State clears air on radio frequency radiation from telco towers

STUDIES by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency (MNA) show that radio frequency (RF) radiation from telecommunication towers in Sarawak is minimal and does not pose health hazards, the state assembly heard.

Rural Electricity Assistant Minister Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said MNA conducted an audit to assess the radiation emitted by transmitters affixed on telecommunication structures at nine sites in densely-populated areas in the state.

The assessment was done between Nov 21 last year and April 13 this year.

“The test results showed that the RF radiation measured at all sites was well below the exposure limits and complied with the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) mandatory standards for members of the public.

“Based on the findings of this assessment, MNC found that the presence of the RF radiation emitted by the antennas from the telecommunication structures with the present loads and the background radiation would not lead to any significant radiation exposure to the public in the area,” he told Violet Yong (DAP-Pending) during question time.

Dr Abdul Rahman also said there was no evidence todate to indicate that RF emission exposure caused adverse health effects.

He added that the construction and operation of cellphone base stations were controlled by MCMC.

“Any non-compliance to MCMC’s mandatory standards shall attract a fine of up to RM20,000 for the operator, hence ensuring public safety remains a top priority at all times,” he said.

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