Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Electricity Supply In Sandakan Improved, Saidi Reduced - Ongkili

SANDAKAN, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- Electricity supply in the district has greatly improved following the reduction of the System Average Interruption Duration Index (Saidi) over the past two years.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said Saidi recorded a drop from 379 minutes in 2015 to 311 minutes last year.

"There was a reduction of 68 minutes which indicates the electricity supply in Sandakan has improved. There are another 311 minutes of Saidi that need to be reduced in the future," he told reporters after visiting the new Karamunting market, near here today.

Ongkili said his ministry had set a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to reduce Sabah's Saidi to 150 minutes in three years' time.

According to him, for this year's KPI, SESB must reduce Sabah's Saidi to 250 minutes.

Ongkili said he was confident that the target could be achieved based on the implementation of various projects to enhance electricity supply in the state including the construction of new substations and the replacement of electrical wiring to cable.

Meanwhile, Ongkili said the construction of the new Karamunting market which was opened two months ago was aimed at meeting the demand of the people in the surrounding area.

Ongkili who is also Parti Bersatu Sabah acting president said most hawkers and consumers approached by him expressed their satisfaction over the opening of the Karamunting market.

The Karamunting market provides 70 stalls for fishmongers, 25 food stalls, as well as 40 stalls for vegetable sellers.

Source: bernama.com.my