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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Telco tower making Jesselton folk uneasy

Article in The Star

A SIX-METRE telecommunication structure erected at Taman Jesselton in Penang has residents worried about its potential hazardous effects.

A resident, who wished to be known only as Mrs Lim, said the telco tower was erected at a foothill five years ago.

''It's directly behind a row of houses and next to a water tower. It might not be safe for us to use and drink the water,'' she said when contacted yesterday.

She said the residents there had become more wary of the telco tower after reading about radiation.

''Studies have shown that radiation can affect anyone within a radius of 300m to 400m.

''It will take years for researchers to finally come out with concrete results. We don't want to wait until then to take precautions.

''Parents are also worried about their young children who are more vulnerable to any likely harmful effects,'' she said.

Penang Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) Telco Alliance committee member Ong Bee Lay said the telco tower was located about 20m away from the houses.

''There are about 100 residents who may be directly affected. We have handed a memorandum to Kebun Bunga assemblyman Jason Ong and we hope the authority can take down the structure or shift it,'' she said.

When contacted, Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the council would send its officers to check the structure.