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PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby daisyt » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:41 pm

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 09/1/.html


SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong again stressed that Singapore has not made a decision on nuclear power but it is an option that must be studied.

He said this at a news conference on Wednesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is in Singapore for a two-day visit.

Germany had on Monday announced it would shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022.

It is Dr Merkel's first visit to Singapore as German Chancellor.

Mr Lee also noted that she is his first foreign visitor after he was re-elected to Parliament, just as he was her first foreign guest when Dr Merkel became Chancellor in 2005.

Both leaders made clear that Singapore-German relationship is an important one for the two countries.

Singapore is Germany's main trading partner in Southeast Asia, while German companies have long made their presence felt here, particularly in manufacturing.

Latest figures show that bilateral trade amounted to some S$20.5 billion in 2010.

Germany is also Singapore's biggest trading partner among the EU countries.

Both leaders agreed over the hour-long discussion to increase cooperation in R&D and support for enterprises.

They also agreed on the importance of ASEAN and the EU ties.

Dr Merkel said: "Cooperation between the EU and ASEAN needs to be further enhanced, needs to be further developed to the benefit of both, because these are after all two economic regions that wield quite considerable economic clout, and therefore lend themselves ideally to co-operate even more in the future."

What was not on the table was nuclear energy. He said Singapore is still exploring the option.

Prime Minister Lee said: "We need to understand it, because I think this is something which will not go away. And even if we don't do nuclear energy, our neighbours will do nuclear energy, and we need to understand the implications for us."

Asked about his choice for the post of IMF chief, Mr Lee said this would be decided on merit.

He said: "I would not say that I'm looking for an Asian candidate. I think we want to look for the best person who can do a very difficult job, which is crucial towards the stability of the global monetary system."

Asked by German media about the significance of Mr Lee Kuan Yew's retirement from the Cabinet, Prime Minister Lee said that even when Mr Lee Kuan Yew was still in the Cabinet, decisions were already being made by PM Lee and the younger ministers. The senior Mr Lee would interject and express his views at times.

"What has happened is that now that he has retired, this has become more visible, and that's all," he said.

Dr Merkel also met President SR Nathan at the Istana, as well as Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

The German Chancellor was also hosted to a state dinner by Prime Minister Lee. Her visit ends on Thursday.

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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby daisyt » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:43 pm

I don't feel comfortable. And to be fair to all mankind, if our neighbours are thinking of one, we should have a right to voice out our concern.

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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby pinky » Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:56 pm

after seeing what happened to Japan, I have my doubts

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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby verykiasu2010 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:03 am

just watching CNN .... some people were asking what is the risk of a plane crashing into a nuclear reactor ?

we should have a referendum on going nuclear

I am against it
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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby SAHM_TAN » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:12 am

Germany a country bigger than ours in size (so have more distance to run away) is going to shut their nuclear power plants. While we, a country with no place to run, is still considering

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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby Daddy D » Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:09 am

The scarier thought is.... if other ASEAN countries also adopt this nuclear option.... :xedfingers:
We can run but cannot hide...

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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby poppy15 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:55 am

what's the point of studying nuclear when all it takes is a tiny ba-boom to blast us up to outer space?

we cannot even compare to germany or japan...

one small radiation is enough to make singapore a history

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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby sunflowerseed84 » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:18 pm

our neighbours as in malaysia? if someth bad *touchwood* happens we are really stranded with nowhere to run liao.

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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby pinky » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:05 pm

WCW wrote:if head not so big dnt wear such big hat...


another trying to catch up with the Jones attempt :siao:

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Re: PM Lee says S'pore must study nuclear option

Postby Daddy D » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:14 pm

pinky wrote:
WCW wrote:if head not so big dnt wear such big hat...


another trying to catch up with the Jones attempt :siao:


Or SG studying how to re-sell nuclear power, replacing crude oil... good $$$... good GDP... good luck....
:xedfingers:

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