Sarawak Energy Reminds The Public On The Danger Of Cable Theft And Vandalism

KUCHING, 7TH APRIL 2015, TUESDAY : Sarawak Energy deeply regrets the fatality which occurred at a substation in Matang on Monday morning. The unfortunate incident was caused when the individual was electrocuted in a suspected attempt to steal 11,000 volt power cable connected to a switchgear.

“We are saddened by this tragic death, regardless of the circumstances. Despite our constant reminders in the media and the security measures put in place to deter thieves and curb cable theft and vandalism, this dangerous activity still persists, “said Sarawak Energy’s Chief Operating Officer, Lu Yew Hung.

The incident affected power supply for over 5 hours to Taman Sri Matang, Sacofa Sri Matang, Lee Ling 3, Lee Ling 4 and Lee Ling Villa.

“In 2014 alone, Sarawak Energy spent a total of RM3.4 million to replace stolen items as a result of cable theft and vandalism and has stepped up mitigation measures which include reinforcing security at its substations and installation of CCTVs at certain facilities. Regular patrolling at theft prone areas are also being done to better secure our facilities,” added Mr Lu.

Sarawak Energy has given constant reminders through printed media, radio campaigns, exhibitions, distribution of leaflets and also goes to schools to inculcate awareness and educate the public on the danger of electrical infrastructure and facilities.

Cable theft is a serious crime that can cause death or serious injury, in addition to power outage, equipment and financial loss. Sarawak Energy has been working closely with the police to curb this societal menace and every theft case is reported and investigated.

Sarawak Energy would like to appeal for cooperation from the public to stop cable and metal theft. Do report suspicious activities or individuals lurking near electrical equipment or facilities by contacting Sarawak Energy Customer Care Centre at 1-300-88-3111.