Three electricity theft via underground cable bypass uncovered in Stutong Heights

Close up of the hidden direct tapping cable (as indicated by the red arrow).

KUCHING, Jan 12: Sarawak Energy uncovers three more electricity theft via underground direct tapping in Stutong Heights, following an extensive detection operation prompted by a power theft case in the area on Oct 19, 2023.

The collaborative effort involved Sarawak Energy’s operational and retail arm, Syarikat Sesco Berhad, in conjunction with the Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication (MUT) and the police.

In a media release today, Sarawak Energy emphasised that power theft evidence was confirmed after the concrete barriers were removed, revealing direct tapping cables and signs of electricity tampering.

In all cases, the tampered wirings were found unsafe, which could lead to electrical appliances damage, fire and even loss of lives in the neighbourhood.

Sarawak Energy has incurred losses of approximately RM28,000 due to unreported electricity consumption over the past 36 months from these cases.

The owners of the three premises are currently under investigation. Those found guilty will be subject to charges as stipulated in Section 33(5) of the Electricity Ordinance, which carries penalties of up to RM100,000 and/or a potential imprisonment term of up to five years.

Technical team and contractor hacking the concrete to uncover the direct tapping cables at one of the premises at Stutong Heights.

Underground direct tapping and unauthorised power connections are highly dangerous as they have the potential to cause fire, electrical appliance damage, loss of lives, and disrupt the stability of electrical supply to the users and surrounding community.

Sesco’s meter inspection teams are equipped with both the expertise and the necessary tools to identify all forms of electricity theft, including underground direct tapping.

Members of the public should exercise caution when encountering individuals claiming to reduce electricity bills or offering meter tampering services.

Landlords are also advised to exercise due diligence to protect themselves from being implicated in any unlawful activities perpetrated by their tenants.

Individuals with information related to power theft are encouraged to report such activities via Sarawak Energy’s customer care centre at 1300-88-3111 or by emailing All information provided will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. — DayakDaily