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Bringing SESB to court August 11, 2009

Posted by wong jimmy in SESB.
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Electricity woes exist since 1985 until today and Sabah today not even a day goes without a blackout occurring somewhere. There is bound to be a black out somewhere! The challenge before us that Sabah has achieved something that is against the will of the people. As a record, in Asia we are number one when it comes to ‘blackouts’.

We have to find a way out of this mess and we cannot leave the entire matter in the hands of SESB or TNB or the energy commission. In their hands electricity supply has became worst and worst though they had made many promises that the situation will get better. As an example the grid system when it was completed, where SESB director made a statement that ‘blackouts’ will become history.

I feel the people have a part to play, if Moses can lead the Israel people across the Red Sea, I believe we have to lead the people out of this darkness that we have suffered for more than 20-years. The blackout now can be described as crazy situation. People cannot stand it anymore and our MPs and YBs should not keep silent. It’s useless to point fingers at each other.

I only see one best solution to get out of this situation and that is by taking this case to the court of justice to sort it out, so that every party could tell their side of the story why or how we end up in this situation. The government needs to know why the people are so frustrated about the electricity woe. Why they say enough is enough.

On the other hand, Sabahans will understand the SESB function to supply constant electricity to the ‘rakyat’ for domestic and commercial use. We want the people to have all the inside information about SESB functions. Is it because of political interference that led us into this mess?

So all the questions, suspicions, interfering of SESB that led to this mess are put into the open for the public to scrutinize. The best avenue is no other than the court.

That is why DAP has decided to lead the way to initiate this legal process which we hope to file the case beginning next month.

The objective of the legal process

1. To highlight the plight and predicament of the rakyat of Sabah to the national leaders. It’s not a matter of win or loss.

2. The process will serve as a serious lesson to SESB and Energy Commission as to their short coming. Serious enough for them to make serious effort to restore the supply of electricity.

 3. SESB must be transform and serve the purpose of energy supplier. The role of effective supply of electricity to domestic and commercial just like other states. From the worst to be equal if not better than the other states. This is what we want to achieve in court.

I am appealing to all parties’ regardless oppositions or ruling and come face-to-face together with the people. The wellbeing of the Sabah people, economic development, Sabah Development Corridor all solely depends on our capability and determination to solve this top priority. The blackouts, not only made Sabah suffer but also scaring away investors from investing, even for a small business. Investors do not dare to come, that is why this case is urgent. Its top priority, together the opposition and government to solve the problem once and for all.

As a ‘wakil rakyat’ I welcome if there is any solution better than the court. Since blackouts involve life and death, state government must use money to just like investing on hospital. The government must be prepared to invest on standby units. We need new generators; the old ones are becoming junks, like the barge that cost RM150 million, now is lying idling.

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