Readers to my first year's blogging will know I have written a few articles against operating a nuclear power plant in Malaysia.
The primary reason is that we have a very poor attitude towards good maintenance. Perhaps we can blame it on the mild climate and our abundant resources that things get put off untill they fail, following the old adage,
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Maybe they should study the Malaysian genes to check if we have a DNA profile that abhors maintenance.
Imagine if we had a nuclear power plant and after a disaster, the CEO comes up with the pathetic excuse like,
"We had the heaviest rain in 20 years and the pumps to remove the water could not operate as the intake was choked with rubbish".
If the department in charge of controlling all the companies using radioactive material cannot do a simple task of ensuring its own building is properly maintained, how confident are you that it will be able to enforce the strict regime of monitoring a complex operation like a nuclear power plant?
Let's not even think of a nuclear power plant for Malaysia for at least another 20 years.
Photo: Thanks to New Straits Times