Vandals, cable thieves to blame for street light malfunctions

Underground cables were cut and

Transformer vandalised, copper
pieces missing.

KUCHING: Vandalism and cable theft are the causes of street lighting malfunctions in Kuala Baram in Miri.

Over 100 street lighting columns are malfunctioning, posing a safety risk to road users at night, said Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) in a press statement on Wednesday.

“The thieves not only stole the cables, they also caused structural damage to the transformer, affecting street lighting columns in the Kuala Baram area,” it said.

“Vandalism has been an ongoing problem in Kuala Baram. Since 2015 Sarawak Energy has spent almost RM500,000 in repair and mitigation costs for that area alone. As mitigation measures, Sarawak Energy has converted the copper underground cable to aluminium, at the same time converting some underground cables to overhead lines.”

To ensure public safety, SEB urged the public to report any suspicious activities or malfunctioning of street lights so immediate remedial action can be taken.

SEB can be contacted via its Customer Care Centre at 1300-88-3111.

Incidents can be logged into Sarawak Energy’s ‘SEB Cares’ Mobile App, available for download at Apple’s App Store for iOS and Google’s Play Store for Android.