The last time I spoke out against a nuclear plant in the country, I got plenty of flak.
There was plenty of talk about how nuclear energy is cleaner, that it would beat us relying on fossil fuels, that the technology was tested and greener alternatives were costlier to research or implement.
Let me be frank about the main reason I don’t support us going nuclear:
I don’t trust the government.
I don’t trust it to administer the plant with qualified staff, put in place the proper safety procedures, keep the tendering process open or not let the whole process become mired in corruption.
Now all you opposition supporters – no, I don’t want to hear your usual “This is why you should vote for Pakatan in the next election”. Shush already. You are sounding like brainwashed parrots and this is not a political note. This is a very angry non-partisan.
And if you say it anyway, I’ll delete your comment and/or unfriend you. I am not a democratic country.
The more likely scenario will be the typical one:
Plant construction contract will be given in a closed tendering process to some firm that some politician/relative of politician has interests in.
It will cost taxpayers at least 20 percent more than it actually does.
Construction work will be delayed/done shoddily.
Some asskissing yes-man will be in charge of the whole thing despite being as competent as SpongeBob in an arms factory.
Waste management will be handled by someone whose idea of nuclear waste disposal is dumping it in Port Klang.
I know I sound incredibly pessimistic but all I have to do is point at TNB Sabah.
Years of shoddy infrastructure management, power outages and endemic corruption. And you expect me to believe the federal government can be trusted with a nuclear plant?
Fossil fuels, coal and the like are harmful to the environment right now and are just unsustainable in the long run.
But ‘cleaner’ nuclear energy leaves behind waste that will outlast us and hundreds of generations. Short of shooting the stuff into space (sorry E.T), nuclear waste disposal is always going to be hazardous and fraught with potential risks.
Until the government can prove competent management of our current energy facilities, I am vehemently opposed to nuclear energy in this country.