Sunday, May 04, 2008

Selangor to act on 'hazardous' tower

By Malaysiakini.com
May 3, 08 6:30pm

Selangor state Infrastructure and Public Amenities chairperson Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali will look into the telecommunications tower in Taman Subang which is said to pose a health hazard to residents.

Hasan, who inspected the tower this morning after meeting with the residents in the area, said the state government will scrutinise the status of this tower which was previously operating under a licence issued by the previous state government.

Taman Subang residents claim many of them have fallen ill due to electromagnetic radiation exposure since the tower was erected 10 years ago on a plot of land belonging to Syabas.

Among the illnesses reported are migraines, dizziness, fatigue, upper respiratory tract infections and cancer.

The tower is also said to be illegal as its temporary permit given by the Petaling Jaya City Council under orders from the state government expired last year.

Standing at 70 metres, the structure is said to breach National Council on Local Government’s regulations on towers.

Guidelines

According to the guidelines, the maximum height for such towers is 30 metres.

The guidelines also state that towers must be built at least 30 metres from residential area but for the houses in Taman Subang, they are only 12 to 13 metres from the structure.

Kampung Tunku state assemblyperson Lau Weng San who raised this issue to the media earlier this week said the tower is illegal and should be demolished.

“There has been a fresh application to build a tower by another telco company that abides by the guidelines.

“Hopefully, the state government and the local council will approve the new one so the old one will be demolished,” he said.

He opined that the state government should also hire a professional body to study the negative effects of radiation from the towers.

“Even if no studies are planned, the state government should set a standard for telcos to follow safety standards set by Scandinavian countries who are very advanced in this industry,” he added.

Lau said radiation hazards have long term degenerating effects and need to be addressed quickly.
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