Malaysia Nuclear Power Corporation (MNPC) chief executive officer Dr Mohd Zamzam Jaafar said the legislative framework was important because it would assist in the signing of agreements with foreign countries in assessing the purchase of nuclear technologies.
He said Malaysia thus, needed to pass a new law on the subject, then it should be followed by a discussion between the federal government and the state government involved.
"Only then, the need to engage with the public (on the matter), and then only, can we look for a site to build the (nuclear power) plant," added Mohd Zamzam.
He said a time-frame to build the nuclear power plant would take 11 to 12 years, adding that it had to undergo few procedures under the Entry Point Projects of the Economic Transformation Programme before it could be implemented.
MNPC had identified "four critical path items on nuclear power development which includes the government must ensure that the correct regulatory framework is put in place and there must be public acceptance of the project."
In creating this awareness, MNPC is organising the first of a series of public fora titled, 'Engaging Malaysia on Nuclear Energy' this Saturday at the Art Printing Works (APW), No: 29, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, next to the New Straits Times office at 10am.
These will be followed by several fora to be held in key cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Kuching, Johor Bahru and Kuantan this year.
Malaysia, which is among 162 International Atomic Energy Agency member states has expressed intention to build two nuclear power plants to meet the rising energy demand, one by 2021 and the other, a year later.
The meltdowns at Fukushima power plant in 2011, which released large amounts of radiation had raised public worry on the risk of the nuclear power plant.