• Sarawak Records 500 Cases Of Stolen Cables Worth RM7m

    Reporter: Dayyan Mikhail
    Published: Wednesday, 21 February 2018
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    KUCHING: The Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has recorded 500 cases of cables pilfered the past three years, with losses amounting to RM7 million.

    Most of the cases involve underground electrical cables, especially in industrialised areas. It is believed that a syndicate is the mastermind as copper components have a high value in the market.

    “This irresponsible activity not only causes serious injuries or death as a result of electric shock, but also upsets the socio-economic growth of the state from electrical disruptions,” said Chief Executive Officer SESCO, Lau Kim Swee in a statement earlier.

    “There are situations where the damaged cables become unstable due to the electric voltage and affects household items.”

    SEB, the parent company to SESCO, urged residents to work together to curb the activity before it spirals out of control.

    Lau said people can contact SEB’s 24 hour customer service at 1300-88-3111 or report any stolen cable to the nearest police station.

    “People can lodge a report through the mobile phone application ‘SEB Cares’ to enable immediate enforcement action,” he said.

    Meanwhile, investigations into the electrical disruption on Chinese New Year in Petra Jaya found that it was triggered by cable supply failure due to attempted robbery.

    “The underground cable from the Matang substation to Astana was hacked at a construction site, not far from Datuk Temenggong Abang Kipali roundabout.

    “The attempt caused electrical disturbances at 10pm on Friday and affected parts of Jalan Astana, Semariang and Santubong,” he said.

    The suspect might have assumed the cable was inactive because it was located near a construction site.

    “The swift action from SESCO’s technical team managed to restore electricity to the affected areas within 20 minutes via another substation.

    “The damage was so severe that the team had to work 15 hours to repair it,” he said.

    Lau added that they found a pair of gloves, bag and several other items believed to be the suspect’s tools.-NST

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