‘TNB’s meter readers prevented from working during MCO’

Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) meter reading and rendering of electricity bills, which were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, only resumed on May 15, once the situation was brought under control. - NSTP/NIK ABDULLAH NIK OMARTenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) meter reading and rendering of electricity bills, which were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, only resumed on May 15, once the situation was brought under control. – NSTP/NIK ABDULLAH NIK OMAR

PUTRAJAYA: Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) meter reading and rendering of electricity bills, which were disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, only resumed on May 15, once the situation was brought under control.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said this when asked to explain why TNB did not conduct meter reading and bill rendering throughout the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

“The decision by TNB (to only resume meter reading and bill rendering after May 15) was made on the advice of the National Security Council and taking into consideration the safety of the people,” he told reporters here today.

Among those present at the special press conference were Energy Commission chief executive officer Abdul Razib Dawood, TNB chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid and the national utility company’s chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan.

Amir Hamzah said although public utilities are categorised as ‘essential services’ and were allowed to operate during the MCO, the work of conducting meter readings to generate electricity bills did not fall under the same category.

“TNB complied with the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government to break the transmission chain of Covid-19 during the MCO.

“During the MCO period, TNB’s essential service was only to ensure the stability of our system, and that there would be no disruption in the supply of electricity for the people.

“Meter reading does not fall under the essential services category. Hence, we did not allow meter readers to work throughout the MCO period.

“During the first few days after we resumed meter reading, some consumers had reprimanded our meter readers and told them that they did not belong under essential services,” he added.

by Adib PoveraDawn Chan.

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