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No radioactive contamination detected in country

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- No radioactive contamination has been detected in Malaysia to date after the March 11 nuclear incident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan, the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry confirmed today.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB), as part of its standard procedures, was continuously monitoring the environmental radiological level throughout the country via the Environmental Radiological Monitoring System.

The system is located at seven sites (Chuping, Ipoh, Senai, Melaka, Kuantan, Sri Aman and Kudat).

"Reading at these sites continue to show levels are normal and safe for the people," he said in a statement today.

Malaysia's regulatory limit considered safe for the people is 0.5 micro-Sievert per hour.

Nonetheless, he said, the AELB would continue with its monthly sampling, especially for seawater throughout Malaysia at Kota Bharu, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan, Mersing, Kuching, Labuan and Kudat.Since April 2, various samples, including rainwater, seawater, drinking water, soil and vegetation were taken from various points all over Malaysia

to monitor the possibility of radioactive contamination in the country. Maximus said the AELB and Malaysian Nuclear Agency would continue to offer free individual contamination screening at their headquarters.

People requiring screening and verification of industrial products imported from Japan can make enquiries with ANM at 03-89251201/019-3877609 (Ibrahim Ali) or 03-89256270/019-3888031 (Zulkifli Hashim), he added.


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