A group of NGOs has warned that the government is going ahead with plans to build two nuclear power plants. A final decision on the location of the plants will be made in 2014 – the point of no return.
Where will they be located? The NGOs say they have learned that seven potential sites have been identified:
- five coastal sites, one each in Kedah, Perak and Terengganu and two in Johor.
- two inland sites, near Tasik Temenggor, Perak, and Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu.
Why are we thinking of nuclear plants when there is so much reserve capacity? Why not safer forms of renewable energy? Is it because nuclear power plant involve big money and mega contracts for the chosen concessionaire?
See the full NGO statement on the Aliran website.
Meanwhile, Energy Minister Peter Chin claims he is in the dark.
On a claim that the government had identified seven potential locations for nuclear plants in the country, Chin said he had heard nothing of it.
“I have received no report on this, and I don’t know where this news comes from.
“There has, of course, been no progress into this because what progress could there be,” he said.
If that’s the case, the government must categorically state that it will not build nuclear power plants. But will it?