Member of Parliament for West St. Andrew, Anthony Hylton, says a class-action lawsuit should be pursued against the Jamaica Public Service, JPS, as Opposition MPs raise concern alleging the company is disconnecting legitimate customers due to electricity theft in their communities.

Mr. Hylton says the light and power company cannot be allowed to penalize customers collectively with those who connect to the grid illegally.

Mr. Hylton was addressing the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon.

The matter was previously raised by South Eastern St Andrew, MP, Julian Robinson who called the practice unjust.

They were joined by Opposition Leader, Mark Golding, who said the alleged actions by JPS would have serious social ramifications.

While not addressing the matter directly, Energy Minister Daryl Vaz noting the concerns of the Opposition says he does not have the authority under the current legislation to easily influence matters relating to the Office of Utilities Regulation.

However, he says the Electricity Act currently under review can be used to address several of the issues raised.

Daryl Vaz, Minister of Science Energy, and Technology.

He was speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday.