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Legal perspectives on nuclear energy and sustainable development in Malaysia

Ghazali, Farahdilah and Ansari, Abdul Haseeb and Mustafa, Maizatun and Wan Zahari, Wan Mohd Zulhafiz (2020) Legal perspectives on nuclear energy and sustainable development in Malaysia. Journal of Nusantara Studies, 5 (1). pp. 169-188. E-ISSN 0127-9386

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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).

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1653/84870
Uncontrolled Keywords: Atomic energy, Energy security, Governance, Sustainable development
Subjects: K Law > K3581 Environmental Law
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Legal Practice
Depositing User: Dr. Maizatun Mustafa
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2020 14:43
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2021 09:38
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/84870

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