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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     September  29,  2016  

DST launches second CDM for prepaid electricity

DST the day before yesterday launched its second Prepaid Electric Instant Vending via Cash Deposit Machine (CDM) at its branch in Tutong, extending its channels for payment of prepaid electricity in Brunei.

Juliana Sim, General Manager of DSTIncomm, the telco’s retail subsidiary, said that the introduction of its second CDM is part of the telco’s efforts to expand the network to purchase POWERKad, the prepaid electricity token of which DSTIncomm is an exclusive distributor of.

“People still prefer to use cash to pay for prepaid electricity so the CDM is an addition to the other different ways which includes via mobile phone,” she said following an event to launch the machine.

Sim said that members of the public have responded well to the first CDM at DST’s branch in Tanjung Bunut launched eary this month.

Hj Sabtu Hj Shahminan (pic), finance officer at the Department of Electrical Services (DES), said that the CDM at DST Tutong is the fourth one in the country following the other machines at DST Tanjung Bunut, DES headquarters at the Old Aiport Road and DES in Seria.

He said that the machines help provide convenience to members of the public that want another outlet to buy electricity. The machines are operational daily.

Present to launch the CDM was Pg Jamra Weira Pg Hj Petra, Director of the DES at the Prime Minister’s Office. Also present was DST CEO Suhaimi Hussain and other senior officials from the telco.

Purchase of the electricity tokens can also be made through DST’s Premium SMS 8885555 service in denominations of $5, $6, $10 and $20 for DST EASI users, as well as online through in denominations ranging from $6 to $400.

Users can send an email to or call DSTCare 151 for more information on the prepaid electricity token.

Prepaid electricity meters were introduced in 2011 to help the government collect overdue bills from users.

During the 12th Legislative Council session in March 2016, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Ministers’ Office YB Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar, said that overdue electricity bills stood at $167 million.

Out of this amount, $124 million is owed by residential users while commercial users have $43 million in unpaid electricity bills.

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