Thursday, September 15, 2005

Malaysia Will Not Revive Nuclear Power Programme In The Immediate Future

Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will not revive nuclear power as an alternative energy source programme in the immediate future, Energy, Water and Communications Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said Thursday.

"Not in the immediate future. No need to think about it," he said, when asked on the recent news report that there were possibilities of Malaysia reviving the nuclear programme, which was halted in the 70s.

However, he said such programmes were constantly being monitored.

He was speaking to reporters after officiating the Third National Convention for Energy Professionals with the theme, "Achieving Sustainable Development through Fossil Fuel Conservation", here.

The ideas of using nuclear energy in Malaysia was first mooted during the oil crises of the 70s as the country, then lumped together as a third world nation, was faced with a major energy problem because of high oil prices following the oil embargoes by countries in West Asia.

However, the crises came to pass when oilfields were discovered off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.


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