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Power theft raids uncover illegal activity in four Sabah districts

Publish date: Thu, 13 Jun 2024, 07:36 PM

KOTA KINABALU: A series of raids in four Sabah districts found several premises involved in power thefts.

State sector regulators Energy Commission of Sabah (Ecos) and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) conducted an operation earlier this week at 15 business and industrial establishments in the state capital, Kota Belud, Tuaran, and Sandakan.

Ecos CEO Datuk Abdul Nasser Abdul Wahid said the premises were suspected of tampering with SESB meters and having illegal electrical connections, resulting in an estimated loss of RM3mil to SESB.

“Out of the 15 premises, 10 power theft cases were detected, including at shrimp farms, tourist centres, furniture stores, restaurants, ice factories, seafood processing factories, and entertainment centres,” he said in a press conference in Sandakan on Thursday (June 13).

“We will take prosecutorial action in court under Sections 61(1) and 61(3) of the Electricity Supply Enactment 2024,” Abdul Nasser added.

He added that SESB could also choose to recover the losses it incurred under Section 62 of the same Enactment.

He said that the raids also found 20 unregistered and unlicensed generator sets.

In a separate event, Ecos also celebrated the official opening of its east coast regional branch office located at Wisma Sabah in Sandakan.

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