Malaysia should learn the lessons from the Japan Nuclear Catastrophe

The last six days has been the hardest moments for Japan as a nation as they are faced with an earthquake of a magnitude of 9.0, followed by the nuclear explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plants with a radiation contamination threat.

Malaysians extend their greatest sympathies to Japan for the earthquake that has struck in such unexpected fashion. Indeed, the people of Japan had shown great courage in face of the national tribulation which has been described as the worst disaster of the nation after World War II.

The incident had revealed the inconvenient truth for the proponent of nuclear power that it is a high-risk gamble. Officials in Japan have said that the nuclear reactor was built to withstand disasters. Yet the accident which occurred has caused such detrimental result.

The incident in Japan should be a stern warning for Malaysia and other countries which are contemplating to embark on a nuclear project. While we acknowledge the potential of nuclear energy, adequate precautionary steps need to be taken extra-carefully as once disturbed, the danger posed is much higher than other method of energy generation. Currently, the radiation has increased to 8 times than normal exposure in Japan.

Malaysia is a country blessed with resources and we have other alternatives in energy generation such as solar, water which is more environmental friendly with less risk involved. We are also set to be the world third largest producer of solar cell. Moreover, nuclear technology is a highly water-intensive industry, as water is used as the primary coolant to prevent the reactor from overheating. This is why nuclear plants are often situated on the coastlines so that they can utilize the seawater. This also makes them very vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods and tsunamis.

Studies had shown that nuclear power is not as cost-effective as it is being portrayed. Experts had estimated the cost projections of nuclear power at an average of RM0.50/kWh, higher than the energy generation cost of Malaysia which is RM0.30/kWh. Studies had also shown that the cost of electricity from some forms of renewable energy, like concentrating solar thermal, could be as cheap as RM0.15/kWh by 2020. Instead of investing in nuclear power which neither makes environmental nor economic sense, Malaysia should seriously consider alternatives such as renewable energy.

Moreover, most nuclear plants in the world have suffered significant profit delay and cost overrun. For example, South Korea and Japan have seen a 25 per cent increase in average costs for nuclear energy, in Finland that figure is 90 per cent, and the cost is trending upwards. Could it be a viable industry in Malaysia, given our bad track record in corruption and mega-project failures?

The Malaysian government should take the incident in Japan as a lesson and review its nuclear project. Malaysian government should consider realistically the capability of Malaysia to operate nuclear energy generation – in which the plant works like the huge boiling pot, and more so, to handle it safely and ensure that no accident will occur. If in a developed country like Japan, with nearly 60 years of experience in nuclear technology, miscalculations and accidents could occur, is Malaysia confident enough to handle nuclear plant?

The pros and cons of nuclear project should be carefully studied and weighed upon – this is no laughing matter, as it concerns human lives. Other safer method of energy generation should be relied upon before we embarked on this high-risk venture.

Many countries had called for a halt for nuclear energy, including in Poland, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland. To date, Malaysian Cabinet has been adamant about the pursuit of the project, with the deputy prime minister’s statement that Malaysia aim to proceed with the nuclear ambition, while the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, Peter Chin Fah Kui, is avoiding the issue.

Malaysian Government should learn the lesson from the nuclear catastrophe in Japan and should not risk the people’s safety because of policy carelessness.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 3:13 pm

    ///Malaysian Government should learn the lesson from the nuclear catastrophe in Japan and should not risk the people’s safety because of policy carelessness.///

    Consultation fee and commission charge are already safe in the pocket, who bothers to learn from the nuclear catastrophe in Japan?

  2. #2 by Antitheist on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 3:38 pm

    Malaysia has never been able to learn from its own catastrophes / mistakes, so I find it very unlikely that she will learn anything from those of another country – sadly.

    Our government, with it’s head stuck firmly in the sand, will just continue to massage its own inflated ego and line its pockets at the expense of the proletariat.

    It’s a third-world mentality which will eventually destroy us. Then, perhaps, other countries will learn from our mistakes.

  3. #3 by Thinking Two on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 3:41 pm

    If these people still think it is viable to go ahead then these leaders should lead by example. They should stay around that plants to prove it to the Rakyat that it is safe.

  4. #4 by Thinking Two on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 3:44 pm

    This is what a leader is meant to be. This is a modern society and this world don’t like any leader like this any more. This is a modern world. Do you still need a phone operator to make a phone call for you now?

    All leaders are liars!!!!

  5. #5 by chinkimwah on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Learning from the crooked bridge episode, they will sign the contract to build the nuclear plant. Then they will cancel the contract and pay conpensation in millions RM to the crony company citing rakyat’s interest come first. After that nothing else matters. Our M have taught his students well.

  6. #6 by bullet_kavi on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 4:24 pm

    Well said. And you are absolutely right. As we know that Japan is one of the most advantaged nation in all kind of industries and technology. But still they are facing these kind of problems. Just imagine what will happened if Malaysia come across such problems? So, it is better to think, discuss and plan our plans wisely for not creating problems to us in future.

  7. #7 by Loh on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 5:56 pm

    A: Do you think Malaysia will face the problems about nuclear disaster confronting Japan now.

    B: No, never.

    A: You have so much confidence in the capability of Malaysia?

    B. I am confidence that Malaysia will not be able to have a building standing to house nuclear material. We will never reach the stage of Japan using nuclear power, so there won’t be a disaster.

  8. #8 by dagen on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 6:06 pm

    Come on people. Umno needs new toy. You see, they have been absolutely rubbish in repairing leaky roofs and other things. In fact they are so bad with roofs that one roof, a stadium roof, actually collapsed. And they have this special ability to finish a job some 7, 8 years late. And their columns to support bridges may crack as a result of lousy workman. Now take note that lousy workman does not mean poor workman or poor workmanship. So the contractor was ok. Its the workman. They caused the columns to crack.

    With all these wonderful experience, umno now felt suitably experienced to join the big boys. Big boys play big toys. So umno wants big toys. Umno wants nuclear power plants. See the flow, the logic. More importantly, there is no way singapore could have such a plant. That means singapore will forever remain a little fella down south. Umno’s malaysia, having been to outer space, now wants to be in the league of first world nations. Muhideen has been playing with one such big toy secretly. Ever wonder how he got his face toasted? The secret will come out into the open soon, people.

    Finally, the problem with japan is the japanese did not take into account the fact that rambutan juice could be used to cool down the nuclear fuel rods. Of course dont expect umno to share their juice with japan.

  9. #9 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 6:06 pm

    they can’t even construct a stadium, bus terminal, hospitals without the roof collapsing or leaking, now they want nuclear plants? what super nuclear umno morons.
    good grief how I benci them.

  10. #10 by Thor on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 6:08 pm

    Malaysia will learn???
    No way man!!!
    You just let them build it, put them there and nuke them.
    Only then will they learn, in hell of course!

  11. #11 by Loh on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 8:37 pm

    ///The Malaysian government should take the incident in Japan as a lesson and review its nuclear project. Malaysian government should consider realistically the capability of Malaysia to operate nuclear energy generation – in which the plant works like the huge boiling pot, and more so, to handle it safely and ensure that no accident will occur. If in a developed country like Japan, with nearly 60 years of experience in nuclear technology, miscalculations and accidents could occur, is Malaysia confident enough to handle nuclear plant?///–Kit

    Malaysia certainly has capable personnel to operate nuclear energy generation except that they have either migrated or will not be employed in such activities. In a sense Malaysia has spare capacity.

    The powers-that-be are only interested in construction projects. They will move to construct the building for housing nuclear energy generation equipment. Even if the building can stand its own weight the building would remain white elephant. Alternately, a new administration will call off the project to compensate the contractors, and restart the project again like the crooked bridge.

  12. #12 by Godfather on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 9:00 pm

    You don’t need to have earthquakes or tsunamis for accidents to happen in Bolehland. Stadium roof can collapse, hospital roofs can leak, Parliament House can leak, brand new Courts Complex can also leak.

    Then we have the best givers of excuses in this administration. “Leaking roofs are good because nuclear reactors need water cooling.” “We were not told the full story.” “The cabinet was misled.”

  13. #13 by tak tahan on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 10:13 pm

    Frankly speaking,nobody in their right mind will believe those goons are capable to build nuclear plant at the least safety guideline or precaution requirement.Wastage and under-perform jobs are well understood asssociated with them.One thing we can envy them is their fast and infamous way of making illicit money thru commision.

  14. #14 by HJ Angus on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 10:19 pm

    One lesson we can learn is “Don’t trust your leaders who hide behind the OSA”.
    Since TDM has revealed that Malaysia has already had incidents with their puny nuclear reactor, we should have a public inquiry to learn the facts so we can really make a more informed decion on nuclear power.
    Failing that, we should exercise our option to vote out a recalcitrant government that has a death wish of nuclear radiation for its citizens.

  15. #15 by Godfather on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 11:02 pm

    The days of “BN knows best” are over. The days where Peter Chin, the Minister of Energy, can write a letter of support (a la PKFZ) for a nuclear plant contract are over.

    Pakatan must campaign against nuclear power on our soil. The majority of Americans are now against nuclear energy. Our rakyat feels the same. Aside from the astronomical costs, the risks to the rakyat are simply not quantifiable.

  16. #16 by waterfrontcoolie on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 11:03 pm

    YB, since they have said they wanted to build it; just ask them to name the site or State; come GE, PR will have enough to inform the people who will decide the outcome! do encourage them to tell us what their plans are!!

  17. #17 by yhsiew on Thursday, 17 March 2011 - 11:24 pm

    Radiation dose and Effect:

    2 millisieverts per year (mSv/yr)
    Typical background radiation experienced by everyone (average 1.5 mSv in Australia, 3 mSv in North America)

    9 mSv/yr
    Exposure by airline crew flying New York-Tokyo polar route

    20 mSv/yr
    Current limit (averaged) for nuclear industry employees

    50 mSv/yr
    Former routine limit for nuclear industry employees. It is also the dose rate which arises from natural background levels in several places in Iran, India and Europe

    100 mSv/yr
    Lowest level at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident.

    350 mSv/lifetime
    Criterion for relocating people after Chernobyl accident

    400 mSv/hr
    The level recorded at the Japanese nuclear site, 15 March

    1,000 mSv single dose
    Causes (temporary) radiation sickness such as nausea and decreased white blood cell count, but not death. Above this, severity of illness increases with dose

    5,000 mSv single dose
    Would kill about half those receiving it within a month

  18. #18 by ablastine on Friday, 18 March 2011 - 12:33 am

    Having a nuclear plant in Malaysia has nothing to do with power generation. Chances are the plant will never become functional although cost overruns into the billions is inevitable just like all government projects. After the goons in UMNO has lined their pocket thoroughly from the project they will just abandon it for another bigger and even more lucrative futile venture. Nothing is new.

  19. #19 by undertaker888 on Friday, 18 March 2011 - 7:45 am

    umno goons want to turn us into 1mutants. 1malaysia is too hard to achieve. think of it I kinda like to be wolverine. yeah. claw them goons.

  20. #20 by dagen on Friday, 18 March 2011 - 9:20 am

    Roofs continue to leak after a 100 yr guarantee was given. Now that is umno for you. Well samy actually. But then again he spoke for umno and still does. The point is this very special knowledge could be applied to drip water onto exposed nuclear fuel rods from the roof. Ah ha, you americans and obviously you japanese too didnt think of that did you people?

    Speaking of people, yeah I met some people recently – well hmmm anyway lets call them people alright. They are from outer space. From somewhere called cybertron, I think. They told me about a certain cube of theirs now held by the americans. It gives out energy. Very fluid energy. Can you picture that? No? Now if you poke something at it energy would then flow across that whatever is poking it to whoever is holding that something. Yeah. Like water. But not water. Energy. Flowing energy. Get it? Umno too came to know about it. So umno commissioned its best brain in the whole country, one Tun Tan Sri Dato Seri Dato Datuk Dr Prof Apapunboleh bin Similancixxpunok to develop an energy tap to turn on and off the energy from refined uranium. Obviously to mimic the flowing cube energy. Betuuul. Benaaar. The cybertronians heard, well they said so, that some minister actually tested the partially completed tap and got burned or something. No. Maybe toasted. Yeah toasted. The face. On the face, if I recall what the cybertronians told me.

  21. #21 by Ray on Friday, 18 March 2011 - 11:24 am

    Umnoputras>>>the best option for their Nuclear Power plant location site is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur city next to Pet twin tower which good as the power distribution cost reduces much more for bigger commissions $$$ ..But when this nuclear thing goes wrong someday …everyone will become black charcoal…Approved this Project by Perunding Umno Sdn Bhd.

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