Radiation from transmitting stations safe: Rizal

SANDAKAN: Radiation from transmitting stations is safe and does not affect human health, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) deputy director of Technology and Standards Department, Rizal Abdul Malek, said yesterday.He said the level of radiation met the standards and guidelines set by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

“The radiation from the transmitting stations is safe and does not affect the health of the people living in their vicinity,” he added.

Rizal was presenting a working paper on guidelines for towers/structures and impact of technological development.

He said the ICNIRP guidelines were also used in countries like Singapore, France, Australia and New Zealand.

On protests by  local residents to construction of communication towers by MCMC, Rizal said the commission received 86 complaints last year.

He said MCMC, with the cooperation of the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, conducted investigations into the complaints and found the radiation level from transmitting stations in the affected areas to be safe and not hazardous to human health. — Bernama

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