There was a power interruption in Likas which started around 4.15 in the afternoon. By 6 something I was feeling a little concerned, so I called Sabah Electricity Sendirian Berhad’s (SESB) hotline number, or what I thought it was: 15454. The lady said need to call 088-282249. When I called that number, another lady said need to call 088-515000. The guy at the other end said there’s a problem (fire?) at a substation (?) near Giant Kolombong, and power “should be up soon”.
While waiting for the power to be back, I watched the screen on crimson mounts, and pondered that it would’ve been prudent for SESB to have a One Stop phone line, i.e. no need to pass me around. And they should’ve also put up information on outages lasting longer than 2 hours at their website or FB page (both none).
By 6.30pm it became apparent that there’s something wrong with our building’s electricity supply – ours was the only building in the neighbourhood without power. I called SESB again immediately – at that time I wasn’t sure if it was our substation or the building itself having issues.
To SESB’s credit, they came back to me within the hour, and power was restored by 7.30pm.
While waiting for them, I had time to do 3km run around the stadium’s lake before dashing back to doublecheck on the Yellow Monster, which is my term of endearment for the generator.
When I finally reached home at 8.30pm, I had to dash out again to purchase my daughter’s stationeries.
Dinner and shower was definitely later than normal that day.