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Labuan blackout mars Chap Goh Mei
Published on: Sunday, February 25, 2024
By: Sohan Das
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Labuan blackout mars Chap Goh Mei
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LABUAN: It was an inauspicious start of the auspicious and important “Chap Goh Mei” (the15th day of the lunar month) for a number of Chinese families here as their preparations for the occasion were tossed into disarray due to blackout hitting several zones as early as 6.30am.

Chap Goh Mei is a big day particularly for the Hokkien community and widely celebrated. It is also known as lantern festival and the Chinese version of Valentines Day. 

On Chap Goh Mei, many Chinese pay their respects to the God of Prosperity and ask for continued good fortune. The day is marked by prayers, meals and other culture-related activities. SESB, in notifying the power interruptions at 10 localities, mostly on the outskirts, said efforts were made to restore supplies.

In some areas, power was restored by about 11am. According to a resident at Kian Yap, the power was not restored even after seven hours. Another said his freezer was defrosted. Labuan is noted for unstable power supply and many complaints have been made by both politicians and Chambers of Commerce. 

Under the Madani 2024 Budget, RM300 million had been allocated to address the problem with a new power plant to boost the operational capacity of SESB.

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