Its general manager Abdul Rashid Che Osman said 144 cases were detected from January to March this year, mostly in rural areas such as Bachok, Rantau Panjang, Pasir Puteh and Machang.

Kelantan is the sixth highest state after Kedah, Perlis, Perak, Johor and Selangor in cable theft cases.

Abdul Rashid said TM would take a week to restore power for consumers affected by the theft.

He blamed the thefts on the demand for copper which would be melted and sold to syndicates.

Find out how TM intends to tackle the problem at TheStar.com.my