We will continue to improve our knowledge on radiological and nuclear threats through continuous engagement and exercise conducted with international parties, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“We also keep up with the latest and more advance technology to detect new versions of the threats,” he told the New Straits Times.

New Atomic Energy Bill expected to improve safety measures

March 21, 2017

Oo, safety and nuclear energy. Nothing here you can screw up, eh?

Dateline 2017-02-20, The Star:

The Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) hopes that the Atomic Energy Bill that will be replacing the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304) could be finalised this year.

The Bill would have a better scope for radiation safety, security of radioactive and nuclear materials as well as safeguard nuclear materials mainly for industrial use.

AELB chief director Hamrah Mohd Ali said they have been doing research on the amendment since 2011 after taking into account several factors, including atomic energy control as well as safety aspects for workers who are dealing with it, both public and environmental.

He said AELB had previously conducted a comprehensive and detailed legislative research for the amendments before submitting it to the Attorney General (AG) for further action and finalisation.