This evening around 5.30pm I got a tip off from one of the USJ 6 residents about the existence of a 100 feet mega tower in the Petronas Station. Being curious, I went on site to look at the mega tower. To my surprise, there was none except a 100 feet unipole holding a Petronas logo at the USJ 6 Petronas Station. I took a couple of snapshots of what gets some residents so excited about. I guess somebody inside the station was also watching me closely. It is OK as I was not doing anything illegal.
After a couple of snap shots, I went to the small structure below the unipole and some kind of a sub station at the foot of the unipole. From what I know about advertising unipole, it would not require such a elaborate structure to supply electricity to light up the board. I also noticed a permit to work card attached to it and upon closer examination, I decided to take a photo copy of it as I was beginning to feel uncomfortable that someone is going to chase me away as I was too close and nosy for her comfort.
I downloaded the photo and started to magnify the photo many times in order to read its contents and bingo, I saw a phrase 'Stealth Solutions." So I googled the words and this is what I found out from the Google search engine which pointed me to a company of the name name - Stealth Solutions Sdn Bhd. I visited its website and this is what I found.
So this is a TELCO Tower under the camouflage of your friendly PETRONAS logo. And as what it is meant to be, it should be concealing all telecommunication devices and equipment from our naked eyes. Unfortunately it didn't escape the sharp eyes of my lady informant. You know, women have a eye for details and it didn't escape from hers.Stealth Solutions is a telecommunication infrastructure provider specialising in camouflage and aesthetic telecommunication towers for local telecommunication industry incorporated on 24th May 2004.
Stealth Solutions has been granted a Network Facilities Provider Licence (NFP) by Malaysian Communication and Muiltimedia Commission (MCMC) on 4th August 2009 – to own or provide any network facilities for a period of 10 years until 3rd August 2018.
Our focus is to provide excellent solutions and services to clients in terms of acquiring vacant land, constructing and leasing environmentally friendly dual function aesthetic structures for wireless telecommunications and other use in line with our mission to be an industry leader to telecommunication companies towards realising the government’s vision of achieving world class telecomunications service for the Nation.
According to their Stealth Solutions website, it says here:
a) Emphasing on public safety by erecting according to the standards and guidelines imposed by Local Authority. In addition, our structures are insured from all risks.
b) Approval from Local Council Authorities.
Accordingly, this structure sitting smack between the Petronas and Shell Petrol Stations should have been sent to MPSJ for planning permission and advice as this is not the usual structure that holds up the Petronas logo. At that location and that station is not a key one, Petronas or for that matter, the owner and operator of the station need not go to that extent as to erect such a huge structure. She did that using Stealth Solutions's method to hook wink the residents there. That tall structure should it collapse either side will land on top of the petrol station and may set off a series of explosion. We will have to write to Petronas Dagangan Safety Division and not forgeting Shell Malaysia to check is they are aware of such a construction and if they do, can they give us an assurance that our safety is not being jeopardised.
It will be interesting to find out from MPSJ whether the approval has been given. From the document, I did not see any reference to them.
Their website says that they have erected their structures at 38 sites and I traced them to 2 that were built in my own backyard!! Holy mackerel. They are at
1) PT 235 Taman Perindustrian UEP, 47620 Subang Jaya
2) PT 369 Taman Perindustrian UEP, 47620 Subang Jaya
I google further the 38 locations to see if any objection that is similar to resident's concern and sure enough, there was one which was highlighted by YB Wee Choo Keong when he was still the PKR MP. We also read this in the papers. In his blog http://amkwangsamaju.wordpress.com/page/3/ , this is what is reported there.
In early April 2009 I received a public complaint from the residents in Wangsa Maju about a certain Telco Tower that was erected in Section 2 Wangsa Maju. I immediately did some investigation into the matter and on or about 10 April 2009 it was confirmed that the said Telco Tower was erected without any Planning Permission from Jabatan Perancang DBKL.
On 10 April 2009 I immediately lodged a formal letter of complaint to Jabatan Perancang Bandar and on 17 April 2009 I received a letter from Tuan Hj Mahadi Che Ngah, the Pengarah of Jabatan Perancang Bandar confirming that the Telco Tower was indeed an illegal structure built without Planning Permission and a notice for it to be demolished was issued. I chose not to highlight this matter because positive actions had been taken and due notice had been issued and pasted on the said Telco Tower.
Wee Choo Keong
Update, 29 April 2009:
This morning at about 10:30 a.m. officers from Jabatan Perancang Bandar came with tractor and lorries to demolish the telco tower. I am informed that the top part of the tower consisting of iron structures was dismantled last night by the company which constructed it. The dismantling job was carried out in the middle of the night until 5:30 am this morning. I am now informed that the company that built this illegal structure is STEALTH SOLUTIONS SDN BHD with its office in Damansara Heights. I have written to Jabatan Perancang to enquire about the cost of the demolition and who will be paying for it. I am also asking Jabatan Perancang to clarify: why its “Flying Squad” was not aware of such illegal construction on government land?
Note: In future, before approving the location and construction of such telco towers, it’s crucial that DBKL must ensure that the health of the public is safeguarded. It would also be interesting to know if there are any more telco towers that had been constructed illegally and are still in operation.
Here ends my investigation. All residents in USJ 6 especially those living around the Petronas Station, please be very aware of what is going on.