Fears of a Kaamatan blackout
Published on: Friday, May 29, 2020
By: Oliver Voon
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A new transformer waiting to be installed on May 23 but incessant rain delayed the effort.
PENAMPANG: Residents here fear they are in for another all-day blackout during the coming Kaamatan as happened during Hari Raya.

They are also worried that the regular blackouts the district is experiencing would take a toll on their electrical appliances at a time when most people are short of cash. 

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) has since apologised to the folks residing along Jalan Datuk Peter Mojuntin, Kampung Hungab and nearby villages for the lengthy blackout on the first day of Raya. 

It noted that despite recent maintenance work, many areas in the district are still affected by frequent outages such as along the Penampang Bypass, SK Pun Tunoh, KMK 1, I-Plaza, Taman Liana, Taman Padimas, Wing Rose, etc. 

“We are still isolating the cause of the problem,” its spokeswoman said. 

She said immediate repairs would be carried out at any of their equipment that is causing the power trips. 

“We urge the people to report such problem to us at 15454, 088-515000, Whatsapp 0198525427, SESB Careline FB Page, SESB Twitter @CarelineSesb,” she added. 

As for the power disruption on May 24, she said it was triggered by a breakdown in the existing transformer in Kampung Hungab, which was later replaced. 

“The weather was terrible the whole day as it was raining heavily at certain times to the point that water started to flood the substations at several areas in that district.

She said the effort of installing the new transformer was halted several times as safety of the technical team must take top priority. 

“The task was only completed and power was restored around 8.20pm that day,” she added. 

The complainants also said the utility company’s Careline at 1-5454 was very hard to reach as it always engaged. 

“I finally managed to speak to their staff but surprisingly they too are unaware of the root cause of the problem and as to when it will be resolve at that time,” said one resident. 

He pitied those who were celebrating the auspicious occasion on that day due to the lightly blackout. 

“It is timely for SESB to plan how they can prevent flooding at their substations to avoid unnecessary inconveniences to hundreds of their customers,” he said. 


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