Sarawak Energy puts hold on disconnecting electricity for customer reliant on medical equipment

Sarawak Energy

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KUCHING, May 2: Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sarawak Energy) will put on hold all disconnection activities against a domestic customer in view of her dependence on medical equipment.

Sarawak Energy in a statement today said in 2016, a domestic customer of Sarawak Energy residing at a double-storey detached bungalow located along Jalan Song, Kuching was charged with total arrears of RM43,754.90 due to three meter-tampering cases detected over a number of years.

The utility company said evidence collected by its power theft team showed that the customer had repeatedly tampered with the electricity meter since 2011 and the meter had been replaced three times.

“The customer paid about RM9,000 of the total arrears but refused to settle the balance of RM34,664.30 despite continuous engagement and reminders from the utility.

“As there was no proceeding case filed by the consumer, Sesco issued notice for disconnection.

“The consumer subsequently filed for hearing of the case and applied for an injunction in September 2021 to stop disconnection activities due to medical equipment required by a member of the household,” it said.

On April 29, Stampin MP Chong Chieng Jen obtained a 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. — DayakDaily