Residents fear telco towers will endanger health

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  • Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Sticking out: A telco tower built on top of a row of shophouses.

RESIDENTS of Taman Mewah in Bercham are upset over the two new telecommunication towers put up there.

Said to have been built about two weeks ago, the towers are situated on top of a row of shophouses.

Nearby residents have voiced out their concerns about these towers, fearing that these could affect their health.

Cheong Yau Chong, 68, said he saw construction workers bringing in materials to the shophouses to build the towers.

“The work was conducted around midnight.

“I had hoped that it won’t be built as I fear that the towers would affect my family’s health,” he said during a press conference held by Bercham assemblyman Cheong Chee Khing on Saturday.

“It should not have been built. I think that these towers should only be built far away from housing areas,” he said, adding that he was staying with five other family members in his house.

Housewife Chan Sau Peng, 55, said she was also worried about the towers affecting her family members’ health.

“There are adults and children in my house. I hope the towers can be removed,” she said.

A similar complaint was made by Taman Tawas Mewah residents in Tasek in September last year about a tower that was built just six metres away from their homes.

The two-storey high tower was located on the first floor of a closed restaurant behind the residents’ houses.

Chee Khing said there were no guidelines for telecommunication companies to build these towers on top of buildings.

“They should not have built these as there isn’t a guideline for it. The authorities need to get experts’ view on this first,” Chee Khing said.

“I will raise this matter at the next state assembly sitting,” he said, adding that Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran would also bring up the matter in Parliament.

“I will also write to Ipoh Datuk Bandar to seek clarifications over the matter,” he added.

At the state assembly sitting last month, Perak Communication Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya had said that telco towers built on top of buildings should not exceed 12m in height or half the height of the building, whichever was lower.

He said that the people’s perception that the radio frequency emitted from these towers could affect their health were baseless.

Shahrul Zaman had also said that there were no scientific studies to show that the towers could cause cancer or other diseases to people living nearby.

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