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Power theft: SESB won’t compromise with anyone
Published on: Sunday, February 25, 2024
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Power theft: SESB won’t compromise with anyone
Illegal power tapping at Kg Hidayat, Tawau.
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) will not compromise with any party involved in the crime of stealing electricity or making illegal connections. 

Its Chairman Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau (pic) said he recently lodged a police report on electricity theft at Kampung Hidayat Batu 4, Jalan Apas, Tawau, resulting in losses of RM183,156 monthly.

He said the illegal electricity connection posed a threat to public safety, including the risk of fire and electrocution.

“Apart from the police, the Sabah Energy Commission will also investigate and prosecute such rampant crime in the village,” he added.

According to him, he (Tangau), Tawau Member of Parliament Datuk Lo Su Fui and SESB Chief Executive Officer Ir. Ts. Mohd Yaakob Jaafar conducted a survey in the village. 

“Originally, the survey, which included the participation of local leaders such as village chiefs, the Community Leaders Unit (UPPM) and SESB management, aimed to assess the suitability of the implementation of the Independent Power Distributor (IPD). 


“However, upon arriving at the location, we observed blatant illegal connections in almost every house. We take this criminal act seriously, and a police report was filed at the Bombalai police station this afternoon,” he said in a statement.

Madius urged the public to report similar offences to the police as electricity theft contributes to power supply disruptions in Sabah.

“Theft of electricity is one of the leading causes of power supply disruptions in Sabah. Let us unite in combating this crime together,” he said.

For the record, despite being in his 8th month as SESB Chairman, Madius has adopted a user-friendly approach by actively seeking suggestions and views through various dialogue programmes and sessions with community leaders and people’s representatives. 

Madius frequently visits the field to directly experience and understand the hardships faced by people in areas with critical energy supply issues. 

Furthermore, as the Tuaran Member of Parliament, he is dedicated to resolving the electricity supply problem in Sabah by promoting a “1SESB 1Tujuan” work culture.

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