Najib should give full report to Parliament on the previous “bad experience” with nuclear power which former PM Mahathir had mentioned

The Cabinet meeting yesterday was a great letdown and disappointment.

In the wake of the Japanese nuclear meltdown crisis triggered by the double calamity of 9.0 earthquake and tsunami last week, the failure of the Cabinet Ministers yesterday to discuss widespread concerns in the country about Malaysia’s nuclear power plans is the height of irresponsibility and negligence.

The Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili did not tell anything new when he said after the Cabinet meeting that the Malaysian Nuclear Power Corporation would proceed with accepting tenders for companies to conduct a feasibility study on the government’s plans to build two 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plants by 2022.

What really shocked Malaysians is his revelation that the Cabinet had not discussed this matter at its meeting yesterday.

The earlier statements by the Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that Malaysia will learn from the lessons of the Japanese nuclear disaster and the Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Peter Chin that the government will not be secretive but will inform the public about its nuclear power plans are meaningless when the Cabinet does not even think the issue which has dominated national and world attention for the past week as even worthy of discussing at its meeting yesterday!

Many countries have reviewed their nuclear power plans. China, for instance, has announced that it would follow the lead of Germany and Switzerland and pause to review its nuclear power programme – putting on hold approvals for proposed plants and to reconsider long-term plans for 28 new reactors or 40 per cent of all those being built worldwide.

Why has the Malaysian Cabinet acted in so irresponsible a manner?

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had revealed a few days ago that his administration did not pursue nuclear power because of a “bad experience” with the technology.

He said: “The cabinet then only supported the use of four methods to gain energy, namely fuel, coal, gas and hydro. The cabinet was not supportive of the nuclear energy option as there was concern over how we would dispose of the waste. Furthermore, we have had a bad experience with it.”

Najib should give a full report to Parliament next week on the previous “bad experience” with nuclear power which Mahathir had mentioned as this will be a test whether his administration can be trusted to be fully transparent on the issue whether Malaysia should opt for nuclear energy.

  1. #1 by k1980 on Saturday, 19 March 2011 - 1:34 pm

    Arrange a free 24-hour trip to the vicinity of the Fukushima reactors for the pm and all his cabinet ministers. If they agree to the free trip, my family and I will promise to vote for BN for the rest of my life.

  2. #2 by -e- on Saturday, 19 March 2011 - 1:35 pm

    Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation and Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water.

    apparent overlap. the future pr govt should consider merging these 2.

    green technology…just a nice name.

  3. #3 by pulau_sibu on Saturday, 19 March 2011 - 1:55 pm

    ask IAEA, in case they may have records of all the bad experience going around the world

  4. #4 by monsterball on Saturday, 19 March 2011 - 3:49 pm

    You can never convince the Govt. anything….when billions are needed by them to feed…bribe and buy up the country.
    You keep reading few ministers saying their hands are tight…their advises not taken..and they know…the Govt. is doing things with not concern over Malaysians health and futures..yet they still stay in the BN.
    Yes….corrupted to the core it is…and all need to stick together to save their skins.
    I am sick to the stomach to keep reading why are they so stubborn and illogical.
    Let LKS keep exposing them..and we keep true to our determinations to vote them out.

  5. #5 by hallo on Saturday, 19 March 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Maybe it is more effective and fast by send both politicians support to near within 30kim the nuclear plant to Sendai now to learn more about “bad experience” with nuclear power.


  6. #6 by dcasey on Saturday, 19 March 2011 - 5:26 pm

    Why has the Malaysian Cabinet acted in so irresponsible a manner? – YB Kit

    Answer: money…lots of it. Never mind being irresponsible, why they’ve been at it for 5 decades, 1st biggest one committed in 1969. About 2 weeks ago, the cabinet has been condemning the introduction of the electric bicycle, calling for it to be ban and citing ridiculous reasons for imposing such ban. Then hey presto a few days later, we all found out why, the reason because the cabinet was all set for the introduction of the electric motorcycle! Now anyone can tell me which big shot is behind the manufacture and sale of such motorcycle?

  7. #7 by raven77 on Saturday, 19 March 2011 - 7:21 pm

    Easy mah….if Malaysia had a “bad” experience…it has to be the Bangi reactor….

    Just take a drive out there and speak with the folks out there in the kampongs around the reactor and see how many have 15 fingers, 20 toes, two noses, 3 heads and a tail….

  8. #8 by tak tahan on Saturday, 19 March 2011 - 10:34 pm

    They should build future lockup inside the nuclear plant so that easier to dump any entity into the hot chamber they consider scumbag.No DNA or any proof.Besides,no one dare to come close the plant so no witness.Very best of the best win win situation.

  9. #9 by Winston on Sunday, 20 March 2011 - 9:35 am

    Uncle Lim, don’t we all know that our Parliament is a sham?
    The Federal Government will only allow what they want to discuss to be discussed and what they don’t want to discuss, will not be discussed!
    It’s that simple!!!
    Change is imperative!!!!!!!!!

  10. #10 by dagen on Sunday, 20 March 2011 - 11:40 am

    The money is just too good to be resisted. So radiation or no radiation, safe or not safe the show must go on. Well lets say that the show has to go on becasue it would be in accord with asian values jenis umno.

  11. #11 by loo on Monday, 21 March 2011 - 11:02 am

    Just to pay a visit to ARE factory would be good enough….heck, this is how DAP so strong in Kinta Valley. Plus, force these minister to watch “The China Syndrome”.

    Enjoy the good song by Albert Hammond

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