Perak and Penang to dismantle thousands of telco towers
IPOH: The Perak government is to dismantle all illegally erected telecommunications towers and those for which the annual permits have not been paid.
Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir said today there were more than 2,800 such towers belonging to various telcos in the state.
“So far, we have only 1,400 legal telecommunications towers; the number of illegal towers is more than double that,” he told reporters after opening a telco infrastructure development workshop and seminar here.
Zambry said the reluctance of the telcos to pay the annual RM2,000 permit for every tower cost the state government RM20 million in revenue.
“All the states are imposing the same rule on permits but in Perak the telcos have cited all kinds of reasons, including operational costs, to refrain from paying up,” he said.
GEORGE TOWN: Penang has taken down “dozens” of illegal telco towers. State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said this when commenting on a report that Perak had demolished 300 illegal towers.
Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir had said there were more than 2,800 illegally built towers belonging to various telcos in the state. He said each tower must pay permit fees of RM2,000 a year, meaning the state was losing RM20 million in revenue every year.
Chow said out of the 930 telco towers in Penang, 137 had been found to be illegally built.
He said the owners of the illegal towers had been served 30-day notices, ordering them to dismantle their towers.
Chow said several dozen towers were removed upon requests by non-governmental organisations and residents.
“Before 2008, most telco structures in the state were illegal. They were not paying any sort of fees.
“When we took over the government, we conducted a legalisation exercise to ensure all were legal.
“The errant telco providers or owners of towers were dealt with swiftly. We have taken down dozens of telco towers for building illegal structures. Some owners have not paid up. They are operating against state guidelines for telco towers, which came into effect on Nov 20, 2009,” he told FMT.
What can we assume here? Telco companies in Malaysia are just snakes who would suck up their consumers dry and at the same time circumvent state laws by not paying their dues.
How many times have they disconnected your mobile line when you are late one day in paying your bills? Well, some of these telcos are several years late in paying their own bills!
Profiteering from your poor customers is one thing, but profiteering and cheating state governments is another whole new level.