String of commercial power theft cases found in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Several premises including shrimp farms, tourist centres and ice factories were among those found involved in power theft in raids in Sabah.

The operation by state sector regulator Energy Commission of Sabah (Ecos) and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) was carried out at 15 business and industrial premises located here, Kota Belud, Tuaran and Sandakan earlier this week.

Ecos CEO Datuk Abdul Nasser Abdul Wahid said the premises were suspected of tampering with SESB meters and having illegal electrical connections, resulting in an estimated loss of RM3mil incurred by SESB.

“Out of the 15 premises, 10 power theft cases were detected including at shrimp farms, tourist centres, furniture stores, restaurants, ice factories, seafood processing factories and entertainment centres,” he told a press conference in Sandakan yesterday.

“Ecos has seized items such as illegal connection cables, tampered electric meters and electronic equipment used to interfere with SESB meters.

“We will initiate prosecution under Sections 61(1) and 61(3) of the Electricity Supply Enactment 2024.

“If found guilty, owners of the premises may be fined up to RM1mil or jailed for a period not exceeding 10 years, or both.”

He added that any party found complicit in tampering with meters or making illegal electrical wiring could also be charged under Section 61(1) of the Electricity Supply Enactment 2024.

He said SESB could also choose to recover the losses they incurred under Section 62 of the same enactment.

Abdul Nasser also said the raids involved inspections of electrical installations, in which 20 unregistered and unlicensed generator sets were found.

“Those convicted of this offence face a fine up to RM500,000 or jail sentence up to five years, or both, under Section 8 of the Electricity Supply Enactment 2024.”

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