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Negative public perception on nuclear energy

KUALA LUMPUR, April 28 (Bernama) -- The use of nuclear energy, which is seen by the government as an alternative way to generate electricity in future, is facing hurdles because of the people's negative perception of this energy source, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Noriah Kasnon said this was because the public's awareness on nuclear energy and its long term benefits in terms of power generation was still low.

"Another hurdle the government might face is cost in view of the fact that it costs four times more to build a nuclear power plant compared to a coal-fired one, although many are not aware that in the long run nuclear energy is the most cost effective besides being environment-friendly because no pollutants are produced," she said in replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Nor Hayati Onn who wanted know what was holding up development of nuclear power plants for electricity generation.

Noriah added that the people often got confused between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, which entailed a separate technology altogether.

Earlier, when replying to the original question from Senator Ahmad Hussin, Noriah had said that the government was conducting feasibility studies on the use of nuclear energy for electricity generation and that the findings were expected to be known by 2012.

Presently, gas energy contributes to 60 percent of electricity generation in Malaysia while coal makes up 24 percent and the rest based on hydropower and biomass fuel.

MySinchew 2010.04.28


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