Sawmills face court action for meter tampering


Making way: The meter-inspection team removing obstacles to access to the main switch board room.

KUCHING: Two sawmills in Tanjung Manis face prosecution in court for repeatedly tampering with their meters.

The sawmills were caught for tampering during a recent operation by Syarikat Sesco Bhd and the Public Utilities Ministry’s electrical inspectorate unit (EIU).

The operation was carried out by 15 technicians and police personnel and was witnessed by the customers’ representatives on site.

The meter-inspection teams found that the meters at the sawmills had been tampered with by means of a shunting wire to bypass the meter-consumption measuring circuit, causing the meter not to register the actual consumption of electricity.

The tampering wire was hidden and not easily detected, a Sesco spokesman said.

He said both sawmills had been caught tampering with their meters many times in the past.

“Due to their bad track record, both customers were blacklisted and put on Sesco’s close monitoring list. After the previous tampering, their meters had been replaced with smart meters which allowed remote detection of irregularities.

“Further analysis revealed that the sawmills’ monthly consumption was about RM40,000. It dropped to RM5,000 per month after the wiring was tampered with,” he added.

The spokesman said the case would be taken up by the EIU for prosecution as the customers had tampered with the meters many times.

The tampered meters and tampering evidence were seized while a police report was also lodged for further investigation.

The spokesman reminded the public not to trust anyone who introduced any device or service which was claimed to help reduce electricity consumption.

Once the meter has been found to be tampered with, the registered customer will be the one responsible for bill arrears and face legal action.

Customers can contact Sesco’s regional office for clarification or advice if approached by power theft service provider.

They can also report any information on power theft to Sesco via its hotline 082-443 535. All information will be kept confidential.

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