LEGAL PERSPECTIVES ON NUCLEAR ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN MALAYSIA

  • Farahdilah Ghazali
  • Abdul Haseeb Ansari
  • Maizatun Mustafa
  • Wan Mohd Zulhafiz Wan Zahari

Abstract

This paper explores the potential of nuclear energy, particularly in the power sector, to solve energy challenges and to address the pertinent issues regarding energy sustainability in Malaysia. The deployment of nuclear energy in various developed and developing countries has conspicuously helped sustaining energy security and sustainability due to its compatibility and protection of the environment. In addition to energy security, nuclear energy also offers significant benefits to socio-economic aspects. Thus, nuclear energy in developing countries, including Malaysia, has the potential to emerge as a new prospect in the energy sector using sophisticated technology and expert personnel to maximize the energy benefits with the least environmental risk. This step would certainly meet future energy demands and help accelerate the country’s development with optimum energy generation in the country. Therefore, Malaysia should aim to resort to nuclear power generation whereby the current power sector is mainly generated by traditional means, with only a small fraction of it being renewable energy. With no experience in this field, Malaysia needs to establish collaboration with some country rich with nuclear-resource in order to build, maintain nuclear reactors and treat nuclear wastes. The development of such facility should also comply with the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Moreover, Malaysia has to introduce legislation and policies related to future nuclear energy. Thus, this paper discusses some of the pertinent issues related to the prospects of nuclear power generation in the country towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Keywords: Atomic energy, energy security, governance, sustainable development.

 

Cite as: Ghazali, F., Ansari, A. H., Mustafa, M., & Wan Zahari, W. M. Z. (2020). Legal perspectives on nuclear energy and sustainable development in Malaysia. Journal of Nusantara Studies, 5(1), 169-188. http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol5iss1pp169-188

Author Biographies

Farahdilah Ghazali

Institute of Oceanography and Environment, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

Abdul Haseeb Ansari

Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, 53100 Jalan Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Maizatun Mustafa

Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, 53100 Jalan Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wan Mohd Zulhafiz Wan Zahari

Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia, 53100 Jalan Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Published
2020-01-30
How to Cite
Ghazali, F., Ansari, A. H., Mustafa, M., & Wan Zahari, W. M. Z. (2020). LEGAL PERSPECTIVES ON NUCLEAR ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN MALAYSIA. Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS), 5(1), 169-188. https://doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol5iss1pp169-188