DOES MALAYSIA NEED NUCLEAR ENERGY?
10th October 2009 Hotel Armada, Petaling Jaya
Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility
Centre for Environment, Technology & Development, Malaysia
with the support of
the Selangor State Government
the Malaysian Medical Association Foundation
Concerns about climate change and the supply and cost of oil have stimulated a “nuclear renaissance” and given the nuclear industry a new lease of life. In order to revive its sagging fortunes, a resurgent nuclear industry is promoting and justifying nuclear power as a panacea for global warming.
Despite the hype about the burgeoning future of nuclear power, the International Atomic Energy Agency made the embarrassing announcement in September 2008 that the nuclear power industry is in a state of global decline. The world’s nuclear electricity generation decreased by two percent in 2007. Fourteen countries that are currently building nuclear power plants are accumulating substantial and costly delays.
On 21 June 2008, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government was willing to consider the use of nuclear energy, but not before exploring alternative sources, such as solar and hydro energy.
Before the government of any country decides to embark on a nuclear energy programme, it has a duty and responsibility to have an open and honest debate with the people of that country. It needs to deal with the mythology of nuclear energy – the myth that nuclear energy is clean, that it is cheap, that it is safe, that it is the answer to climate change, and that it will not increase the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation.
0900 - Registration
0915 - Opening address
- YAB Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Chief Minister of Selangor State
0930 - Is Nuclear Energy a Viable Option?
- Dr. Mark Diesendorf, Deputy Director, Institute of Env. Studies, University of New South Wales
1000 - A Nuclear Free Malaysia
- Dato’ Dr Ronald McCoy, President, Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility
1030 - MORNING BREAK
1050 - Is Nuclear Generated Electricity a Feasible Option for Malaysia?
- Dr Mohd Zamzam Jaafar, Head, Nuclear Unit, Tenaga Nasional Berhad
1120 - People Power vs Nuclear Power
- Dr Gloria Kuang-Jung Hsu, Chair, Taiwan Environmental Protection Union
1150 - Panel Discussion: Nuclear Power in Southeast Asia: Regional Issues
- Chair: Assoc Prof Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
- Ms. Lina Alexandra, Researcher, Department of International Relations, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Indonesia
- Mr. Tara Buakamsri, Campaign Manager for Thailand, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
- Mr. Collin Koh, Researcher, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
1315 - LUNCH
1400 - A Sustainable Energy Path for Malaysia
- Mr Gurmit Singh, Chairman, Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia
1430 - Shell’s record on Energy Efficiency
- Dato’ Saw Choo Boon, Chairman, Shell Malaysia
1500 - How can Renewable Energy take off in Malaysia?
- Ir Dr Philip Tan, Institute of Engineers Malaysia
1530 - Green component of Malaysia’s electricity generation mix
- Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohd Noh, CEO, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB)
1600 - Q & A
1630 - Concluding remarks by organisers
1700 - TEA and adjourn
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