Puchong Jaya folk divided over telco tower

Some residents in Bandar Puchong Jaya holding up a banner against the proposed telco tower in Jalan Tempua 3.

A NUMBER of residents in Bandar Puchong Jaya, Selangor, are protesting against a proposed telecommunication tower at a public park along Jalan Tempua 3.

Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) put up a notice last year stating that the city council received an application to build the 24m structure.

The tower aims to enhance connectivity and communication in the vicinity.

The notice said neighbouring landowners within a 5m distance could object to the construction within 30 days.

An MBSJ spokesperson said the approval for the building plan allowed the tower owner to construct it within one year.

However, indignant residents claim they were unaware of the notice and argued it was not displayed prominently.

Peggy Sim, 53, who lives along Jalan Tempua 13, is disappointed with the lack of transparency.

She found out about the proposed tower through a neighbourhood WhatsApp group.

“At the park, there are tai chi practitioners at dawn as well as joggers and basketball players throughout the day.

“We are worried about the long-term side affects,” she said.

Vista Lavender joint management body (JMB) chairman S. Viswanathan, 50, echoed her sentiments.

“I found out about this from my building manager and gathered 30 signatures from residents opposed to the construction of the tower,” he said.

Tempua Residents Association chairman Alan Chan, 63, said the tower would help the nation expand its 5G coverage.

“There are many developing countries that are increasing their 5G networks, and Malaysia should not fall behind,” said Chan.

“It is the responsibility of the structure owner to identify optimal locations that will ensure excellent connectivity.”

During a public engagement session in February, opinions were divided with some residents opposing the structure while others agreed with the location.

A representative from structure owner Konsortium Jaringan Selangor (KJS), Mohd Shahrizan Maula Mohd Amin, said there was no concrete evidence to show telecommunications structures had negative effects on health.

“This can be further verified by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

“KJS is willing to conduct a radiation test once the telco structure is functional to dispel any doubts regarding the safety of the structure.

“Digital Nasional Bhd has chosen this location,” he said.

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