11 Jul '11, 6am

ASEAN nations reconsider the nuclear option

ASEAN’s flirtation with the idea of nuclear power may be coming to an end as a result of Japan’s Fukushima disaster, and with it the hopes that Japan harboured until a few months ago of selling multi-billion dollar nuclear power packages in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam are all taking a second and more critical look at the nuclear option while the Philippines may decide against reactivating a nuclear power plant built under former president Ferdinand Marcos, according to experts from across the region. At what was termed an ‘emergency dialogue’ organised here at the end of last week, senior officials and academics argued that if countries do choose to take the nuclear route, they must be ‘nuclear ready’ and better prepare their citizens for possible accidents. They also stressed the need for generally improved disaster preparedness and colla...

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