Sheer arrogance

There is a saying that “when the roof leaks, comes the horrendous rain the whole night”. I am sure all of you know what it means– when a situation is already bad enough, more bad things are happening.

This is indeed what has happened in Japan. First there is the big quake, then the tsunami, then the  nuclear crisis which the French (experts in nuclear facilities) classifies as level 6, just a level below Chernobyl, the worst nuclear disaster the world has seen. We have now the threat of certain coastal areas in Japan which may be flooded during the high tides expected tomorrow with the super-Moon at its nearest distance from Earth since 1993. then there is the extreme cold climate and blizzards. How how unfortunate, and my heart is with the Japanese people…

Out of this grim picture, we have seen the heroic acts of the workers at the Fukushima plant. The 50 or so workers (one report listed it at 150 rotating in shifts) know that it is now a suicidal mission to work close to the failities and yet they have no qualm going in after withdrawing very briefly. radiation exposure can cause instant death, but even if they can avoid that by using some forms of protective gears, the long term effect is almost certain… cancers of the various kinds..

I salute these unnamed heroes.

Then I saw another picture of Japanese lining up to receive food and water. It was so orderly, no asking for more, just quietly taking what was given to them  and nodding in thanks. In many other countries, people will be rushing and pushing each other to get to the front of the queue.

There is also a report from wikileak that some experts had actually warned the Japanese government that a nuclear facility would not be able to withstand a quake above a magnitude of 7.0 and it was unsafe to build such plants in Japan and yet the government still thought it safe and went ahead. This is typical of government s everywhere.

This actually raise a very significant point for countries planning to have nuclear reactor to generate electricity. Nothing man-made will be safe forever. No matter how many safety features you can put into, there is always the unknown factor, Mother Nature and human error.

China has announced that it is suspending all future nuclear plants pending a review. I thought that is prudent and what a responsible government should do.

In Malaysia, our 2nd in command has said that we are going ahead with our nuclear facility. The reason being that we have the experts and we have no Earthquake.

Can our expertise be better than the Japanese, or the American or the Russians? We have the Chernobyl incident, the Three Miles island incident which were not caused by natural disaster. In both cases, human error played an important  part, even though Chernobyl had also certain design faults.

Malaysia is a small country. If we have a nuclear reactor in West Malaysia and an accident happens, the radiation is going to affect the whole peninsular.  Prolonged exposure to long term low level radiation is still harmful and raises the risk of developing a cancer many many times.  Radiation fallout will affect land and rivers, and thus our food chain will be affected. Mind you, this effects are not just temporary but long term. The worst thing about radiation is that it is something you cannot see or feel.

I have mentioned in my last post that it will be unfair to the people if the government insists on going ahead. The least it can do is to suspend and review the project.

It is really sheer arrogance and political insensitivity to insist on proceeding with the project when the Japanese crisis has not even been contained.


21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. stupid kid
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 11:23:20

    I agree with you that the Malaysian Government should review its nuclear plant plan. How about the 1MW nuclear power plant in Bangi, Dr. Hsu? Heard it is just for research purposes and so far no accident reported or we just dont know. Should kind of do some epidemiology study on the population of Bangi right Doc?


  2. petestop
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 11:43:03

    Even China who can send a rocket to the moon using own technology (instead of sending a space tourist into space), balked at the idea of further expansion of nuclear power plants.

    Let’s analyse the BeEnd govt sloganeering.

    1Malaysia – but the Home Minister just demonstrated the sheer arrogance by defacing other religion’s Holy Book. That subject other people’s Holy Book to the control of man by stamping “By Order of Home Ministry” and forcing a serial number on it, claiming it is a threat to national security. What crap!

    Rakyat didahulukan – but the Deputy Minister just demonstrated the sheer arrogance of going ahead with Nuclear plant despite so many objections from the Rakyat

    Pencapaian diutamakan –

    Here, UM drops out of top 200, and yet
    Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin told The Star demonstrated sheer arrogance that “We do not want to be obsessive about world rankings”

    BeEnd cannot change, it is this sheer arrogance before the 308 tsunami, and they continue with this sheer arrogance.

    The upcoming Sarawak election will be a measure on where majority of Malaysian wants the country to go. Whether they want to continue with the sheer arrogance and the stupidity of being “katak bawah tempurung” or they want to open their eyes and recalibrate themselves versus where the world already moving.


  3. KK
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 12:02:18

    Hey nowhere I am going to live anywhere within 150 km from the nuclear power plant.
    A nuclear power plant disaster is bound to happen going by the work ethics , competency and past records in Malaysia.
    Noway man !


  4. disillusioned citizen
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 12:53:40

    This is what we say Malaysia Boleh – boleh in anything where even advanced nations cannot achieve!


  5. SunGod
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 13:57:29



  6. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 14:47:42

    Dear KK

    Even living more than 150 km from a nuclear plant does not help if
    there’s serious radiation leak e.g.

    Significant radiation detected as faraway as Sweden and Finland after the
    meltdown at Chenobyl in the Ukraine in 1986. Sweden is more than
    1,000 km from Chernobyl!


  7. clearwater
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 15:58:45

    If they build a nuclear plant in Malaysia, I’m joining the exodus out of the country. That surely is the beginning of the end. I’m not sticking around to hear someone say…. ‘oops’…. after x number of years. You know the quality of building and maintenance here.


  8. monsterball
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 16:18:07

    Patton slapped a soldier to wake him up not to be a coward and had to apologized to the said front of all soldiers assembled.
    Years later…he was proven right to slap that said soldier…where against all odds…he won many battles against Germany…building battalions of fearless stuffs….with his fearless examples too.
    UMNO B will be very happy to see all Malaysian Chinese run away.
    The love for country and people are still low.
    It is always personal benefits that matters most.
    Treat it as a war against a gang of robbers and thieves out to steal all our possessions…and you will not run matter what they plan to do.
    If Najib can declare he will lay down his life to defend his corrupted government..stay put and vote him out for a better tomorrow.


  9. petestop
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 17:04:51

    Under current BeEnd govt, we can’t even prevent Parliament from leaking.

    You think they can prevent Nuclear Radiation leaks ?

    Oh ya, most likely will end up employing “consultants” to handle the Nuclear Reactor, meaning more bail out time as the cost overruns becomes higher and higher.


  10. Cawan Lama
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 21:08:13

    Dear Doc,

    I will be happy to share the risk of radiation in Malaysia IF they build the nuclear reactor in Bukit Tunku, Country Heights or Putrajaya.

    Majority of Malaysian is Moron because they keep voting for Moron as their leader.

    Thank you.

    Cawan Lama


  11. disillusioned citizen
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 22:08:42

    I just read that the nuclear plant in Gebeng will start production on March 31 2011!! Where are the opposition leaders? Where are the petitions? Where are the protests? HELP!!!


  12. sosong
    Mar 18, 2011 @ 22:38:29

    Nuclear plant should NOT be built in Malaysia within the next 40 years, after 40 years then?? can or not, talk later!


  13. looes74
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 00:18:42

    How I wish Jimmy Carter is our Prime Minister. A nuclear engineer by training. You have watched the documentary that he went to the nuclear reactor. I bet this Mooh Mooh would leave the country the first instance things go wrong. Here is his message


  14. Meng
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 20:05:51

    We are still the best. Malacca mono rail , on the opening day, only ten minutes of the ride and stop for good. World record.


  15. looes74
    Mar 19, 2011 @ 21:41:52

    Dr Hsu,
    Lovely song by Albert Hammond. Perhaps, we should send it to Mooh Mooh


  16. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 08:02:15

    Dear Dr Hsu

    The rare earth processing plant being built at
    Gebeng (near Kuantan):

    “Satu lagi projek BN”


  17. Dr Hsu
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 10:16:00

    I asked this question in face book, and i ask it here:are we so poor and so hard up for investment that we need to become the rubbish dump of a developed country?

    radiation is the the worse enemy … we can defend against thieves, robbers; we can take precaution against fire and flood.. but for radiation, it is something we cannot see.. Once there is a leakage, and contamination occurs, it affects food, soils, rivers, water source and so on..That is why Australia cannot build a rare earth factory in their own country.

    This is a small country.. Worse, corruption is bad.. so there is no guaranntee that some contaminated foodstuff will not be passed off as safe and be sold in open market, if any leakage occurs.. I dread to think of an accident happening in the rare earth factory or a nuclear plant in future..


  18. very sad
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 12:46:35

    If the pollution index is not even made public, can we expect something deadly like radiation leakage to be published so that the rakyat and the whole world know? No way, Kuantanites are going to die a slow death. There goes the picturesque town, which tourist would want to bathe in the polluted sea?


  19. stupid kid
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 14:36:05

    I think Malaysia is trying to please everybody at the moment to win some friends. By the way, did some small research on the small nuclear operator world. Areva of France, Entergy and Exelon of USA build reliable nuclear power station. The nuclear power plant’s future trend is to build small nuclear station unlike the old behemoth design 40 years ago. The Japanese plant is over 40 years old and located in an earthquake zone. Not that I fully support building a nuclear station but can we come up with a blueprint for one.


  20. petestop
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 18:30:13

    In my line of work, I happened to meet many industry leaders here.
    Many of whom had to have connection with govt in order to succeed (meaning: get the license)

    The thing I notice is that most of them have homes in Australia or other countries and their family are PRs there.

    So, in reality they could’nt care less, as the wealthy will always have mobility and ability to “jump ship”, if any nuclear disaster or radiation leak is to happen in Malaysia.

    At the end of the day, it is the poor that still suffers, and ironically, it is the poor that is so easily conned by all the 1Malaysia goodies (backed by the same cari kan tau fella), to vote for BeEnd.

    The Rakyat should say “enough is enough !!”

    Indeed as Nazri said, Gerakan is a party without grassroot. It already lost its ways, when its founding philosophy is to struggle for the Rakyat.
    Now it only struggles for the “cari kan tau” gang.

    And Nazri is right again, describing MCA as the bitching wife, who complains everywhere, but unable to ask for a divorce from UMNO.

    BeEnd is but one BIG FAT LIE, as is 1Malaysia. It is all about UMNO and nobody else.


  21. wisely
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 21:29:02


    Actually US were the first to say they will continue with nuclear power plant and Obama fly to Chile to help them built one.

    But I do agree that we should try wind and solar which i believe is the safest but just the cost is dearer.


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