Pakatan won’t build nuke plants, says minister

October 4, 2018


Dateline 2018-07-20, Malay Mail:

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government does not plan to build nuclear power plants or explore nuclear energy, minister Yeo Bee Yin said.

The energy, green technology, science, climate change and environment minister also said the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation, the regulatory agency for the nuclear sector under the Prime Minister’s Department, will be closed in the near future.

“Plans for nuclear power plants will be cancelled and some corporations will also be abolished, there’s no difficulty in doing this because the previous government did not sign any contracts for this,” Yeo said in an interview with Malay Mail.

Malaysia’s nuclear power plants dream far from definite

March 20, 2018

Shucks, I had a gamma ray chamber all set up, and Dr. Horrible was going to preside the opening.

Dateline 2018-02-08, Malaysian Reserve:

Malaysia is unlikely to put into motion any concrete plans to build the country’s first two nuclear power plants before 2030.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the government is not expected to commit to the 2030 target due to the complexity of the issue and the need for a detailed study before such implementations.

“We also do not want to panic the public. At the same time, the government wants to learn more (about the technology) before embarking on it,” she told The Malaysian Reserve in a recent interview.

Malaysia had initially planned to commission the country’s first and second nuclear plants in 2021 and 2022 respectively, as outlined under the Economic Transformation Programme.

Malaysia lauded for careful nuke approach

December 15, 2017

I would keep an eye out for Datuk Seri Nancy, as nuclear will be the way to go once the O&G industry dies down, and Semenanjung will complain that Sarawak has too much influence in the energy industry. This is assuming that the flux capacitor isn’t invented in Balakong by then.

Dateline 2017-11-02, Inquirer.Net:

Speaking at the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power here yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as well as the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have singled out Malaysia as a role model for the level of care it displayed.

“Malaysia’s comprehensive groundwork at this early stage and how we are carefully making our decision can be a model for newcomer countries to emulate.

 “IAEA likes how we are carefully making our decision,” said Nancy after delivering her keynote address at the two-day conference attended by 700 ministers and policy makers from 67 countries.

Nuclear Techniques in Achieving SDGs: IAEA and Malaysia Host Seminar

November 5, 2017

Dateline 2017-10-13, IAEA:

More than 200 participants took a hard look at nuclear science and technology and how it could help them achieve their development objectives during the IAEA’s first ever national roundtable seminar on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Held in Malaysia last month, the event involved officials from government, academia and non-governmental organizations and focused on several areas, including nuclear techniques for water resources and environment conservation and nuclear technology for the promotion of sustainable agriculture.

Seek new opportunities, Nancy reminds Malaysians

October 13, 2017

Yes, Datuk, we are trying.

Dateline 2017-08-31, Borneo Post:

Malaysians have the responsibility to keep looking for new opportunities  for progress that would make their ancestors proud and provide their grandchildren with a flourishing country they call home.

In stating this, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said in this period of growth and development, the nation must not forget to look back to what led the country to where it is today.

“Over 60 years ago, the nation fought for its independence, an endeavour that would not have been accomplished but for the cooperative support of the entire country.

“Today, the need of a union between Malaysians that transcends race, religion and even gender has not dwindled but perhaps become even more crucial. If we are to effectively pursue the development of our country, we must not forget the values that brought us here today,” she said in her National Day message yesterday.


Can Malaysia embark on nuclear power? Not quite yet, say experts

September 8, 2017

We can do creative accounting, ‘course we can do creative nuclear energy.

Dateline 2017-09-08, NST:

Before Malaysia can consider embarking on developing nuclear energy, it has to consider many factors, including improving existing laws, as well as engaging the public.

Malaysia Nuclear Power Cooperation (MNPC) chief executive officer Dr Mohd Zamzam Jaafar said these factors include changing public perception, improving existing laws, and signing additional treaties pertaining nuclear energy.

“Although nuclear energy may be considered necessity in the long run, the public are concerns over the matter.

“Therefore, we must first engage the public and get their feedback before any decision could be made on the use of nuclear energy.

“We also need to improve our existing Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 as well to be part of treaties pertaining nuclear energy,” he said when met after the Public Information on Nuclear Energy seminar today.

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.