Electricity theft costs TNB RM500 million yearly


Datuk Seri Che
Khalib Mohamad Noh,
President & CEO,
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia — (METERING.COM) — August 23, 2011 – Malaysia’s state electricity company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is losing as much as RM500 million ($169 million) annually to thieves using increasingly elaborate measures and high-tech equipment, according to the local Star newspaper.

In one case a commercial property owner is understood to have gone to the length of building a secret tunnel to the meter room, where electricity theft gadgets could be quickly removed in the event of a raid.

“The manner in which meters are tampered is becoming more and more sophisitcated with various electronic gasgets used to register low readings,” TNB president and CEO Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh was quoted as saying, adding that there were also cases of remote control devices being used to switch off electricity siphoning devices when meters were being monitored by TNB.

Most of these thefts are believed to occur in commercial and industrial premises and residential theft is thought to be not so sophisticated, principally involving crudely concealed by-pass wires.