Team set up to locate missing radioactive device

Iskandar Shah Mohamed

SHAH ALAM: THE police and Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) have activated a team to locate a 23kg Radioactive Dispersal Device (RDD), which has been missing since Aug 10.

The team will work round the clock and one of its main focus is on the search for the RDD, an industrial radiography equipment, which contains isotope Iridium-192, and emits beta and gamma radiation as it decays during its estimated half life of 73 days.

Selangor police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor said his men had yet to obtain new leads. “We have yet to receive any information that would point to the possibility of the device being taken out of Selangor,” said Mazlan after the Selangor police contingent level Ibadah Qurban Perdana programme at Surau Khalid Al-Walid here yesterday.

Present were Mahsa University Chancellor Tun Zaki Azmi and Lembaga Zakat Selangor (LZS) chief coordinating officer Abdul Basith Hamid.

The programme was jointly organised by Mahsa University, LZS and Media Prima Bhd.

Forty-two cows and goats were sacrificed and distributed to 80 poor people, Muslim converts and the community.

The RDD was discovered missing on Aug 10 at 3am by two technicians of a company that owns industrial radiography equipment.

The two had loaded the device into a pick-up truck after completing a task in Seremban. At 2am, they left for their office in Shah Alam, where upon arrival, they found the device missing. Police and AELB feared that the device would fall into the hands of irresponsible parties, such as terrorists, or the public, who may see it as scrap metal that can be sold for money. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd