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Wednesday, October 3, 2001

Ampang folk worry about their health as more transmission towers mushroom

By 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 transmission towers.

“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.

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