Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Ampang folk worry about their health as more transmission towers
mushroomBy ESTHER CHANDRAN
THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has been urged to come
up with guidelines on the placement of telecommunication
transmission towers in the munici-pality.
Residents in Ampang are worried about the mushrooming of
telecommunication transmission towers that could affect their
health. More than 300 people from Taman Muda and Pandan Perdana have
forwarded letters of complaint to Ampang MP Datuk Ong Tee Keat’s
service centre in Bandar Baru Ampang concerning the matter.
Ong’s personal assistant Lo Pak Ming said he was worried about
the residents’ safety and hoped the MPAJ would take immediate action
to address the problem.
“There have been lots of complaints from residents. I am
especially worried about women who are pregnant,” Lo said.
He said the transmission waves from these towers could affect the
unborn child and might lead to deformity or complications in future.
“There is a case in Taman Muda where a woman living across the
street from a transmission tower located on top of a shop unit,
realised that her hair had been dropping and a lot of patches had
appeared on her face.
Lo said the woman’s problems started only after the tower was
fixed and that her husband also sufferred from the same symptoms.
“The complainant suspects that the symptoms have something to do
with transmission waves,’’ he said, adding that the woman’s husband
also complained of a lump on his neck.
Lo said MPAJ should come up with guidelines to protect the people
and be strict about allowing telecommunication companies putting up
“Some of these residents claim they have complained to MPAJ but
there had not been any action from them,” Lo said.
Lo said he would forward a letter to MPAJ bearing all the
signatures of the complainants.
He added that the three transmission towers in Pandan Perdana
were located on a shop unit at Jalan 2/3A Pandan Perdana and four
towers above a shop at Jalan Bunga Tanjung 8 in Taman Muda.
Lo said he had also received complaints from business operators
in Bandar Baru Ampang.