Set up Select Committee for public feedback on nuclear plants, Gerakan urges Press statement by Dr Cheah Soon Hai, Gerakan head of central bureau on environment, safety and quality of life and Derga State Assemblyman

Gerakan has asked the government to take a relook and study the consequences over its plan to build nuclear plants in the country in view of what’s happening to Japan’s nuclear plants following the massive earthquake there.

Gerakan’s head of environment, safety and quality of life bureau, Dr Cheah Soon Hai, said the government should re-assess the pros and cons, benefits and risks of having nuclear plants in the country.

He proposed that the government sets up a Parliament Select Committee to get views and experts’ advice on the matter.

“The government cannot ignore the public’s concern and apprehension over health and safety aspects. The people’s welfare must come first,” he said in a statement.

Dr Cheah, who is also Derga State Assemblyman, said there is no foolproof system to prevent radiation and possibility of leakages because nuclear reactors built today may not be able to withstand the onslaught of nature as well as the environment impact in the future.

He said before the nuclear plants were built several years ago, the Japanese authorities had given ample assurances that they were safe and located away from populous areas.

“Now we see the Japanese authorities and their nuclear experts scratching their heads over the leakages and scrambling to solve the problem. But the people’s lives are already endangered,” said Dr Cheah in a statement.

“Thus, we hope our government will be more careful as we cannot foretell the future. It will be useless to cry over spilt milk,” he added.

Yesterday, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the government would be transparent in its planning, policies and implementation stages with regard to building nuclear plants in the country. 
Chin said there was still time to study everything as the first nuclear plant in the country would not be built for at least 10 years.

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