NGOs: Don’t go down nuclear path

We, the undersigned organizations, strongly call on the Government of Malaysia to abandon its plan to develop nuclear power plants.

Nuclear power plants have proven themselves time and again to be unsafe, unwanted and unnecessary. The nuclear option should not be considered as a solution to our energy needs.

Over the past two days, we have learnt firsthand of the pain and suffering of our Japanese friends affected by the Fukushima disaster. We do not wish the same for our people.

The Japanese nuclear crisis is far from over and we must not ignore this tragic lesson.

This preventable tragedy has reignited the call from peoples all over the world to reject nuclear power generation. Enlightened governments have responded to this call while others are now reconsidering their decisions to adopt nuclear power.

The ethical response we expect of the Malaysian Government is to adopt a precautionary approach as part of its responsibility to our future generations because nuclear reactors will also leave a permanent legacy of hazardous waste.

Malaysia need not go down the nuclear path. A stronger pursuit of energy efficiency and renewable energy would obviate the need for nuclear reactors.

We demand that the Government of Malaysia be fully transparent and consultative in its decision making process on meeting the country’s future energy demands.

Supported by:

1. Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (BRIMAS)
2. Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP)
3. Ecocentric Solutions
4. Friends of Kota Damansara
5. Green Party of Malaysia
6. Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future)
7. Institute for Development of Alternative Living (IDEAL)
8. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
9. Nuke Off! (Belia Tanpa Nuklear)
10. Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)
11. Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)
12. Third World Network (TWN)
13. Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)
14. Water and Energy Consumers Association of Malaysia (WECAM)