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SESB switches on 1B supply again
Published on: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Tenants and shoplot owners in 1Borneo Hypermall as well as visitors patronising the mall won't sweat anymore as electricity supply to the air-conditioning system was restored Friday afternoon.

This was made possible after the 1Borneo Management Corporation Sdn Bhd (1BMC) reached an agreement with Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) on settling the accumulated outstanding owing to them.

Karambunai Assemblyman Azhar Matussin, who is also the Trade and Industrial Assistant Minister, said he was very pleased that SESB was willing to cooperate and agreed to reduce the first instalment to RM3.5 million, which was paid on Friday.

He said the 1Borneo Hypermall shopowners and their workers had to endure no air-conditioning for almost 10 days.

"I was made to understand that the 1Borneo Hypermall Shoplot Owners Association paid RM500,000 to SESB on Friday morning and the 1BMC paid the remaining RM3 million in the afternoon.

"The reconnection of the power supply to the air-conditioning system would be good for the image of the shopping mall and will restore the confidence of investors to come to Sabah," he said.

On June 27, SESB cut supply to the air-conditioning in the morning before reconnecting it back by noon after RM700,000 was paid as an initial payment to the outstanding RM9.3 million, which is now left with about RM8.6 million.

According to a Friday statement issued by 1BMC, the 1Borneo Hypermall's operation will resume as normal after the reconnection power supply to its air-conditioning system.

"The mall management would like to express our great gratitude towards our honourable Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony, Home Deputy Minister Datuk Azis Jamman cum Sepanggar MP, Trade and Industrial Assistant Minister cum Karambunai assemblyman Azhar Matussin and Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Jimmy Wong for their tireless effort on behind the scenes on negotiations with SESB to work out an agreeable settlement proposal to keep 1Borneo Hypermall in operation.

"Without their effort, the mall would have ceased operations and many livelihoods would be affected.

We would also like to thank Datuk Michael Lui and the Kota Kinabalu Tionghua Chamber and Industry for their assistance," said in statement. – Hayati Dzulkifli

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