Transmitters above shoplot giving residents the jitters

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  • Monday, 13 Apr 2015

Too many of them: The transmitters on the roof of the shoplot are a cause for concern among residents of Jalan Sampadi in Taman Setapak.

SETAPAK residents are concerned over telecommunication transmitters located above a supermarket in the midst of a residential area.

The transmitters are a real attention-grabber along Jalan Sampadi in Taman Setapak.

Residents association committee member Wong Fook said the issue had started in 2009.

“We are worried about the possible health implications of these devices here,” he said, adding that the structures were too close to the houses.

The shoplot stands out in the middle of the housing area with about six transmitters on its roof.

“We hope Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will act immediately for the sake of our health and livelihood.

“We also hope DBKL determines if the transmitters are safe or not and take the appropriate action, including removing them,” Wong said.

The association sent a letter to DBKL on July 14 last year on the matter and included a petition with more than 200 signatures to protest on the structures.

In response, DBKL Planning deputy director-general Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah said the location was the most ideal site for the transmitters and all six transmitters from six different telecommunication companies had permits from the local authority.

“Part of the requirements for setting up such structures is that the building must be more than two-storeys high and the supermarket is the only one that is two-and-a-half storeys in the vicinity,” he said.

He said if the transmitters were removed, there would be no phone, Internet and mobile data services within a 5km radius.

Mahadi added that Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had sent a letter to the residents dated June 16 last year where it explained that electronic radiation from antennas or mobile phones is categorised as non-ionising radiation (NIR).

“NIR in the form of radio frequency waves does not have enough energy to cause damage to cells, compared to ionising radiation such as X-rays,” the letter informed the residents.

Mahadi added that he would bring up a proposal to impose new guidelines on the aesthetic aspect of the transmitters with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib so they do not become eyesores.

“The current guidelines do not include any specifics on this which is why I have to bring up the matter with the mayor,” he said.

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