A six-hour power failure across Sarawak caused chaos and plunged more than two million people into darkness.
The electricity outage hit on Saturday evening, darkening cities and towns across the state and causing massive traffic jams as signals failed.
Perhaps, we may take a moment off and travel way back to August 3rd, 1996 where we had a much more notable Peninsular Malaysia power outage crisis where the whole of Peninsular Malaysia plunged into total darkness, momentarily taking our country off the surface of the Earth till the breaking of dawn spared us from our misery.
But what came after that incident was something that aroused my suspicion that the power outage incident was more like an act of sabotage by those in power with their well-hatched plan. Right after that incident, there was this sudden emergence of independent power producers where they were given lopsided contracts by our national utility corporation, namely Tenaga. History tells us that Tenaga was only made public few years earlier. A power outage could only justify the need to have those IPPs then and hence, it Happened!! What is visible till today is the fact that all these IPPs continue to enjoy sizable profits at the expense of Tenaga. And who actually own these IPP companies...
Interestingly, with recent announcement by certain quarters on the need to have a nuclear power plant and further need to build 12 dams, I can only hope that this recent power outage in Sarawak has nothing to do with these announcements.
Let us wait and see for what follows after last Saturday incident.