Lack of coordination in erecting telco towers angers residents — Pending rep

Yong debating in the august House earlier today (Nov 8, 2018).

By Nigel Edgar

KUCHING, Nov 8: The Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) was today told that the State Planning Unit (SPU) should coordinate with the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) to ensure there are enough and suitable spaces for the erection of telecommunications towers in residential and commercial development projects.

In making this suggestion, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong said she had received many complaints from her constituents, especially at Tabuan Heights, that they sent a letter to Kuching South City Commission (MBKS) last month objecting to the setting up of a telecommunication tower near their homes.

She said SMA was aware of what was going on, but she said she was told no firm decision was made following the meeting, and the residents informed her that piling works were still ongoing.

Debating the State Budget 2019 today, Yong said a local firm was now constructing the tower at the site even though there was no approval from the Land and Survey Department.

Yong opined that a responsible government would definitely not act in such a selfish, cruel and inconsiderate manner.

“On this particular project at Tabuan Heights, Lorong 3, I call upon SMA to respect the views and concerns of the residents by directing the said company to stop the project immediately and build the tower at a more suitable site.

“The residents also would like to know why the present site, which is right next to a Sesco substation, was chosen to build a telecommunication tower,” Yong said. — DayakDaily