improper wiring may lead to electricity leakage
853 cases of electrical Accidents INVOLVING 425 deaths
The Energy Commission (EC)’s Director of the Electrical Safety
Regulation Department, Mohd Elmi Bin Anas said a total of 853 cases
of accident related to electrical were recorded between year 2002 up
to September 30 this year. Out of these, there were 425 death cases.
He said some of the general public are carrying out improper wiring
works at home for the sake of convenience or to save electricity
costs. However, they may not be aware that such approach may lead to
serious consequences, including possible electricity leakage or even
Avoid the use of non-conforming cables
“There are also people who use substandard cables in order to save a
small amount of cost. This may result in electricity leakage due to
unstable voltage, which is a serious threat on household safety.”
Mohd Elmi said this during the opening ceremony of EC’s Workshop on
Guidelines and Techniques of Identifying Substandard Cables and
Electronic Products today.
Those who were present included Malaysian Communications and
Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Officer Fauziah, Consultant of The
Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM) Teh Dun
Wei, as well as member of Malaysia Cable Manufacturers Association (MCMA)
Rosnizah (names transliterated).
Mohd Elmi said statistics show improper wiring works and usage of
non-conforming cables had constituted the majority of complaints the
EC received last year.
He said despite numerous advices given, a small group among the
public refused to heed advices and did things the old way. There was
nothing the EC and enforcement units could do.
“The enforcement units would immediately advise or take necessary
actions as soon as they identify improper wiring works or usage of
non-conforming cables. Regrettably, some of the people have been
committing the same mistakes.”
Illegal to use uncertified electrical appliances
Fauziah said it is illegal for the public to use electrical or
electronic products without certification. If this is discovered by
the Enforcement Unit, users could be fined at a maximum of RM100,000
under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
She said the product details and sample of any electrical or
electronic products would have to be sent to the MCMC, as well as
SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd for safety inspection prior to
selling in the market. Products which have passed inspections would
be labelled with safety labels. If they fail in the inspections, the
products would be rejected and manufacturers would have to make
amendments before sending for inspection again.
On the other hand, Fauziah mentioned that some Malaysians favour in
buying electronic products from overseas to be used back in
Malaysia. However, she reminded that according to MCMC’s
regulations, due to safety concern, electronic products purchased
overseas are only meant for personal use but not for sale openly.
Identify appropriate wiring spot for safety usage of water heater
As the reports of death incidents due to water heater electricity
leakage are occasionally heard, consultant of TEEAM, Teh Dun Wei
said such tragedies could actually be avoided with proper selection
of cable and identification of location for wiring.
He said death incidents caused by electricity leakage occur most
commonly at water heater in the bathroom. This is mainly due to
failure to install electrical circuit breaker (ECB), which prevents
events of electricity leakage from being discovered in the first
“ECB will inspect and measure leaked electricity to prevent
household tragedies. At the same time, regular inspections need to
be carried out to ensure the safety tripping mechanism is in working
Teh added that many people have neglected the installation of ECBs
on water heaters. He explained that the installation cost is not
high, but it requires professionals to install.