Msia must spearhead ASEAN free-nuclear-energy zone

Abdulhadi Khalid, Secretary-General, Anak Malaysia Anti Nuklear | .

The 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) will be tabled in Parliament in the upcoming session in May. This will outline the government’s programmes and policy shifts for the next 5 years. In line with ETP, the 11MP could also include Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) becoming a reality in Malaysia.
In fact, NPPs are far from just being an idea. The Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) was established in 2011. Various in-door discussions have taken place.
A week ago, Rosatom, a Russian state atomic energy corporation publicly stated that they will be in the running to bid for Malaysia’s first NPP. They are one of the biggest players in the nuclear industry housed in Moscow, and offer a ‘Build-Own-Operate’ package which governments find hard to refuse.
Jordan and Vietnam are the latest to have been swayed, with both signing deals in earlier this year to set up their first power plants respectively.
And Malaysia is now a target and will be utilised as the door to entering ASEAN.
But the World Nuclear Symposium has called for a worldwide ban on uranium-mining at a meeting in Quebec last week. And they also went further to demand that states phase out and eliminate use of nuclear power for purposes of energy generation because there are alternatives.
The World Nuclear Symposium demanded that all  states,  authorities  and  Peoples  phase  out and  eliminate  nuclear  power generation  and  use,  and  dedicate  themselves  to  the development  and  use  of  intelligent  energy
services based on sustainable, safe and renewable energy resources;
We, ‘Anak Malaysia Anti Nuklear’ (AMAN), support this call which was headed by a group of experts throughout the globe who are advocating for a nuclear free environment.

Among many we also recognize;

  • Nuclear power is not a cost-effective, timely, practical or safe response to climate change.
  • The unique health, environmental and social dangers present at all stages of the nuclear chain,  from  the  exploration,  mining  and  milling  of uranium,  to  nuclear  power.
  • The  risk  of  contamination  resulting  from  the extraction,  use  and  storage  of radioactive substances presents a unique and grave threat to all living creatures, their environments and watersheds, transcending all political and geographic boundaries and enduring for eons to come;
  • There  are  stores  of  radioactive  waste  throughout  the  world  that  have  not  been effectively isolated.;
  • Compelling  scientific  evidence  that there  is  no  safe  dose  of  exposure  to radioactive  emissions,  and  that  even  small  doses  can  present  health  risks  to  miners  and  local populations, animals and plant life.
  • Technological  development  of  nuclear energy  opens  the  door  to  the development  of  nuclear  weapons  against  which  there is  no  effective  protection,  and  that  nuclear power generation facilities present a serious threat in and of themselves.

Naoto Kan, Japan’s Prime Minister when Fukushima struck, had this to say. “Prior to Fukushima, I believed that such a severe accident would not happen in Japan, I continued nuclear power under this belief. When Fukushima hit, I clearly knew that my beliefs until then had been completely wrong.”
It is unarguable then that NPPs are a clear and present danger to any environment which houses it.
Instead, we urge the Malaysian government to heed the call by the World Nuclear Symposium that there is a urgent need to explore intelligent and safe renewable energy resources for a more sustainable and democratised energy development.
Such a move would also come as a benefit to the people of Malaysia as they will take ownership of energy generation and also result in a positive effect in lower costs. This will come as a vital boost in light of the incredible cost of living Malaysian are having to face.
Prime Minister Najib Razak must also prove that he is taking the threat of NPPs seriously, as has been done in more developed and forward-minded nations.
As such, AMAN echoes the call for Malaysia’s NPPs to be stopped immediately, stripped out of the current ETP  and not be part of the 11th Malaysia Plan. Malaysia, as the Chair of ASEAN for 2015 must spearhead the plan for an ASEAN Free Nuclear Energy Zone.

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