VP Jusuf Kalla Recalls Feeling Lonely during Java Blackout



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla recalled his experience going through the massive Java Island blackout that lasted for hours on Sunday, August 4, and cherished on how valuable electricity is to modern life.

    “Electricity is critical for us all, not just as a means of powering light sources,” said the vice president today, August 6, at his office in Central Jakarta.

    Kalla was at his house in South Jakarta as the power outage happened with communication networks unable to function properly he said he felt somewhat lonesome.

    “The air conditioning did not function. There was no way to find out [why it happened] since the TV is obviously not working, as was the phone. It really felt like sudden lonesome had hit,” he recalled.

    The VP then explained that the massive outage was mainly caused by the Java-Bali electrical supply in the North route that cut power supply from the East to West.

    Jusuf Kalla said PLN tried to shift the electrical supply via South route which was too huge that it caused a system error as it entered this line. “It was like a domino effect,” he said.