Based on the crisis in Japan, Charles Santiago says the Malaysian government cannot be trusted with nuclear energy.
DAP’s Charles Santiago’s view was based on the ongoing nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi atomic power plant in Japan, where a second reactor exploded this morning.
“Even though Japan has one of the highest security protocols, this nuclear crisis is still taking place,” the Klang MP told reporters in Parliament.
Due to this, Santiago expressed alarm over the government’s decision to press ahead with the building of two nuclear power plants.
According to a Bernama report yesterday, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Peter Chin, said that a feasibility tender had been opened for Malaysia’s planned nuclear plants.
He also said that the government would not carry out the construction of these plants in secret.
However, Santiago remained sceptical, and accused the government of engaging in a “culture of secrecy”.
He said that Malaysia shared this problem with Japan, adding that the latter had tried to cover up its Monju nuclear crisis in 1995.
Santiago said that Malaysia already had plans to build two nuclear power plants under its much-hyped Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
“It is already a decision as it is part of the ETP,” the Klang MP said, adding that the power plants had a budget of RM21.3 billion.
He argued that any nuclear power plant built in the country would pose a serious threat to not only the environment, but nearby population centres as well.
Santiago said Malaysia suffered from a fair share of flood-related disasters, drawing a comparison to the Fukushima crisis, which occurred after tsunami waves swamped Japan’s east coast.
The DAP MP also found it amusing that Malaysia was pushing for nuclear energy, when it had an abundance of domestic energy alternatives.
“Malaysia has a lot of other resources. It is the third largest producer of solar cells in the world. It makes no sense to go into nuclear energy,” he said.
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