By Irdina Zainudin
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 July 2022: A sudden blackout hit parts of Peninsular Malaysia, which according to TNB, involved 2.2 GW which makes up 10% of the peninsula’s electricity demand.
The blackout that happened on 12:39 PM on 27 July 2022 (Wednesday) involved some areas in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Pahang, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, and Penang.
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) released a statement that mentioned that areas like Petaling Jaya, Cheras, Bangi, Bayan Lepas, Seberang Jaya, Panchor and Bandar Indera Mahkota were affected by the blackout. However, electricity was restored after 20 to 40 minutes except for the areas in the Klang Valley.
The affected citizens raised the matter on the internet, especially on Twitter under the hashtag #Blackout as they vented their frustration regarding the blackout. A few Twitter users also shared videos and pictures of blackouts in places like KLCC and Sunway Pyramid.
IIUM student, Ziana said she was at her friend’s house at Hulu Langat while waiting for her friend when the blackout suddenly happened.
“Suddenly, my friend’s mom texted us saying that she had to take her younger sibling home early since the school also had no electricity,” she said in the interview with IIUMToday.
She also said that her friend’s sibling’s co-curriculum activity, which was supposed to be held later that evening, had to be cancelled due to the blackout.
At 3:02 PM on the same day of the blackout, TNB released a statement that the electricity of all affected areas had been fully restored.
They also stated in the statement that the cause of the blackout was due to the damage of one of the equipments at the Pencawang Masuk Utama (PMU) Yong Peng North in Yong Peng, Johor.***