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Tabuan Hilir man first to be jailed for power theft
Posted on : 29 Jan 2020  Source of News: https://www.theborneopost.com/2020/01/29/tabuan-hilir-man-first-to-be-jailed-for-power-theft/
 

The meter inspection team dismantling the illegal and unsafe meter wirings at the house.

 

KUCHING: A resident of Tabuan Hilir here was recently sentenced to nine months in prison after he pleaded guilty in the Sessions Court to three counts of stealing electricity.

The Ministry of Utilities in a statement said this marks the first case that a power theft offender has been sentenced to jail.

Drahman Maludin was charged under Section 33 of the Electricity Ordinance for stealing electricity and supplying electricity illegally to his neighbours through unidentified meters.

His guilty plea was recorded in the presence of Sessions Court Judge Marutin Pagan on Jan 20.

For the first charge, he was ordered to pay a fine of RM25,000 in default three months’ imprisonment under Section 33(1) of the Electricity Ordinance, for supplying electricity to and for the use of any other person.

He was also charged under Section 33(3) for causing danger to human life and other property by tampering with meter installations. This charge carries a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment with or without a fine, to which the court sentenced him to three months’ jail.

For the third charge, he was ordered to pay RM25,000 in default three months imprisonment under Section 33(5) of the Electricity Ordinance, for dishonestly abstracting electricity.

The Ministry of Utilities was represented by the State Attorney-General’s Chambers, while Drahman was represented by his counsel.

A spokesperson from the ministry said the offence was uncovered during a joint operation with Sarawak Energy’s utility arm, Syarikat Sesco Berhad (Sesco) in March 2014 at Tabuan Hilir.

The inspection team found that the accused had illegally connected electricity to eight houses in the neighbourhood through unidentified meters.

It was learned that the electricity supply was illegally abstracted from incoming neutral and live service lines through direct tapping.

All illegal wirings and tampered meters were seized and sent to the meter lab for further investigation.

Drahman was also charged with arrears amounting to RM47,290.50, being losses incurred by Sarawak Energy, for power theft.

Sarawak Energy will continue to work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Utilities and the police to carry out meter inspections and investigation operations throughout Sarawak to curb this dangerous crime, which carries a penalty of up to RM100,000 and/or five years’ imprisonment.

Customers are reminded against stealing electricity to reduce their electricity bills.

They are also reminded not to trust service providers who claim to be able to reduce electricity bills or allow premises owners to enjoy limitless electricity through meter tampering.

Power theft through illegal connections is dangerous and can lead to fire, endangering lives and damaging customers’ properties including electrical appliances.

Sarawak Energy meter inspection teams are trained to detect tampered meters, including fake electricity meter covers as part of its efforts to curb power theft.

The Ministry of Utilities and Sarawak Energy appreciate the public’s continued support in curbing power theft and encourages them to continue to report power theft including details of power theft service providers via Sarawak Energy’s Customer Care Centre at 1300-88-3111 or via email to customercare@sarawakenergy.com.

All information obtained will be kept strictly confidential.