PENANG, June 9: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) said he would not allow any nuclear plant to be built in Penang as the federal government's poor maintenance record brought rise to safety concerns.
Last Monday, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Peter Chin defended the argument for the construction of a nuclear plant in Malaysia for the country’s future energy security, saying Malaysia could no longer depend on coal and natural gas as the main sources of energy.
However, Guan Eng said he had lost faith in the Barisan Nasional government’s safety record citing the collapse of buildings in Terengganu as the main reason behind his rejection of the plan.
“Penang will not allow any nuke plant. No faith in BN's safety record when roof of stadium, mosque and bus station can collapse, how to be safeguard against nuke?” he posted over Twitter.
Lim also urged all anti-nuclear activists to vote for Pakatan Rakyat in the coming election if they want to ensure that no nuclear plant will be built anywhere near their homes.
“So anti-nukes (activists) please make sure you have a PR state government or better still (put) us in Putrajaya to make sure there is no nuclear plant in your backyard,” he twitted.
The approval for Malaysia’s first nuclear power plant has come under attack from environmentalists and alternative energy producers, citing that the government rushed through the proposal without proper study and public consultation on the risks of radioactivity.