Handover of SESB to commence early 2020
Published on: Saturday, December 14, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: The State Government aims to take back Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) from the Federal Government early next year, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. 

“We target this will be done early next year,” he told a joint press conference with Federal Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (Mestecc) Minister Yeo Bee Yin, after their meeting at the State Administrative Centre (PPNS), Friday. 

Mohd Shafie said the meeting was held to discuss the takeover as had been decided by both the Federal and State Cabinets. 

“We have discussed about our preparation, our effort to realise this transition process. So that the handing over can be implemented at a certain period of time. 

“We also discussed the setting up of a special working group between Mestecc and representatives of the Sabah State Government, along with the consultant, to enable us to refine the details and we look at all the technical issues.

“After that, we hope the YB (Yeo) will bring up at the Federal Cabinet level to finalise the SESB management handing-over effort at the Sabah State-level,” he said, thanking Yeo for her contribution. 

Mohd Shafie said the effort is not only for the interest of Sabah alone but the whole nation as it would enable Sabah to contribute towards development by enabling the State to attract as many investors.

“Electricity supply is one important factors not only for us in Sabah but also in our effort to attract more investors to come and invest in Sabah,” he said. 

Yeo said the Federal Government has in principle agreed to hand-over SESB back to Sabah and Friday’s meeting was done after due diligence had been done. 

“The meeting is meant to deliberate on the due diligence report. So we expect to look at it thoroughly and study every detail so that we will not only do the handing-over but do it properly and ensure that electricity subscribers in Sabah get the best from both the State and Federal Governments,” she said. 


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