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Malaysian Regulator Tests Base Stations for Emission Levels

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The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) says that it has tested 52 base stations in Penang, and that the emissions are well below the exposure limits of 1mW cm2 as set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The test was conducted by the Malaysian Nuclear Agency (MNA) under the auspices of SKMM, ran from 6 June 2011 through to 16 July and was in response to public concerns on emissions from communication structures.

Opening the forum, En Mohd Ali Hanafiah, Chief Officer of Resource Planning and Industry Development, SKMM said, "Public safety is our utmost priority and it is our responsibility as the regulatory body of the Telecommunications industry to address public concern on this matter. We hope that the factual results based on thorough tests conducted by a neutral party will allay any concerns public may have."

Sharing the results from the tests, En Mohd Yusof Ali from Malaysian Nuclear Agency said " We tested all the sites where communities had raised concerns. In each instance, RF emissions were less than 1% of the exposure limit recommended by WHO and International Commission On Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), two international guidelines which forms the foundation of SKMM's Mandatory Standards. Based on the findings of these measurements, we strongly believe that EMF emission from telecommunication structures will not lead to any health issues."

En Mohd Ali Hanafiah concluded by reiterating the importance for public to be equipped with factual information and objective views of the subject by experts in the field. He added "The results speak for itself. Public have nothing to fear knowing that the telecommunication structures tested are well below the recommended standards by WHO."

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