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SESB to check bending pole
Published on: Friday, February 17, 2017

Penampang: SABAH Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) staff will check on the condition of an electricity pole along the access road to a Penampang village. This follows a complaint that the structure was bending over dangerously.

IAN, who lives in Kg Koidupan, said the pole, which was located beside a construction site for some apartments, was slanting at a 45-degree angle.

"It looks as if it could fall over at any time," he said.

"I suspect that the soil in which the pole was planted might have become loose due to the on-going development."

He said he had relayed his concerns to SESB several times.

"I have been phoning SESB on and off. When no action was forthcoming, I even went down to the company's office."

"At one point, I was told that the staff had tried and failed to find the pole in question."

Ian first noticed that the pole was not standing upright late last year.

"I cannot understand why the company is taking this problem so lightly. If the pole collapses and damages a vehicle, or hurts a passer-by, will the company accept responsibility for the mishap?"

A SESB spokesman said the relevant section would be informed about this matter.

"We will have to determine whether the poles do indeed belong to us before proceeding with further action.

"If this proves to be the case, then our workers will be instructed to set the poles back aright as soon as possible."

Effort would also be made to fortify the base of the poles to prevent them from leaning over again, according to him. (SS)

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