Power thefts cost Sabah utility firm RM5mil


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  • Friday, 07 Feb 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) has uncovered more than 800 power thefts in the state after suffering losses of about RM5mil since 2017.

Its acting managing director Datuk Abdul Nasser Abdul Wahid said the power thieves were mostly customers who allegedly tampered with electricity meters.

The offenders would either be charged or face charges soon, he said.

“Thirty-one cases are being looked into and some are undergoing trial in court,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Of the 31 cases, two comprised an entertainment outlet and a shophouse unit.

“On Jan 2, the Labuan Magistrate’s Court allowed SESB to claim a compensation of RM8,849.60 from the entertainment outlet,” Abdul Nasser said.

On the same day, he said the Kota Kinabalu Magistrate’s Court ordered a shophouse owner to pay RM23,109.94 to SESB for tampering with the electricity meter.

He said the management of the entertainment outlet was found to be paying only 40% of the total power usage for months after the power meter was tampered with.

The shoplot owner is believed to have committed the offence for more than six months.

Abdul Nasser said SESB would continue to monitor the electric usage of all its clients and would not hesitate to take action.

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