M'sian Nuclear Agency to work with S'wak authorities to monitor telco tower RF emissions

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  • Friday, 14 Jun 2019

Dr Mohd Abd Wahab showing an example of a radio frequency certificate. - 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 to ensure that it remains within safe exposure limits.

Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the cooperation at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here on Friday (June 14).

"The cooperation involves the people's well-being as well as giving accurate information to the public so that the telecommunications industry in the state can run smoothly," SMA general manager Dr Zaidi Razak said.

He said SMA would develop a policy and work with the Malaysian Nuclear Agency to monitor the RF emissions from the towers.

There are about 2,600 telco towers in Sarawak.

The agency's director-general Dr Mohd Abd Wahab Yusof said it would provide assistance to SMA in terms of public education and RF measurement.

"For example, we will measure the RF radiation at a telco tower. Then we will issue a certificate with a QR code on it which can be scanned by the public to get the RF reading of the tower.

"We will also 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 that RF radiation caused cancer or was unsafe based on more than 10 years of research worldwide.

He also said none of the towers in Malaysia exceeded the exposure limit set by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

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