Forum: Is Nuclear Power an Option for Malaysia?

The Malaysian Government recently stated that it is still conducting a study on harnessing nuclear power to meet the nation’s future energy needs. However, non-governmental organisations (“NGOs”) have responded that the Government is not being transparent with how advanced plans are, and that there has been an absence of sincere public consultation. More worryingly, NGOs are warning against the dissemination of false information by the nuclear industry and other vested interests.

This forum comes at a crucial time because the Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation, which is tasked with assisting the Government to decide about embracing nuclear power, was expected to get Malaysia “nuclear-ready” by the end of 2013. The Economic Transformation Programme lists the deployment of nuclear power by 2021.

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Forum Programme & Speakers:

09:30am: REGISTRATION

10:00am: Welcoming Remarks

10:10am: YB Charles Santiago (Member of Parliament, Klang) – Challenges in ascertaining the government’s nuclear plans

10:40am: Dr. Mohd Zamzam Jaafar (Chief Executive Officer, Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation), representing YB Dato’ Mah Siew Keong (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) – Clearing the air on the government’s nuclear ambitions

11:10am: Hajime Matsukubo (Editor and Liaison Officer, Citizens’ Nuclear Information Centre, Japan) – The experience and challenges faced by Fukushima residents in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident

11:40pm: Dr. Ronald McCoy (Former President of the Malaysian Medical Association and anti-nuclear activist) – Nuclear power is not a viable option for Malaysia

12:10pm: Kiu Jia Yaw (Member, Bar Council Environment & Climate Change Committee) – Nuclear power from an environmental rights perspective

(Format: Each speaker will present for 20-30 minutes. There will be no Q&A immediately after each presentation. Instead, the audience will be invited to write down their questions and submit them to the Moderator for the Panel Discussion.)

12:40pm: LUNCH

13:30pm: PANEL DISCUSSION based on questions from the floor
Panelists: YB Charles Santiago, Dr. Mohd Zamzam Jaafar, Hajime Matsukubo, Dr. Ronald McCoy and Kiu Jia Yaw
Moderator: Roger Chan Weng Keng (Chair, Bar Council Environment & Climate Change Committee)

15:20pm: CLOSING

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