Friday, September 29

Crackdown on power theft continues


KOTA KINABALU: Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) has continued its crackdown on illegal power connections that are still rampant in the State capital.

SESB personnel and contractors confiscating electrical wires during the operation.

The crackdown, which entered its second day yesterday, is a joint effort by the Power Commission (ST), SESB contractors and auxiliary policemen.

It targeted squatters who had made illegal connections from the company’s sub-stations, electrical poles and streetlight poles belonging to City Hall.

Among the areas targeted were Signal Hill, Kampung Tanjung Aru Baru and Lama, Kg Sembulan and Kg Merumtum in Putatan.

Anyone caught stealing electricity can be charged under Section 37 of the Electrical Supply Act 1990 which carries a fine of up to RM100,000.

The company continues to monitor areas it believes have made illegal electrical wires connection from time to time and urges the public to lodge a report with SESB if there is any illegal connection near or around their areas.

Meanwhile, as of Dec 6, the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) in Sabah stands at 666 minutes per month, which is lower than the 700-minute targeted.