Chong obtains another injunction to stop electricity disconnection to house of woman relying on medical equipment

Chong (centre) and two others at his office.

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KUCHING, April 29: Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen has yesterday obtained another temporary injunction to prohibit Sesco from disconnecting the electricity supply to a house of an elderly woman, pending the final determination of a dispute case between the two parties involving alleged arrears of nearly RM35,000.

This is the second court-ordered temporary injunction obtained after the first on Sept 24, 2021.

Handling the case together with lawyer Hii Yiik Hew, Chong said the elderly woman’s son was extremely worried about Sesco’s threat to disconnect electricity supply to their house due to his mother’s present health condition that requires the support of electricity to operate medical equipment.

“Yesterday’s Sessions Court ruling was a relief to Mr Lim (the woman’s son). At least the family have peace of mind until the matter is finally determined by the Court,” he said in a statement today.

According to the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman, Sesco had some time in 2011 replaced the electricity meter to Lim’s house and thereafter the company on two subsequent occasions replaced the electricity meters to the house.

“All three replacements of meters were carried out by Sesco without the knowledge of the woman or Lim.

“Thereafter, Sesco alleged that there was arrears of more than RM40,000 due to some defects on the meters,” he explained.

Lim then had a few rounds of discussions and meetings with Sesco and paid a certain sum.

While Lim thought that the matter had been fully settled, Chong said it was until some time in 2021 when Sesco threatened to disconnect electricity to his house if he fails to pay a further sum of RM34,664.

“Being dissatisfied and felt unfairly treated, Lim sought my help and we filed an action against Sesco challenging the propriety and validity of Sesco’s claim.

“But even when we are proceeding with the case, Sesco insisted on disconnecting the electricity supply while the case is pending,” he added. — DayakDaily