No to telco towers on shoplot

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  • Monday, 12 Oct 2015

Residents of Taman Mewah protesting against the two telecommunication towers. Also present are Low and other local MCA leaders.

RESIDENTS of Taman Mewah in Bercham want the owner of a shoplot to abide by the Ipoh City Council’s directive to remove the two telecommunication towers on top of the building.

Bercham Residents Representative Committee chairman Low Guo Nan said the council had issued a notice to the owner to tear down the telecommunication structures.

“The council deems the structures as illegal after the conditional permit issued was breached.

“The owner was given 30 days from Aug 20 to do so and the dateline has since lapsed,” said Low, calling on the council to take action against the owner for disregarding the notice.

As Low and residents were speaking to reporters at the site on Wednesday, a worker from one of the building’s three tenants shouted at the group, telling them to remove the structures on their own if they wanted them gone.

Signboards on the building reveal that the three companies are contractors for Telekom Malaysia Bhd and Tenaga Nasional Bhd.

It was reported that the structures were built five months ago and following complaints about the issue, work was carried out to build a cover around the structures.

Civil servant Choi Yit Cheng, 51, remembered clearly it was around midnight on May 1 that construction workers secretly erected the towers.

“I am not against development but I strongly feel such structures should not be built at housing estates.

“We are afraid the radio frequency and radiation emitted from the towers could affect our health.

“And should they collapse, the structures would end up on people’s houses,” she said, adding that the towers are only several metres away from the nearest houses.

Businessman Ang Heng Suan, 44, also said he was very afraid that the towers could cause cancer among the residents.

Senior citizen Kong Kwan Thai, who lives directly behind the shoplot, said sounds similar to that of air-conditioners came from the towers at night.

Like the other residents, the 81-year-old woman, who lives with her four grandchildren, is afraid that the towers would affect her family’s health.

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