All that is needed are other substances to make an explosive device, says a source at the Atomic Energy Licensing Board.
PETALING JAYA: The missing 25 kg of radioactive material can easily be converted into a bomb, according to a source from the AEC.
"All that is needed is other substances to make a big explosive, and we hope it will not fall into the wrong hands", the source told FMT.
He warned that exposure to the substance could cause nausea and vomiting, followed by diarrhea, headache and fever.
After the first symptoms round, there may be a short period of time without apparent disease, but this can be followed by more severe symptoms within a few weeks.
At higher levels of exposure to radiation, all of these symptoms can be immediately apparent, along with widespread – and possibly fatal – damage to internal organs.
Long-term effects include cancer, the source said.
That is why he said that AELB worked closely with the police to determine where the device was located. The public is encouraged to come forward if they have information about the matter.
The state police of Selangor confirmed the theft of a RMDK radioactive radioactive Dispersal Device (RDD) of 23 kg.
Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat said two engineers from the company where the device was missing were arrested on August 11th.
"They were in custody for a week, but were released because no evidence was found that linked them to the case," he told FMT.
Meanwhile, Bernama quoted police inspector-general Mohamad Fuzi Harun because this was not the first time that such an apparatus was missing, because the first case was reported last year.
"Nobody has received information about this," he said after an event here.
The New Straits Times (NST) reported today that the AELB and the police were looking for the disappearance of the RDD after it was missing when it was transported from Seremban, Negri Sembilan, to Shah Alam, Selangor.
The RDD is a non-nuclear industrial radiographic device. It contains the radioactive isotope Iridium-192 that emits beta and gamma radiation.
The newspaper quoted metallurgy expert Abd Nassir Ibrahim, the managing director of the Madani NDT Training Center, because the equipment was used in various engineering projects, including the construction and maintenance of power plants, chemical and petrochemical plants and car factories.
Radiation is energy that moves in the form of waves or fast moving particles.
It occurs naturally in sunlight. Man-made radiation is used in x-rays, nuclear weapons, nuclear power plants and for the treatment of cancer.