SESB to sue contractor for damaging power lines

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) will be suing a construction company for allegedly responsible for at least 78 instances of damage to underground power lines while carrying out excavation works to build flyovers in the city over the past few years.“This year alone, there were four cases with the latest occurring on Saturday.

“This is happening repeatedly due to negligence and mistakes by the company, ” SESB senior general manager (asset management) Norhizami Abu Hassan said in a statement yesterday.

He said SESB had incurred huge losses apart from facing public grievances over power cuts.

“Such incidences are bad for the company’s image.

“SESB will not compromise and will take appropriate action against the construction company, ” Norhizami added.

He said SESB had lodged a police report and forwarded the matter to the relevant authorities for legal action regarding the latest incident at Jalan Persekutuan on Saturday, which left some 5,000 people without power for about 12 hours.

Apart from the 78 cases of cable damage, another nine cases are still pending legal action.

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