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Jakarta Post

Koi fanciers to sue PLN over dead fish after blackout

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 7, 2019   /   01:57 pm
Koi fanciers to sue PLN over dead fish after blackout The Selamat Datang Monument is pictured as building around use generators during an electricity outage in Jakarta on Aug. 4, (AFP/Adek Berry)

A commissioner for the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), Choirul Anam, will sue state-owned electricity firm PLN after his beloved koi fish died due to the massive blackout on Sunday.

He said a koi fancier community also wanted to sue PLN for their dead fish.

"I have a small pond, 2 by 1 square meters wide, filled with koi fish. All of the koi died," he said on Monday as quoted by

Komnas HAM also demanded PLN give compensation to the people who felt disadvantaged by the massive blackout. The blackout lasted for hours in Jakarta, Banten and some areas of Central Java and West Java.

Anam also said PLN had to be transparent in explaining to consumers why the massive blackout occurred, as well as the best emergency practices if the same incident should happen again.

"This incident should be evaluated and the public must get the explanation on why it happened. Second, [PLN should] plan better so this incident does not happen again. Third, if this incident occurred because of negligence, this should be taken to court, not only be given administrative sanctions," he said.

Meanwhile, several foundations are providing services for PLN customers who wish to sue the firm, including the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta), Indonesia Canada Friendship Foundation (Yappika), Indonesia Consumer Community, Jakarta Citizen Forum (FAKTA), and The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI).

"This is our moment to improve public service in Indonesia," YLBHI director Arif Maulana said on Monday. "This is our right as the citizens to demand compensation." (gis)