Asian Editors Circle

Jakarta blackout shines light on disparity

JAKARTA • The Sunday blackout on Aug 4 in Greater Jakarta and parts of West Java was said to be the worst in many years.

Family and friends' gatherings were still cheerful but hot, as houses lost their air-conditioning; the new pride of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and that of Jakartans, the MRT, seemed to blush in shame as the backup power, it turned out, was for the stations and not ready yet for the train itself - from which passengers had to be evacuated.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 11, 2019, with the headline 'Jakarta blackout shines light on disparity'. Subscribe