Telco Tower At Lorong Uni-Central 13! Residents Up In Arms Against Sacofa

Yii and some of the residents of Jalan Uni-Central 13 in Kota Samarahan show their disapproval of the construction of a telecommunication tower in their area. They want the State government to intervene.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Residents living along Jalan Uni-Central 13, Kota Samarahan and the surrounding areas, are strongly against the erection of a telecommunication tower in the middle of their housing estate.

The residents expressed their objection to Dr Kelvin Yii, the Special Assistant the Kuching Member of Parliament, who went on the ground to investigate and understand the issue better.

The residents also questioned the need for SACOFA, the telecommunications infrastructure provider in Sarawak, to build such a tower right in the middle of a residential area when there is already a tower not far away.

Besides that, there are also commercial buildings in the vicinity of the residential area, or adequate vacant land for the construction of such tower. It is thus a more suitable location compared to a land that should be designated for a park for the residents in the area.

No to building telco towers in residential areas.

“Their main concern is the risk to their health from the long-term and constant exposure to the radiation and electromagnetic waves that will be emitted from the transmission equipment to be attached to the said tower in future when it is in use,” Yii said in a statement Saturday.

“On top of that, with the construction of the proposed tower, it will directly affect the commercial value of the surrounding properties and houses.”

According to Yii, the residents will embark on the collection of signatures from all the households to protest against the construction of the said tower.

After the collection of the signatures, we will assist the residents to submit the letter of protest to the chief minister, the director of Lands and Surveys and Sacofa Sdn Bhd on Monday, he said.

Yii was vehement in his undertaking that the authorities should not approve the construction of such telco-tower right in the middle of a densely populated residential area.

“In Sarawak, the state government has given a blanket approval to Sacofa Sdn Bhd to plan, construct and operate telco towers,” he pointed out.

“As a private company with profit as its main objective, it is little wonder that Sacofa does not take heed to the concern of the residents and the people when it comes to constructing telco towers. All it matters toSacofa is ‘profit’.

“Therefore, when the people start to come together to complain about the erection of a telco tower in their housing estate, the government must step in to restrain Sacofa.”

He added that the erection of such telco towers should be governed by similar guidelines as the erection of high-voltage power lines. It should avoid any densely-populated residential areas.

“As such, I urge the state government to respect the wishes of the residents in the area and to immediately stop the construction of the said telco tower and move it to a more suitable location,” Yii added.