KOTA KINABALU: The business community wants Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd to stop giving excuses over the recurrent power disruption problems in the state.
Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries president Datuk Michael Lui said blackouts were occurring too often, causing millions in losses.
“This sudden power failure throughout the state is outrageous. Disruptions are rampant in Sabah but to have the whole state grind to a halt by an outage is shocking,” he said.
He said too many excuses have been given for the disruptions, including technical problems, trees falling on cables, substation breakdowns and contractors snapping underground cables.
“This is happening once too often. Everyone is affected. Industries, traders and even banks end up slowing down or stopping transactions,” he added.
Lui urged the authorities to sort the problem out as soon as possible.
The operators of several factories including those under the Sabah Timber Industries Association (STIA) said they were losing more as a result of power failures, despite having generators.
A STIA spokesman said machines had to be recalibrated when supply was resumed, adding that generators could only be used for a limited number of hours.
Bakery supervisor Aliana Ating said the blackout caused production to be reduced by half as the shop had to use a generator.
“We are so used to disruptions that today’s power failure is not something unusual,” she said.
Hospitals in the city and major towns had to reschedule elective surgeries, giving priority to emergency cases.
Hotels operated on a need-to basis using generators for lights and air conditioners.
Power outage cripples Sabah