My point: Giant step in nuclear energy push here

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the eve of the start of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) 2014.

Yesterday's report ("$63m programme to boost Singapore's nuclear expertise") brings most welcome news to Singaporeans.

The research and education programme is just a baby step when viewed in the context of nuclear power use in the world, but it is a huge leap forward for Singapore.

The Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters have sent shivers down the spines of most of us, but we would be short-sighted to shut the door to this cleaner energy source, given the depleting supply of fossil fuels.

I hope the team of experts we are developing will one day enable Singapore to bravely take another step forward.

Letter by Kammo Liu

This article was published on April 25 in The Straits Times.Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to for more stories.