SESB union backs Sabah govt’s takeover move

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) employees union supports the move to have the state government take over the management of SESB.

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

“We hope what has been discussed between the union and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, including the workers’ welfare, will be fulfilled,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

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

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

The federal government recently agreed to return SESB to Sabah.

Last month, Energy, Science Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin announced that the federal government had agreed in principle to return the ailing SESB to Sabah, 34 years after the state government ceded its powers over the energy company.

Yeo was quoted as saying that the transition for the takeover would take about two years.

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

Shafie was earlier quoted as saying that a special task force comprising state and federal representatives would be set up immediately to speed up the return of the loss-making utility company from major shareholder Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).

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