The government should scrap plans to build nuclear power plants if it had truly learnt the lessons of past nuclear disasters, said Selayang MP William Leong.

PKR Treasurer William Leong pkr fund raising dinner"It appears that the government is merely paying lip service in saying that it has learned the lessons of the nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima.

"If the government has truly learnt the lessons, it should give up the idea of setting up a nuclear plant here and there is no need to carry out the feasibility studies," he said in a statement yesterday.

Leong, who is also the PKR treasurer, also urged the people to "send a clear and firm signal" that it would reject a government that even considers setting up a nuclear power plant in Malaysia.

He was referring to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's written reply, dated Oct 10, to his question in Parliament on what measures were taken to avoid the disasters in Ukraine (then a part of the Soviet Union) and Japan.

Najib defends nuclear power plants

NONEBesides reiterating that only feasibility studies were done at this stage and no field work yet, Najib said that all natural disasters in Malaysia over the past 100 years have been taken into account.

"The government would also study in detail all aspects and impacts of using nuclear power in a wholesome manner before making any decisions," the prime minister had stated in the reply.

In addition, Najib said the Fukushima disaster in 2011 is expected to spur the development of more durable nuclear reactor designs, and the International Atomic Energy Agency is already coordinating the follow-up action.

As for the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, he said the type of reactor involved was only used in former Soviet Union states.

"No Chernobyl-type reactors are being built and existing reactors are being decommissioned in stages in those countries due to safety issues," he said.