Wednesday, October 3, 2001
Commission studying health effects of transmission
towersTHE Communications and Multi-media Commission (CMC) has
embarked on a study to determine if cellular transmission towers
pose a health hazard to the public.
Energy, Telecommunications and Multimedia Deputy Minister Datuk
Tan Chai Ho said this in response to the issue that had been
highlighted in Chinese dailies in the past weeks.
However, he said telecommunications service providers already had
to comply with stringent requirements of two separate authorities
before they could set up transmission towers on top of buildings.
One is from the commission and the other is a licence from local
“It is the effect on people that we are trying to determine
although I have read medical reports that said there was no evidence
that radiation from the waves were harmful,’’ he added.
“The Telecommunications Department formulated the guidelines for
telecommunications providers including location of transmission
towers 1988,’’ he added.
Tan was speaking to reporters after opening the new Dijaya Ceil
Sdn Bhd’s new building in KIP Industrial Park in Kepong.
He lauded the ceiling plaster manufacturer’s move to continue
with expansion plans despite fears of global recession.
“Dijaya’s move will go a long way towards stimulating the
industry, market and the economy by providing jobs and increasing
earning and spending,’’ he added.