KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has rejected the latest remark by state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen in opposing the company’s power tariff.
The state’s sole power provider described it as yet another irresponsible tactic by the Bandar Kuching MP to divert the group from its crucial role in supporting the state’s development agenda.
Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, had on Monday accused SEB of resorting to scare tactics in opposing the party’s Fairer Electricity Policy Signature campaign by way of distributing booklets to its employees propagating against the campaign, inter alia, to call for the reduction of electricity tariff by 30%.
Responding to the accusation yesterday, SEB chief of corporate services Aisah Eden, said Chong’s track record on electricity spoke for itself.
“When we commenced our campaign against power theft, he (Chong) criticised the company for communicating the facts.
“Despite Chong’s best efforts, SEB and the responsible majority of the community in Sarawak are now defeating power thieves, both in the courts of law and those of public opinion,” she said.
Aisyah said that the 4,000 Sarawakians working at SEB were not politicians and they were sick of being the target of political attacks.
“While the company is reluctant to be drawn into political debates, we, however, are not going to sit back and allow our staff to be maligned, or the public to be misled,” she said in a statement.
Aisah went on to say that the information booklets about the tariff were given to SEB employees to assist them in their response to enquiries from their friends and families.
Chong had claimed that the booklets started with some allegations against its campaign and a threat that: “Sarawak Energy is Sarawak’s biggest local company and employs about 4,000 proud Sarawakians — if the tariff is slashed, many of these jobs will be lost.”
Aisyah explained that it was inconsistent and unfair for DAP to demand for SEB to stop circulating the booklets when the party itself had been circulating all sorts of misinformation to the people on the streets, be they at coffee shops or via online.
She said the general public could rest assured that no amount of propaganda from DAP would distract the group from its mission to improve its services for the people of Sarawak.
Likewise, the 4,000 loyal Sarawakians in SEB were determined to continue to attract investment and employment which were the catalyst for the state’s development, she added.
“It is a fact that Sarawak’s average tariff is already the cheapest in Malaysia and is among the lowest in the region.
“They (tariffs in Sarawak) have remained stable with no major revision since 1992 despite the general increase in customer price index,” she added.
Aisyah said members of the public wishing to know the facts about SEB tariff were welcome to visit www.sarawakenergy.com.my.