Residents uneasy over telco tower

Mak (third from left) discussing the contents of the protest letter on the telecommunication tower with some residents of Taman Sentosa.

MELAKA: Residents in Taman Sentosa, Ayer Keroh are crying foul over a hastily erected telecommunications tower here.

The telco project is said to have been approved just two days before the May 9 polling day and construction began during the Hari Raya holidays.

Resident Mohd Sharulnizam Mohammad Shahran, 41, who manages a mini market in the housing estate, alleged that the structure was erected within a day when the residents were away in their hometowns during the festive break.

He said there were no approval signboards displayed prior to the construction and residents only came to know from reliable sources that the approval was granted by the previous administration on May 7 to a state government-owned agency.

“The construction was messy and slipshod, with no regards to safety of the residents who live nearby.

“What concerns us the most is that two generator sets which run on diesel for the tower were left outside without any form of security, enabling anyone to siphon the fuel,” he said.

Taman Sentosa Residents Association chairman Lim Wai Ling also expressed her concerns over the high radio frequency emitted by the tower and which posed serious health risks to the residents.

“Any communication tower must get the approval of nine government agencies and we must check whether the guideline was adhered to,” she said.

Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal (MPHTJ) councillor Mak Chee Kin said checks showed that the approval was given for the construction but questions how the authorisation was given when the structure was situated close to residential areas.

“The tower was approved prior to the 14th General Election and was erected within a day on June 21.

“We have drafted a letter of protest to be submitted to the MPHTJ president,” he said, adding there was another similar structure just 100m away from the newly-constructed one.

Mak said he is also meeting with Melaka Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee chairman Tey Kok Kiew to highlight the problem and find the best solution to resolve the residents’ concerns.

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