Chua: Enough! Stop Power Disruptions in Tawau
Tawau, Aug 12, 2009: Sabah
Progressive Party (SAPP) Vice President and MP for Tawau, Datuk Chua Soon Bui said she is fed up
with SESB for the incessant power disruptions in Tawau. She also received
numerous complaints from the people on the frequent brownouts, and nobody attended to their hotline
calls to SESB.
She said despite her many protests, demand and adjournment speech in
the parliament in July regarding the major concerns of the people on the
continuous disruptions of power supply, the ordeal continues to take place
with its worst lasting about 6-7 hours in Sin Onn area last Sunday. Worst
of all, Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. (SESB) provided an unreliable schedule
of disruptions that they didn't adhere to, causing more damages to the
industries and business sectors.
She said since the SESB and TNB are accountable to the people of Sabah,
especially Tawau, it is high time that the Prime Minister, YAB Datuk Seri
Najib Tun Razak respond to the people of Tawau. It is time to fulfill the
one Malaysia concept of People first and Performance Now.
She queried on why the situation has not improved since the announcement
by YB Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, minister of energy, green technology and
water in July on the delivery of mobile generators as short term measures
She said When TNB announced that there would be power disruptions in Kuala
Lumpur in August (this month) due to upgrading its services, she was
waiting for things to happen so that the people in KL would experience and
understand the hardship experienced and suffered by the people in Sabah in
the past for more than 20 years. But the notices for disruptions were
announced and implemented promptly in KL, with minimum impact on the
business sectors and people lives. She asked why are the people in Sabah
and Tawau treated differently?
"If TNB can provide credible service to its
consumers in west Malaysia, why can't they do the same in Tawau?
It was reported recently that millions of ringgits were lost due to the
ISA rally on 1/8/09 in Kuala Lumpur. The government complaints department
encouraged business sectors to lodge their claims against these people who
took part in the rally. She suggested that the government complaints
department should also expedite the payment of claims and compensations to
the consumers in Tawau and Sabah who had suffered great losses during the
power disruptions for the past years.
If the SESB and TNB continue to ignore the complaints of the people in
Tawau, she will seek
solution directly from the Prime Minister and his administration.
"People of Tawau also seek transparency in how much non-revenue power was
lost with illegal tapping of power supply, and why no long-term solutions
are implemented after so many years?
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