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Malaysia looking at nuclear energy use: minister

Malaysia's cabinet will deliberate next month on whether to adopt nuclear energy to combat high global oil prices, a minister said Tuesday.

Last month, state utility Tenaga said it could construct the country's first 1,000 MW nuclear power plant at a cost of 3.1 billion dollars after being asked by the government to look at the option.

"After it is tabled to the cabinet, an announcement will be made on our commitment to further preparations," Science, Technology and Innovation minister Maximus Ongkili Hon. Datuk Dr. Maximus J. Ongkili is from Sabah, Malaysia. In 2004 he was appointed by Abdullah Badawi as the Cabinet Minister to the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department with a special role promoting National Unity and Integration.

He was born on 26 October, 1953.
 told state news agency Bernama.

"This nuclear energy is vital following the increase in the world fuel price and our limited oil reserve. Moreover, nuclear energy is cheap and clean," he added.

Deputy Prime Minister A Deputy Prime Minister or Vice Prime Minister is, in some countries, a government minister who can take the position of acting Prime Minister when the real Prime Minister is temporarily absent.  Najib Razak said in June that Malaysia may consider adopting nuclear power to meet its long-term Long-term

Three or more years. In the context of accounting, more than 1 year.


long-term

1. Of or relating to a gain or loss in the value of a security that has been held over a specific length of time. Compare short-term.
 energy needs amid surging global oil prices.

Currently, half of Malaysia's power plants run on gas. Other sources include coal and hydropower hy·dro·pow·er  
n.
Hydroelectric power.
.

Last year, the government said it would build Southeast Asia's first nuclear monitoring laboratory to allow scientists to check the safety of atomic energy atomic energy: see nuclear energy.  programmes in the region.
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