Many telco transmitters are illegal


  • Nation
  • Friday, 22 Apr 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: Most of the 1,300 telecommunication transmission towers in the Federal Territory are illegal and the authorities will act on the matter soon, Federal Territories Ministry parliamentary secretary Yew Teong Look said. 

All towers posing a danger to the public would be demolished, he said, and added: “We are checking to see if the towers are harmful to the people before we issue licences.” 

“Towers found to be located at the wrong position or posing a danger to the safety or health of the public will have to be demolished and moved to a proper location,” he told a press conference here yesterday. 

Yew did not disclose the number of such towers. 

He said Kuala Lumpur City Hall, together with the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), would conduct checks on these towers to ensure that they complied with the Housing and Local Government Ministry's 2002 guidelines.  

According to the guidelines, the height of towers and structures erected on buildings should be 12m at most.  

Towers on the ground with a height of less than 45m must be at least 20m from a residential building (including schools and places of worship), 10m from a commercial building and five metres from an industrial one. 

Those with a height of more than 45m must be at least 30m from a residential building, 15m from a commercial building and 10m from an industrial building. 

On another matter, the ministry and MCMC will hold a seminar on Telecommunication Infrastructure Radiation and Public Health at Vistana Hotel and Residences on Sunday.  

Speakers include MCMC Development of Standards Department Chief Mohd Ali Hanafiah, Dr Ng Kwan-Hoong, of the Radiology Department, Universiti Malaya, and Malaysian Institute for Nuclear Technology Research Non-Ionising Radiation manager Mohd Yusof Mohd Ali.  

Only 200 seats are available. Those interested can call 03-5518 7701, 03-5518 7705 or 03-5518 7706.  

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