KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) loses about RM64mil a year to power thefts in the state.
SESB Asset Management senior general manager Muhamad Nazri Pazil said most of the illegal power connections were at squatter colonies statewide.
“There are about 178,000 squatter houses in Sabah and almost all of them are believed to connect electricity illegally,” he said following a two-day operation against illegal power connections in Sandakan.
He said this also contributed to the unstable supply to paying users, especially at areas near squatters.
At least 300kg of wires were seized during the crackdown on Saturday and Sunday at the Batu Sapi and Batu 3 squatter colonies.
“Similar operations to disconnect illegal power connections and power thefts will be carried out continuously,” Muhamad said.
Also involved in the operation were the Sabah East Coast division Energy Commission, Eastern Sabah Security Command, police, armed forces, General Operations Force, Sandakan Municipal Council, National Registration Department, State Water Department and Road Transport Department.