RESIDENTS in Gopeng have lodged several reports seeking the police’s help to cut power to an illegal telecommunications tower in their midst.
Speaking on behalf of the residents, businessman Kevin Lee said the tower, which is located on private land along Jalan Tasek, was still being utilised despite the Kampar District Council declaring it an illegal structure last year.
“While the council is awaiting a court order to have the structure torn down, we hope the police can get the owner to stop operating it.
“Not only are we unhappy that the structure is built too near to our homes but we feel that it is an insult to the authorities that the owner repeatedly ignores the council’s orders to remove the structure,” he added.
According to Teja Assemblyman Chang Lih Kang, the council had in a reply to queries from the residents said that the structure had been put up without any permit.
“Following this, the council issued a notice to the owner on Oct 20 last year, ordering the removal of the structure.
“During the most recent state assembly sitting, the state government said that the owner did try to apply for a permit after receiving the notice from the council but this was rejected.
“The council then issued a second notice to the owner last Dec 30 and upon its expiry, sought a court order,” said Chang, who is assisting the residents.