Collaboration ensures better transparency and education


Dr Mohd Abd Wahab (left) exchanging MoU documents with Dr Zaidi as Abang Johari (centre) looks on. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: The Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) will work with the Malaysian Nuclear Agency to monitor radio-frequency (RF) radiation from telecommunication towers in the state to ensure it remains within safe exposure limits.

Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the cooperation at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here.

“The cooperation is for the people’s well-being as well as to give accurate information to the public so that the telecommunica­tions industry in Sarawak can run smoothly,” SMA general manager Dr Zaidi Razak said after the signing ceremony, which was witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Dr Zaidi said SMA would develop a policy and work with Malaysian Nuclear Agency (MNA) to monitor the RF emissions from the towers.

There are about 2,600 telco towers in Sarawak.

Dr Mohd Abd Wahab showing a sample of a radio-frequency certificate that will be placed at the base of telecommunications towers in MNA’s collaboration with the Sarawak Multimedia Authority.
Dr Mohd Abd Wahab showing a sample of a radio-frequency certificate that will be placed at the base of telecommunications towers in MNA’s collaboration with the Sarawak Multimedia Authority.

The limit set by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is 1 milliwatt per square centimetre.

MNA director-general Dr Mohd Abd Wahab Yusof said it would provide assistance to SMA in terms of public education as well as RF measurement.

“For example, we will measure the RF radiation at a telco tower and issue a certificate with a QR code, which can be scanned by the public to get the tower’s RF reading.

“We will assist the state government and SMA to provide information to the public so that they understand about RF and its related safety issues,” he said.

According to Wahab, there has been no conclusive evidence more than 10 years of research worldwide that RF radiation caused cancer or was unsafe.

He also said none of the towers in Malaysia exceeded the exposure limit set by MCMC.


   

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