Missing radioactive device: Home Ministry says no need to panic

Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said there was no need for the public to panic over the Radioactive Dispersal Device (RDD) which has been missing since Aug 10.

“Nothing to be worried about at this moment of time,” he said when met at Parliament.

He said police were investigating the case and the Inspector-General of Police (Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun) would make an announcement on any development in the case.

However, police have yet to determine the motive, said Azis.

“We have yet to determine the motive, whether it was an organised crime or maybe just normal theft case.”

Azis said it was the first time that such an incident had happened.

“It just happened that the device contains radioactive material,” he said.

The New Straits Times reported that the authorities were searching for a 23kg RDD, belonging to a company offering test, calibration and inspection services to the oil and gas industry.

The RDD went missing from the company’s Nissan Navara.

Two technicians of the company had loaded the device into the back of the company’s pick-up truck for a task in Seremban.

They completed the task and left Seremban for their office in Shah Alam at 2am. When they arrived an hour later, they discovered the device missing from their pick-up truck. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd