Illegal Wiring Unsafe: Stealing Electricity Can Cause Electrocution and Fire

Customers Are Reminded of Danger of Non-Standard Wirings

10 FEBRUARY 2021

Sarawak Energy customers are strongly reminded that non-standard and unsafe wiring at their premises can damage electrical appliances, cause electrocution or electrical fires. Sarawak Energy recently received reports of unsafe wiring found at business premises in 10th Mile Bazaar which have raised public concern.

Sarawak Energy’s utility arm, Syarikat SESCO Berhad, together with the police have disconnected supply and dismantled the unsafe wirings found at the premises. It was discovered that the non-standard wiring connected from the distribution board from the staircase entrance leading up to the premises above posed an electrocution and fire risk, endangering the public and neighbours. The wirings were also connected directly from the main incoming supply without going through the electricity meter, resulting in consumption not being registered at all.

Sarawak Energy continues to educate the public on electrical safety and welcomes reports from the public on the matter. Unregistered electricity consumption is regarded as stealing electricity in Sarawak, a criminal offence under Section 33(5) of the Electricity Ordinance which carries a penalty of up to RM100,000 and/or five years’ jail. Not only a criminal offence, illegal wirings also poses safety threats to the public.

The public are encouraged to report any unsafe wirings in their area and to report any suspicious activities related to power theft to Sarawak Energy’s 24-hour customer care centre at 1300-88-3111 or email at Your report can save lives and prevent properties from electrical damage due to illegal wirings.

The unsafe wiring found at the premises as reported by the public

The technical team dismantling the unsafe wirings, witnessed by the police.

The technical team disconnecting supply from the mains.