Cracking down on electricity theft in Sepang


Enforcement personnel found machines for a cryptocurrency mining operation at one of the premises in Bandar Sunsuria in Sepang. — Photos: AZMAN GHANI/The Star

TWENTY-SIX premises in Sepang were raided for committing electricity theft during a joint operation involving six agencies.

Some 100 personnel from Energy Commission, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB), Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang), Sepang district police, National Water Services Commission (SPAN) and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission took part in the raid which started at the crack of dawn and ended in the afternoon.

Under the supervision of the police, enforcement officers entered the premises in Bandar Sunsuria and found the electricity supply meter had been tampered with as illegal extensions were added to bypass and prevent it from recording electricity consumption.

Following the raid, Energy Commission chief operating officer Abdul Rahim Ibrahim said the premises running cryptocurrency mining operations was being investigated for offences committed under Section 37(1), (3) and (14) of the Electricity Supply Act 1990.

Acting under Section 38 of the same act, TNB disconnected electricity supply to the premises.

The machines at the premises were confiscated by MPSepang.

MPSepang president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said two compounds were issued to the cryptocurrency mining operation on the premises for contravening the MPSepang Trade, Business and Industry Licencing By-laws 2007 and Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.

MPSepang enforcement officers recording the confiscated cryptocurrency mining hardware after the raid.MPSepang enforcement officers recording the confiscated cryptocurrency mining hardware after the raid.

“Each of the premises contained over 100 mining machines with a total of 3,120 confiscated by enforcement officers, ” he added.

Mohd Fauzi said in addition to TNB disconnecting the supply of electricity, SPAN and Air Selangor also disconnected the water supply to the premises.

Abdul Rahim said the premises had been in use for less than a year and based on the findings, each premises consumed an estimated capacity of 65kW.

“We were informed about this activity by a few parties and began to conduct surveillance on these premises, ” he said.

“Once we were convinced that there was wrongdoing taking place, we decided to act on it.

“This is the third raid we have conducted this year and last year, we had six cases.

“We would like to remind the public not to tamper with electricity meters and property owners are advised to ensure that the tenant is the account holder for the premises.”

He added that all incoming cables carrying electricity supply must be routed through a valid meter and advised the public to report anything unusual on the meter to the Energy Commission or TNB.

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