SESB workers' union backs move of Sabah govt takeover


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Jan 2019

POWER TALKS... Energy, Science Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin informing Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal about the Cabinet's greenlight to return Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd to state control.

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) workers' union supports the move to have the state government take over the utilty company's management.

Union president Azhar M.Y Ahmad said all members as well as SESB employees were happy with the move.

“We hope what has been discussed between the union and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, which touched on many aspects, including workers’ welfare, will be fulfilled,” he said in a statement here Tuesday (Jan 22).

He said during previous meetings with Shafie and other stakeholders, the issue of welfare of workers and retirees were also discussed.

Azhar said he hoped there would be no breaking of promises on the government’s part now that the utility company is set to come under the management of the state government.

The federal government has recently agreed to return SESB to Sabah following discussions from both parties.

Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin announced the decision during her official visit to Sabah recently.

Yeo said that the transition for the takeover would take about two years.

She said two committees that would look at financial and technical aspects will be set up to identify the problems within SESB before the company is returned to the Sabah government.

 

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