A team of 10 SESB employees had been busy changing the streetlights, including this one, at Kg Sook-Dambai, Papar, to LED (left). Work has been carried out in 13 villages, including Kg Kabang, over the past two months.
SABAH Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) has upgraded a total of 171 streetlights around Papar to those using Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) as part of a “relamping” project in the district. A spokesperson for the Papar branch of SESB said that this work was carried out between January and February by a team of 10 people with the “Unit Lampu Jalanraya Kampung” (Rural Roads Public Lighting Unit) of the firm. He said some 45 fires were maintained at Kg Benoni, 33 at Kg Takis, 22 at Kg Buang Sayang, 21 at Kg Gadong-Kimanis, five at Kelanahan Rimba, two at Kg Pangalat Besar and six each at Kg Gana, Kg Papaga Biau. , Kg Gansing-Kimanis, Kg Kabang, Kg Berudung, Kg Kelanahan-Papar and Kg Suok-Dambai.
“Our staff is ready to take care of the lights of Kg Mook, Kg Tampasak and Kg Langkuas, all in Kinarut, later this week,” he said on March 7. This action was motivated by official requests from the presidents of the “Jawatankuasa Pembangunan”. dan Keselamatan” (Security and Development Committees) for the respective villages, he said. He said SESB is phasing out these bulb lamps under its jurisdiction in the district. The spokesperson said the Unit will also check street lighting in the Kawari area later this month. “We converted about 30 of these equipment at Kg Kawari and Kg Dangalau-Kawari to those of an LED variety some time ago. “The JPKK chairman for the old village informed us recently that more than half of these lights have since failed. “Our staff will try to determine the cause of this problem before carrying out the necessary repairs.” MARCELLINA from Papar said the street lights from Jalan Mogon Biau Junction to Kg Suok-Dambai had been out of service for some time, she lamented the traffic hazards of using the road at night due to the lack of lighting on the stretch. There were bends and turns in the road where the lights either worked intermittently or were not very bright, she said. “Many of us in the village noticed that the light at the Jalan Mogon Biau junction only lights up at night when our cars are nearby.” It goes out after our vehicles have passed. This led us to wonder if the light could be operated by a sensor. Marcellina said declared I found that poor lighting on the stretch was particularly dangerous as drivers risked colliding with vehicles coming into the bend from the opposite direction. She said the illumination provided by the lights also made it easier for drivers to distinguish pedestrians or livestock crossing the road.
“I first filed a report on the street light issues with the district council. that this equipment was not maintained by the agency.” Marcellina was advised to contact the SESB, which she did. “I shared this turn of events with a friend of mine who also lives in Kg Suok-Dambai. “He told me that he too had been in contact with the company’s office in Papar about the lack of lighting on the road. “My friend was apparently made to understand that the branch had ‘run out of stock’ of some of the materials needed to take care of the lights.” The spokesperson refuted the resident’s suggestion that such equipment operated on a proximity sensor, but confirmed that at some point in January Papar’s office had indeed exhausted its supply of spare parts needed to perform the lamp post repairs. “We replenished our stock last month which enabled us to replace the faulty lights at Jalan Suok-Dambai,” he said. “Our staff also installed more lights around a junction further up the road to ensure that those unfamiliar with the area would inevitably drive through the junction at night.” Meanwhile, the town hall is evaluating the possibility of changing the lights at Jalan Kijang from the conventional bulb variety to LEDs, as some of the amenities in this part of Luyang Phase 5 tend to operate intermittently. A spokesperson for the agency’s engineering department said the switch to LEDs would be made as long as funding allowed and the existing street lighting system in the area supported the switch. “Our street lighting contractor recently took care of three lights on Housing Road,” he said. “A skymaster has been deployed to assist with the repairs that have been carried out to the bulbs and ballasts of this equipment.” He said the contractor had been asked to carry out periodic checks of the lights on the stretch to ensure they weren’t failing.
“We will continue to monitor this road until street lighting conditions are stable.” City Hall has previously expressed plans to launch a ‘green action plan’ which involved phasing out the use of bulbs in lights around its grading area. In October, the spokesperson said this renovation would begin in the state capital’s central business district, specifically lights along major and “protocol” roads. The latter included Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, according to him. “We hope to gradually replace all lamps under our maintenance with LED lamps. “Once we are done with the city center, we will move on to the other residential and commercial areas that we are in charge of.” RAY from Luyang said some of the lights at Jalan Kijang, including the one outside his house, worked intermittently. “It’s been happening for a few weeks,” he said. “There have been several break-ins in Luyang Phase 5 during this period. I fear that unscrupulous parties will take advantage of the lack of lighting along the road to commit these misdeeds. Ray hoped City Hall would double down on efforts to make sure the area was properly lit to deter those bad haters. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and/or WhatsApp channels for the latest news you don’t want to miss.
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