Wednesday July 25, 2012
Telco towers in the area bad for health, residents say
SOME 2,000 residents of Jalan C. Y. Choy in George Town are outraged over the many telco towers being erected in the area, which they claim could pose a negative impact on their health.
Pengkalan Kota Service Task Force chairman Lee Hack Teik said the three telco towers located on the rooftop of a residential and commercial building in Jalan C. Y. Choy and the four on the rooftop of a commercial building in Jalan Gudwara had caused the residents discomfort since they were first erected in 2008.
“In the beginning, there were only one or two towers. Later, more towers were erected and this year alone, four towers have been put up in Jalan Gudwara.
“The residents feel that the waves emitting from the towers are affecting their health,” he said yesterday.
Following the increasing number of complaints by the residents, numerous signatures have been collected for a petition from the residents since Friday.
“I called the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) hotline last week to complain about this matter and they said they will investigate.
“However, nothing has been done yet,” he said.
Resident Tan Cheng Kee, said her son had been having headaches, sore throat and fever during the weekends since about two years ago.
“When my son is at work on weekdays, he does not feel any of these symptoms. However, when he is at home during the weekends, he starts to feel sick.
“We suspect it is the radioactive waves transmitted from the towers that had made him sick. The doctor treating my son also finds it odd that he falls sick so frequently and even said there was a possibility that the towers could have affected his health,” claimed the 58-year-old homemaker.
Tan, who has been living in the area for about 40 years, added that other members of her family and her neighbours had also complained of headaches.
“Since then, we have been taking paracetamol often,” she said.
Another resident Yeap Leong Ngoh also claimed that besides suffering from backache, his television signals at home have also been affected.
“Things were alright when they started building one or two towers. Now they are putting up more and more, and it has affected our lives,” he said.
State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow, when contacted, said he would follow up with the council on the matter.