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Who’s to blame for blackout fiasco?

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /  08:53 am
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A man sits inside his shop with a candle and emergency lamp during blackout in Jakarta, Monday. The north circuit points in Unggaran-Pemalang transmission line was disrupted on Sunday, causing major blackout in Greater Jakarta and several cities in Java on Sunday for eight straight hours, followed by rolling blackouts for more than one day.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

A sense of frustration shone through as Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan answered questions on social media: Who bears the responsibility for the recent massive blackout in cities of Java? “Just sue PLN,” Jonan wrote in the reply column of his Instagram account @ignasius.jonan, referring to the state-owned electricity provider in a response to @munirbiyzantium, who had demanded that PLN proactively notify consumers and provide clarity and information in the event of future blackouts. Jonan went further by saying: “Just ask PLN and the [SOE] minister, who is responsible for the [company]. We are the regulator that oversees and monitors the operator,” in response to Instagram user @lukman.saputra31, one of many replies he posted that day. Jonan’s frustration was shared by 21.3 million people affected by the power outage that hit Gr...