Factory supervisor held for power theft

IPOH: A supervisor in Hutan Melintang is being investigated for allegedly tampering with a Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) substation at his frozen seafood processing factory, says Comm Datuk Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri.

The Perak police chief said the 31-year-old man will be remanded for four days until Friday (Sept 30).

"A team of policemen from Bukit Aman's D4 Unit and some TNB personnel raided the factory at about 12.30pm on Monday (Sept 26).

"Upon checking the premises, we found some modifications done to the substation," he told a press conference at state police headquarters here on Tuesday (Sept 27).

"This has caused TNB to lose about RM1.3mil since 2019," he said, adding that the man would be investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief and causing losses, and Section 37 (2) of the Electricity Supply Act.

"This is our biggest raid for this year," he added.

"TNB has issued compound notices for electricity theft to the factory five times in the past, amounting to RM100,000, yet it persisted," he added.

Comm Mohd Yusri said they also arrested 57 foreign workers on the premises for not having proper documents.

Those detained consisted of 16 men and 41 women from Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

"The foreign workers will be remanded under the Immigration Act for 14 days until Oct 10," he said.

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