TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Man lives 10 years without electricity in West Jakarta

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 4, 2019   /   08:45 pm
Man lives 10 years without electricity in West Jakarta A man in Taman Sari, West Jakarta, claims to have lived without electricity for 10 years. (Shutterstock/junpinzon)

A man in Taman Sari, West Jakarta, claims he has lived without electricity for the past 10 years. Electricity firm PLN cut electricity to his house as he could not pay his bill.

“It’s been a long time. Around 10 years ago my house lost electricity. I didn’t have the money, so they cut it,” said Kudus, 55, on Saturday as quoted by kompas.com

Kudus said light only arrived during the day when the sun reached his small plywood hut.

Kudus, who earns his money as scavenger, said he had no steady income with which to purchase electricity. 

The house also lacks a proper toilet. For showering and washing his clothes, he uses a nearby public toilet.

Kalianyar subdistrict head, Daniel Azka, said the authorities had provided subsidized electricity to Kudus’ house but that Kudus himself had cut the electricity off.

“He does not like if there are lamps [in his house]. We installed it, but he cut it off,” Daniel said on Monday.

Kudus’ brother, Suwanda, confirmed the subdistrict head’s statement.

“There is no electricity, but that’s how my brother likes it,” Suwanda said.

“Don’t give a bad name to the area because of my brother,” he said. (gis)