BINTULU: Syarikat Sesco Bhd has disconnected power supply to nine business premises here after they were found to be involved in illegal online gambling activities.
The move was made following a joint operation with the Bintulu Development Authority and police recently.
The operation focused on commercial shoplots within the Parkcity Commercial Square, Jalan Tanjung Kidurong, Taman Sri Dagang, Jalan Abang Galau and Jalan Tun Hussein Onn areas.
A Sesco spokesman said all nine premises were considered as “high risk for power theft”.
“They were being closely monitored as we suspect that the operators have been using illegally procured electricity (via meter tampering) for illegal online gambling activities,” he said, adding that Sesco was also eyeing other entertainment outlets, cold storage facilities and timber industries here.
He said based on follow-up inspections, Sesco discovered many repeat offenders.
The spokesman warned these errant operators that Sesco would not hesitate to disconnect their power supply if they were found to have committed the malpractice.
“We also urge the public not to trust the so-called service providers (those who claim to be able to reduce power consumption by means of meter-tampering and illegal connection), believing that Sesco would not come back to re-inspect the meters that have been replaced.
“Once a meter is found to have been tampered with, the account of the offender would be blacklisted and placed under scrutiny,” he said.
Meanwhile Sesco has been beefing up its meter inspection unit since the beginning of this year, in view of rampant power theft cases in the state.
“We have increased the manpower to 30 personnel, with an additional team of 12. These enforcers are well trained and equipped with the appropriate tools to detect power theft.”
The spokesman reminded the public that meter tampering was not only a crime but also a hazard to occupants.