Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) had incurred losses estimated RM5 million in 2008 involvinng 500 reported cases of cable theft.

General Manages of TM High Speed Broadband (HSBB) Transformation and Development Operation, Mahzan Moin said cable theft had serious implications on the country reputation in term of it efficiency in security and protection of assets.

Mahzan said Sarawak ranked fifth in the country pertaining to cable theft cases recorded in 2008. Perak were top of the list followed by Selangor, Johor and Kedah and these states accounted for 80 percent of cable theft cases in the country.

TM Regional Network Operation Sarawak Assistant General Manager, Aman Sarifudin said the number of cases reported in 2008 had slightly declined from 2007.

Aman proposed several ways to remedy the problems including intensifying the frequency of police patrol in areas that are prone to thievery and close monitoring of scrap metal dealers activities by relevant the agencies.

He said unlike in peninsula, there is no law being enacted in Sarawak to charge scrap metal collectors from involved in buying stolen scarp metals.

On their part TM was considering installation of alarm system in certain areas that are prone to theft.

*Clarence Ting (Eastern Times) contribute to this article and edited by Bintulu.Org.