MIRI: There are claims that unscrupulous people have been going around stealing or sabotaging electricity meters at shoplots in Miri city.
Sarawak Arts, Culture and Tourism Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said these complaints came from shopowners in the city centre.
“The act of stealing or sabotaging electricity meters must be stopped.
“The people doing this must be caught and punished.
“Such acts are dangerous as it could cause fire outbreaks,” he said after carrying out ground visits to the commercial centre fronting the Miri City Council.
Lee said some shopowners complained that those electricity meters placed along the five-foot way are the ones usually sabotaged or stolen.
He urged shopowners to lodge reports with the police immediately.
He also called for a swift response from the Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation to replace the stolen meters.
Repairs must be carried out immediately on meters that had been sabotaged to prevent an electrical short circuit, he stressed.
Miri mayor Adam Yii said commercial shoplots in the city show extensive usage of electricity in these premises.
“There is heavy usage and thus all shop owners must give top priority to keeping their wiring in top condition,” he said.
On the recent fire that razed a department store and a row of shops, he said most importantly, the insurance claims must be settled.
The cause of the fire was a short circuit of an air-conditioning facility inside the building, he added.