Serdang MCA Public and Services Complaints Bureau chairman Allan Liew Sin Kim said about half of the metal covers of lampposts in Taman Megah, Cheras, are missing leaving the wiring system exposed.
Liew, who is an electrical contractor, said the thieves usually stole the covers to sell as scrap metal.
He said mice might also chew on the exposed rubber insulators covering the wires.
“The wires will then be exposed and cause a short-circuit if they come into contact with the metal casing of the lampposts.
Liew was highlighting the dangers posed by missing covering of streetlights in Taman Megah.
“Streetlights with metal structures belong to the local councils while concrete ones are the responsibility of Tenaga Nasional (TNB). The TNB streetlights do not have metal casings,” he said.
Liew said TNB and local councils only check if the streetlights were faulty.
Last Saturday, a 10-year-old boy was electrocuted when he fell and touched an exposed high-voltage wire on a lamppost at a playground near his house in Shah Alam.
Liew urged the Selangor government, TNB and all local councils to check all lampposts to prevent another untoward incident.
“It is best to replace wires which are more than 10 years old.
“The relevant authorities should ensure that the earthing system (which disconnects power supply in case of an insulation fault) is functioning, and strengthen the protection on the metal covers,” he said.
Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) corporate communications head Shariman Mohd Nor said the electrical department would start replacing the missing parts of streelights soon.
“This is an act of vandalism. The missing parts on the lampposts as well as road barriers are often stolen and sold as scrap metal.
“Some copper items inside the streetlights were also taken along with the metal covers. We have local contractors to rectify the problem,” he said.
Shariman added that the department would find vendors to supply substitutes to the metal covers.
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