Power outages in Malaysia

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Several major power outages have occurred in the country of Malaysia.

1992 blackout[edit]

On 29 September 1992, Malaysia suffered a long and total power blackout caused by lightning striking a transmission facility and causing a rolling failure in the transmission and distribution system.[1] According to Tan Sri Ani Arope in his memory book, the incident was actually planned and executed by YTL, an IPP company just to prove that how Malaysia really needs an IPP company.

1996 blackout[edit]

A widespread power outage in Peninsular Malaysia began at 17:17 on 3 August 1996. The states of Peninsular Malaysia – including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya, Johor, Melaka, and Negeri Sembilan – lost power for several hours.

A transmission line near Sultan Ismail Power Station in Paka, Terengganu tripped at 5:17pm causing all power stations in Peninsular Malaysia to collapse resulting in a massive power failure. Supply was back to normal by 11pm.[2]

The weekend power outage was the third in the past four years, and the worst since In the wake of that capacity-related stumble, the government moved to allow five independent power producers to enter the electricity-generation business. After this blackout, utility giant Tenaga Nasional's stock fell considerably.[3]

2003 blackout[edit]

The southern Peninsular Malaysia electricity blackout crisis affected the southern part of Peninsular Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca and Johor due to a power failure. The 5 states (including Kuala Lumpur) had been affected for 5 hours from 10.00 am local time (02:00 UTC) to 3.00 pm (07:00 UTC) on September 4, costing industries $13.8 million [1]

2005 blackout[edit]

The northern Peninsular Malaysia blackout crisis was a power outage in Malaysia in 2005 where many states of Malaysia's northern peninsular, including Perak, Penang, Kedah, and Perlis had no electricity owing to a fault of the main cable transmission line grid near Serendah, Selangor.[4]

2013 blackouts[edit]

On June 27, 2013, another severe blackout was reported during peak hour ~5.36pm at Sarawak which is claimed to be originated from Bakun Dam causing a trip for the rest of the generators across the grid resulting of severe traffic congestion in the major cities.

In July 2013 several power outages also occurred in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

On July 31, 2013 Puchong encountered a power outage from around 8 PM.[5] During the Puchong power outage of July 31, 2013 A TNB spokesman said

"Our men are on the ground to rectify the situation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused"


  1. ^ Privatizing Electric Power in Malaysia and Thailand, doi:10.1002/pad.267
  2. ^ "Major blackouts in Malaysia". Archived from the original on 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  3. ^ Appell, Douglas (1996-08-06). "HEARD IN ASIA Weekend Blackout Spells Trouble for Tenaga Power". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2009-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Power outage may affect Tenaga's bid for tariff rise". Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. January 15, 2005. 
  5. ^ TNB taking steps to rectify Puchong power outage-New Straits Times