BY BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – The dreaded power woes faced by thousands of Malaysians in Sabah finally hit the place where it mattered most – the Sabah Legislative Assembly building complex Monday.
There were a lot of red faces among the State Assembly staff, the Public Works Department which is in control of the building’s maintenance as well as Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd, who bore the brunt initially from the lawmakers.
But, SESB was not to be blamed this time around, fortunately for them. SESB officials were quick to quietly pass on the news that faulty wiring was the likely cause of the blackout.
Apparently electrical trips were occurring around the complex with even the banquet hall in darkness (at one stage) where Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman was presenting annual grants to school and religious bodies.
The media room was also among the areas hit by the power disruptions.
However, the main sitting of the house was not disrupted.
State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman was observing works being carried out to correct and restore the power at the house which was debating Musa’s 2017 state budget.
A frentic Public Works Department director Datuk Amrullah Kamal said his men would look into the problem once the assembly has concluded for the day.
“We will look into the entire wiring system,” he said.
The power outage started in the morning right up to 3.50pm.
After the resumption of power supply Amrullah said the likely cause of the power outage was probably due to an overload and normal short circuit.
“Luckily the chamber was not affected by the power outage,” he said.
Two mobile sets were deployed by Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to counter the problem.