SESB replaces  rusty Papar pole 
Published on: Monday, May 13, 2019

The Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) had taken the initiative to replace a severely rusted high-tension electricity pole that stood at the roadside in Kampung Novoung, Papar, on April 25. 


A concerned resident had voiced deep concerns about the risk to villagers posed by the rusty utility pole, as he feared it would collapse any time.  

The resident, who had brought the matter with photos of the severely rusted pole to the SESB office in Papar towards the end of last year, was baffled as to why the firm was dragging its feet to replace the pole.  

A SESB spokeswoman regretted the inconvenience caused to the villagers there for the delay in taking the necessary action. 

“Our personnel inspected the condition of the affected pole and they agreed that it had to be replaced with a new pole,” she added. 

She also said its team of technicians also checked on the condition of other utility poles in that village to ensure they were rust-free. 

“It’s (the pole) on its last leg because half of its diameter had already been consumed by rust,” said RICHARD, who spoke on behalf of the villagers who frequent the stretch either by car or foot. 

He said the issue had also been posted on the complaint section on the official SESB website but to no avail. 

“At one point, I was told that they would come to take the necessary action but the rusty pole remains until today,” he told Hotline on April 20. 

He feared for the safety of the villagers, especially students, who were often seen walking at the roadside where the affected pole was located. 

“I urge the utility firm to act fast before someone gets hurt when the pole finally collapses later.”

Apart from safety concerns, he said more than 50 houses in the village, including at the nearby villages, would have their electricity supply disrupted should the power cables snap. 

“If that happens, I’m sure it would take them more than an hour to restore electricity and the affected villagers would suffer,” he added. (OV)


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