KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 3): A group of concerned parents will hold an exhibition and symposium to educate the public on the effect of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to men’s health.
It is aimed to create public awareness on the dangers of long term exposure of electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation to human and to educate the public on how to reduce the risk.
The event is jointly organised by Zhong Hua Language Lover Parents Network Association (Jia Zong) and the Anti EMF Radiation Alliance, whose members are mostly parents.
Penang EMF Radiation Protection Association representative Ong Bee Lay said it is a battle for the parents to protect their children and take care of their well beings.
“We want to stop the erection of modern 3G/4G EMR emitting towers in schools or within 400 metres from schools and living place.
"Until this technology is proven to be safe, we should prevent our children from being the victim of EMR,"Ong told a press conference to announce the details of the symposium here today.
The symposium will be held on Aug 17 at the Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and is open to the public.
The highlight of the event is a forum comprising three panelists namely Penang EMF Protection Alliance medical advisor Dr Thor Teong Gee, Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia head of Community Medicine Unit in the Faculty of Medicine and Defence Health Prof Dr Adlina Suleiman and Anti EMF Radiation Alliance representative Lily Law.
The basis of the symposium is the 1BestariNet project, initiated by the Education Ministry and carried out in partnership with YTL Communications, which the parents have categorically expressed their concern about.
Under the project, 10,000 primary and secondary schools will be equipped with high speed 4G internet access and a virtual learning platform, which a 3G/4G tower will be erected in the schools.
The groups have handed two memorandums in February and May this year, together with 10,000 signatures to the Education Ministry, Health Ministry and Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to highlight their pledge.
However, they have not heard from the authorities since.
Law said the World Health Organisation had categorised EMR as a ‘2B carcinogen’ that can cause for example, brain cancer.
Therefore, they hope the symposium would be able to inform the general public, especially parents and teachers, of the risk.
According to the group, these towers have already been built in certain primary schools in Kedah and Perlis.