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Penang Govt. wants blanket WiFi and thus fails to find any evidence of health damage
Malaysia Created: 25 Sep 2008
The Penang government has found no evidence that the open wi-fi transmission network planned over the whole state would pose a health hazard to inhabitants, and will go ahead with the project.

Chief minister Lim Guan Eng said today the economic and social opportunities presented by the project should not be stopped when there is no concrete proof that it is risky.

He stressed that the wi-fi band frequency was, in fact, lower than that for mobile phones.

"Until we are convinced otherwise, we should not stand in the way of technology," he said.

The Consumers Association of Penang recently expressed concern that a "wi-fi fog" over the state may have adverse radiation effects on people.

"Unless they show evidence that it is indeed a danger, we will work to ensure Penang has opportunities to compete for investments at national and international levels," he said.

Lim said the state had thus far received objections from two parties against the wi-fi project.

He stressed that he was willing to meet them as the state was concerned about their views.

However, he dismissed having public consultations before embarking on the plan, saying the state’s progress would be dragged if it had consultations for every project.

"Do we need to consult before deciding on the second Penang bridge? We already know the project is helpful," he said.

Lim said this at a preview of the state’s plan to have WiMAX technology access among internet users in Penang. The WiMAX programme will be run by Packet One Networks (M) Sdn Bhd.

Packet One CEO Michael Lai clarified that the company’s end-user modems, base stations and microwave links to transmit and receive the WiMAX service have received approvals from Sirim.

The service has also received confirmation from the Malaysian Nuclear Agency, he added.

The agency confirmed that the actual radiation levels observed around its P1 W1MAX base stations were below the standard limit for public exposure set by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), he said.

The site radiation assessment was conducted around the WiMAX facility at FSBM building in Cyberjaya.

"Based on both certifications, the public can rest assure that P1 W1MAX poses no demonstrable scientific evidence of a risk to health," he said.
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Source: The Sun Daily, Himanshu Bhatt, 25 Sep 2008 (caption by H.Eiriksson / mast-victims.org)

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