Saturday, October 13, 2001
Council shelves decision on towersBy LOONG MENG YEE and
THE Petaling Jaya Munici-pal Council (MPPJ) will shelve
its earlier decision requiring communication tower owners to
dismantle existing unregistered transmission towers in the
Council president Datuk Emran Kadir said the state’s decision
automatically overrules the council’s earlier decision.
However, he said he had not received an official letter from the
state government on the matter.
“I still need to find out the details before making further
comments,’’ he said.
On Wednesday, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo
announced that the state government would allow tele-communication
companies to keep the unregistered transmission towers because
findings had not shown the towers as a cause of illness.
Dr Khir said dismantling the towers would affect the reception of
mobile phone users, resulting in another set of problems.
He said the companies would be given three months to register the
existing towers with the local council.
The registration is for monitoring purposes, to help the
authority locate the owners if the towers cause trouble.
Companies who want to construct towers in future would be asked
to share antennas to reduce the number of towers.
He added that the towers had to follow guidelines set by the
Housing and Local Government Ministry.
The companies were required to send experts to explain to
residents that the findings on the transmission towers had no ill
effect on health.
They would also be required to provide free health examinations.
Emran said the council had proposed to the state government to
exclude structures that did not follow the guidelines.
“We proposed that only those towers which follow the guidelines
be allowed to stand and be registered.
“If they do not, then the structures should be dismantled.
Emran added that, for health and safety reasons, the guidelines
included the distance between the towers and residential area.