Customers want Sesco to prove they owe nearly RM25,000 in arrears

From left: Dr Ting, Wong and Tan are seen after the press conference.

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Oct 17: Two Syarikat SESCO Berhad (Sesco) customers were shocked to receive letters from the utility provider recently, demanding nearly RM25,000 in arrears and alleging that their electricity meters had been tampered with.

Frustrated, they both approached Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon on Thursday for help.

“We are seeking an explanation on how Sesco could make such accusations without providing us the proof,” said one of the customers, Tan Huat Kee.

Tan together with Wong Kee Cheong, residing in Pujut 5 and 4 respectively, came to Dr Ting’s office in Piasau here today, to file their complaints and seek the latter’s asistance over the issue.

During a press conference today, Wong said that Sesco had issued him a letter claiming that he owed RM12,096.50 in arrears.

“They gave me the reason that the meter was tampered with seven years ago, and I just received their letter recently. Why did you have to wait for seven years to issue the letter?” asked Wong.

He added, on Wednesday, Sesco technicians came to his house to disconnect the electricity supply.

“I could not afford to pay the arrears that they demanded, so I went to their office to negotiate the amount hoping that they can re-connect the supply, and I’ve paid RM1,000 to re-connect,” explained Wong.

Tan had a similar experience, except that Sesco gave him two days to settle the arrears before disconnecting the electricity supply.

“Sesco claimed that they detected the meter at my house had been tampered with three years ago, and a letter was issued and sent to me recently demanding RM12,844.67 in arrears,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Ting in response to the issues raised with him today said Sesco should prove that the meters has been tempered with before making any accusation or taking action.

“They need to review the situation before making any accusations,” he opined. — DayakDaily