Chairman Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay commented in the February 7, 2010 issue of the Straits Times on the issue of nuclear energy in Singapore. This was following the Economic Strategies Committee's recommendation that Singapore begin to conduct studies of nuclear power's feasibility on the island-state.
'We should go back to our fundamental strengths of forward planning and start to understand the issue,' said Mr Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.
Mr Tay, the former chairman of the National Environment Agency, said Singapore should look for emerging technologies that are safest and have the least negative impact on the environment.
One such technology could be pebble bed reactors, he said. These are fuelled by graphite spheres the size of billiard balls combined with small uranium cores.
Mr Tay said: 'We need to scan the horizon, look at the technologies, and start the process of engagement and consultation with the public.
'I'm not sure we're ready to invest in a nuclear plant but let's start considering it, and watch the technology evolve.'