Recalling the plot of a "Mission Impossible" film, the Malaysian authorities and the AEC (Atomic Energy Licensing Board) are desperate for a radioactive disperser (RDD) that has been missing since 10 August.
In reality, the danger of the RDD can not be underestimated, since the industrial radio equipment contains the radioactive isotope Iridium-192, which emits beta and gamma radiation while it decays during the estimated half-life of 73 days.
If it falls into the hands of terrorists or those who know what the device is, this could pose a serious threat to national security.
An even worse scenario would be if a person who has no idea what the RDD is, gets it in its hands, as if it were being dismantled or tampered with, their environment exposed to dangerous radioactive materials.
As reported by the New Straits Times, the device has a market value of $ 18,280 and fortunately the hazardous substance in the RDD is safe as long as it is in the lead shielding housing.
The RDD, which belongs to a company that offers test, calibration and inspection services to the oil and gas industry, was first missing on 10 August when two company technicians discovered the device that they disappeared in their vehicle after they had completed a task. Seremban had completed.
A source from the AELB said: "We appeal to those in their possession to contact the police or AELB, do not open it, it can not fall into the wrong hands, because the consequences can be fatal."