Metal thieves blacked out almost the entire state of Sabah on Monday – for a take of merely RM40.

This is hilarious as petty thieves, believe it or not, caused the blackout in Sabah as they removed steel pieces as quoted in my article on TheStar, meaning that the thieves stole the nuts and bolts off a 132kV transmission tower that led to its collapse, triggering a major power blackout lasting nearly six hours from 6.41pm and affecting 300,000 consumers.

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd managing director Bahrain Din told a press conference yesterday that 20 pieces of steel holding the tower at Suang Parai area here had been removed.

“They could probably get about RM40 in scrap value but they caused huge losses and inconvenience to the people of Sabah,” Bahrain said adding that the tower cost RM400,000 to build. Economic losses caused by the six-hour blackout would be even bigger.

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