WITH MORE FOCUS BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE SETTING UP OF FACTORIES TO GIVE LOCAL WORKERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN THEIR HOME STATE, AN EFFICIENT UTILITY COMPANY IS A MUST. IT’S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH WHETHER THAT VISION CAN BE REALISED OR NOT
COMMENT: They came across as a sloppy set up.
How could SESB (Sabah Electricity) allow the unpaid electricity bills of 1Borneo Hypermall – Sabah’s biggest mall – to go to that kind of figure?
It was absurd. RM9.3 million of unpaid bills!
Consumers know if you don’t pay your electricity bills within 60 days, you will be given a warning letter.
If you fail to pay within the stipulated time, your power will be disconnected and a fee of RM50 has to be paid to reconnect your supply. Simple stuff!
So, why was no action taken early on in this case? Why was it allowed to accumulate to that much?
Was 1B ever given that warning letter? If it wasn’t given out; why not?
Was there a fear factor on the part of SESB? Fear of what and of whom? Hanky panky even?
If it was given out, why did 1B ignore it? Did they have a “Big Brother” somewhere out there protecting them then so that no action would be taken by SESB for the unpaid bills?
To say the whole dispute was not right is an understatement, as there were too many unanswered questions.
The state government took the right stand by staying away from the dispute allowing the parties involved to sort it out between them.
The Karambunai Assemblyman, Azhar Matussin, who is also the Assistant Minister of Trade and Industries, did make a plea on behalf of the tenants, being an Assemblyman of the area where the mall is.
For members of the public, of course it was not acceptable to see such a situation.
SESB like any organisation is supposed to serve the customers properly; did they when they were not even vigilant?
Instead the customers were pushed to the edge especially those who try to earn an honest living. Then there was the demand to settle the huge amount on the spot so to speak. What madness.
What kind of business decision was that in the first place? Only SESB can enlighten us, but it appears their PR Department is non-existent.
A new working culture must be instilled where transparency and accountability should be the top priorities.
Now the situation is back to normal with 1B, hopefully if there are more cases like this, at least an early warning alert must be sent out so that it does not get out of hand which does not give out good signals to the business community locally or potential investors abroad and it is never fair to the consumers.
And the frequent power breakdowns have yet to be resolved by SESB.
This is an area the state government must also pay attention to; with the federal deputy minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment coming from Sabah, Munirah Majilis; maybe this would be the right time for the state government to buy back SESB and let the locals run it like before.
Even the previous government was open to it and it was not a bad idea actually.
With more focus by the current government on the setting up of factories to give local workers the opportunity to work in their home state, an efficient utility company is a must.
It’s a matter of life and death whether that vision can be realised or not.
WITH THE PROPOSAL TO MAKE SABAH THE 13TH STATE OF THE PHILIPPINES, PIMENTEL CAN ONLY BE CATEGORISED AS EITHER A GENIUS OR A BLOODY FOOL, MAYBE EVEN INSANE
Yes, why not? Great idea.
Make Sabah the Philippines 13th state as proposed by the former Philippines Senate President Nene Pimentel as reported in a Sabah daily.
Never mind they have no real basis for it.
Never mind the Brunei Sultanate which Sabah was part of then, never gave Sabah away to anyone despite the fake claim by some people there.
Never mind there were two commissions of enquiry, namely the Cobbold Commission and the UN Mission to Borneo to find out if people of Sabah had wanted to be part of Malaysia.
Never mind the World Court in the Sipadan case had said that historical claims had no basis when Philippines had tried to intervene in the case between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Never mind Malaysia is a fait accompli.
Never mind Sabahans don’t just feel comfortable and don’t wish to be a part of the Philippines.
It’s not what we want, it is about what Pimentel thinks we want and we have no say in the matter.
Never mind he never asked us.
Never mind we had our right to self-determination and decided who we wanted to be.
We don’t exist according to him. We are the invisible men and women.
Yes, with the proposal to make Sabah the 13th state of the Philippines, Pimentel can only be categorised as either a genius or a bloody fool, maybe even insane.
We Sabahans think we know which category he belongs to. Our Chief Minister obviously does.
The latest report now said they have decided not to include a specific provision to include Sabah as part of its national territory in the draft federal constitution submitted to President Duterte.
Ah well, never mind.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Our earlier heading read RM9 Billion. The correct figure should be RM9 Million. The error if regretted and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.