Massage parlour, pub latest to be caught for stealing power

SEB have categorised the massage parlour and pub as “high-risk customers” as they have “tried to influence the inspection teams” before. - SEB

BINTULU: Armed with search warrants, Sesco enforcement officers entered a massage parlour and a pub at Fortune Park here recently to seize evidence in suspected power theft cases committed.

The raid, initiated after the business operators obstructed and refused Sesco’s meter inspection team access to the premises last month, was conducted jointly with Electrical Inspectorate Unit (EIU) inspectors from the Ministry of Public Utilities and assisted by the police, Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) said.

SEB said they found evidence of power theft in the raids.

“Both entertainment outlets have a history of meter tampering and are in the company’s close monitoring list,” SEB said

Customers under this watch-list have their meters checked regularly.

SEB also said the massage parlour and pub have been categorised as “high-risk customers” as they have “tried to influence the inspection teams” before.

In the recent raid, the Sesco officers discovered that the meter seals were “disturbed” and there were holes at the main front cover and voltage open circuit.

“We replaced these tampered meters with smart meters.

“This enabled Sesco to monitor the customer’s consumption in real time from headquarters.

“Any attempt to tamper with the meter will be detected immediately,” they added.

With the evidence collected, Sesco have lodged a police report lodged for further investigation and prosecution. –