5G technology won’t cause health issues, says MCMC

  • TECH
  • Monday, 15 Apr 2019

Consumers will not initially notice vastly faster speeds because 5G coverage will be limited to certain cities or neighbourhoods at first. — AFP Relaxnews

The rumours on social media claiming that 5G technology is detrimental to one’s health are not true, says Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

According to Commission Member of the MCMC Prof Dr Tharek Abdul Rahman, public misconception that exposure to low Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Field (RF-EMF) causes headaches, depression, anxiety and lethargy is incorrect.

He insists that extensive research has found no evidence to support claims that 5G technology can or will cause any health deterioration.

Additionally, he adds that a study by the World Health Organisation – based on 25,000 research papers published in the last 30 years – also states that there is no scientific evidence to show that exposure to low-level EMF produces any adverse health effect.

He shares that recent studies show that our exposure to RF-EMF from 5G infrastructure is within the limit imposed by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection.

Tharek, who is also a professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia's Faculty of Electrical Engineering specialising in the field of wireless communications, explains that EMF is categorised as a non-ionising radiation where its waves are not capable of breaking or interrupting molecular structures, unlike the ionising radiation waves.

In this context, exposure to non-ionising radiation results in the increased temperature of a subject, but the heat is not enough to cause long-term defect to body tissues.

Tharek believes that the public needs to be made more aware of 5G technology and its positive benefits and long-term impact on the nation’s future endeavours.

He adds that 5G technology will benefit many sectors in the country including health, agriculture, education and more in the future.

For more information on the subject, go to rfemf.mcmc.gov.my.

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