Nuclear accidents: oppose Indonesia nuclear energy plans

The nuclear catastrophe unfolding in Japan throws the spotlight on plans in Asia to build nuclear plants.

What particularly worries me is Indonesia. 

Like Japan, Indonesia is perched atop the Ring of Fire. If Japan, one of the most technologically advanced nations, can’t build a safe nuclear plant, Indonesia, with its crumbling infrastructure, weak law enforcement and widespread corruption, can?

Of course, vested parties will say Kita boleh (we can). Like the Commonwealth Games in India, officials will be rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of billions waiting to be siphoned off into their secret bank accounts.

Singapore should vigorously oppose the construction of nuclear plants in Indonesia.

The annual haze that plagues Singapore, thanks to Indonesia, is child’s play compared to a radioactive cloud.

There’s been reportedly 99 nuclear accidents from 1952 to 2009. If Indonesia presses ahead with its nuclear energy plans, it’s only a matter of time before it makes headline news with a nuclear accident.

By then I hope I’ll have transplanted myself somewhere far away. 

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9 Responses to “Nuclear accidents: oppose Indonesia nuclear energy plans”

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  2. it’s not that you can’t build a nuclear power in your country, but look at indonesian culture. every layers of the government filled with corruptions. why is this has anything to do with nuclear plant? of course, can you imagine if the fund to build a nuclear power plant being corrupted at each layers? the nuclear power plant safety will be like an egg shell.

    on top of that, indonesian quality of work is somewhat not enough. they do not have expert in this. they only care if it’s going to fetch them more money or not. i’m assuming that this nuclear power plant will be a joint venture with foreigners. this is how it works… how to make a project so they can corrupt the fund? this is one way of doing it. when it fails, who’s paying for it? not the government of course.

    there are more horrific story about indonesia that i’ve had experienced, this plant shouldn’t be built in another 50yrs or even 100yrs. 0.02.

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