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Major blackout affects millions in Java. Lawsuits are now piling up against PLN

  • Rizki Fachriansyah and Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 9, 2019   /  09:00 am
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Darkness falls: Residences in Jakarta are seen in total darkness on Sunday. Electricity transmission disruptions caused a major blackout for several hours in Greater Jakarta and parts of West and Central Java on Sunday.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

The massive blackout that hit the western part of Java on Sunday has taken its toll on millions of affected customers, many of whom complained over how the hours-long power outage had disrupted their lives. While many citizens decided to let their frustration go after the power returned to normal, some members of the public have taken their anger to another level as they decided to sue state electricity firm PLN. Groups of affected citizens have filed a lawsuit against PLN with the South Jakarta District Court, criticizing the firm for its substandard services and demanding that PLN provide compensation for the loss they suffered during the power outage. South Jakarta residents Ariyo Bimo and Petrus Bello submitted their lawsuits to the court on Thursday, demanding compensation from PLN as the blackout had led to the death of their beloved koi fish. David Tobing, a lawyer who...