A civilian was indicted in Butterworth Sessions Court (Criminal Court) on April 22, 2019 for possessing a number of natural radioactive materials (NORM) without a valid license under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304). The charge was made under Section 12 (1) (b) of Act 304. The accused pleaded guilty and was fined RM 20,000 or 6 months imprisonment if he failed to pay the fine.
Violation of Act 304 was first detected at the main entrance of the country when the offender brought in this radioactive material without a valid license under Act 304 with the intention of being used in consumer products in Malaysia. The result of this detection has led to a search on the premises of the company that is processing the consumer product by mixing this radioactive material.
This tracking action is the result of cooperation in nuclear security detection activities (nuclear security detection) with the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) through the role of the National Nuclear Response Management Center (PTNK), and Radiation Detection Laboratory, Nuclear Security Support Center (NSSC) Malaysia in AELB.
Info: Malaysia is implementing strategic cooperation with JKDM through the development of procedures and the use of radiation detection equipment such as Radiation Portal Monitor (RPM) installed at the main entrance of the country to prevent the illegal entry of radioactive and nuclear materials into Malaysia. This collaboration is also supported in terms of equipment assistance and capacity development by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the US Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (US NSDD).
A company carrying out industrial radiographic activities has been suspended for 45 days from April 26, 2019 by the Board for two offenses in breach of the License Conditions issued under the Atomic Energy Licensing Act 1984 (Act 304). The two offenses are to allow a member of the public to carry out industrial radiographic work and store radiation equipment in an unapproved storage place for his company. Action is imposed under Section 22 (1) of Act 304.
The Board takes seriously the importance of complying with the License Conditions issued to ensure that safety, security and regulatory aspects are complied with in accordance with the stipulations under Act 304. This measure is taken to ensure the safety of the public and the environment, while at the which supports the well-being and economic development of the country.
Info: Industrial radiography is an activity that uses radioactive material for non-destructive testing purposes and is one of the industrial activities that are regulated by licensing under Act 304.