KOTA KINABALU: Thousands of errant consumers, including various government agencies and big companies, owe the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) almost RM143mil in outstanding bills.
SESB managing director Baharin Din said the company would try to negotiate with the affected consumers to settle their dues and would only disconnect their power supply as a last resort.
“We do not like to carry out disconnections because they are not good for us and our customers,” he said at a luncheon with members of the media on Wednesday.
He said the public should realise their payments would help the SESB to upgrade its system that would in turn benefit consumers.
“We are talking about capital expenditure projects to the tune of RM1bil. We also need RM1bil for operational expenses,” Baharin added.
SESB was also embarking on a power supply project in Tawau to support the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) and another supporting the Sandakan Education Hub, apart from major projects supporting the Sabah Development Plan.
According to him, there was also the need to replace SESB’s aging cables and poles, some dating back to more than 50 years.
“If we don’t do this, breakdowns will occur and the system’s performance will deteriorate,” he said.