Does Malaysia really need nuclear power?

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THE environmental impact from fossil fuel and increasing global demand for energy has made nuclear power, if not attractive, a more palatable option as an alternative source of energy.

Malaysia, too, has its nuclear energy ambitions. But that took a backseat following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in 2011.

While discussions are still ongoing to roll out a nuclear power programme after 2030, the debate remains – should Malaysia go down the nuclear road?

“It’s a silly, ridiculous decision to make. First of all, it’s not cheap. There are lots of lies about nuclear energy. The subsidies the government has to provide will be phenomenal,” says Datuk Dr Ronald McCoy.

“Nuclear accidents very seldom happen but when they do – like Chernobyl and Fukushima, they are disastrous.”

Click here to read the full interview with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning anti-nuclear group founding member, Datuk Dr Ronald McCoy on AWANI Review.

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