Power back in Johor Baru after six-hour blackout

A traffic light at a junction at Jalan Tebrau in Johor Baru that stopped working after a major power outage in the city area on Sept 6, 2018.
A traffic light at a junction at Jalan Tebrau in Johor Baru that stopped working after a major power outage in the city area on Sept 6, 2018.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Electrical power was restored to all of Johor Baru at 7.40pm yesterday, more than six hours after a massive blackout caused frustrating traffic snarls as many traffic lights stopped working at major road junctions.

The power failure in the Johor state capital started just after 1pm, and was caused by a fault at a substation in the city.

Video clips posted on social media showed darkened malls and stationary escalators during the blackout.

Power was also cut off on the Malaysian side of the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex, Sultanah Aminah Hospital and transport hub JB Sentral.

Backup generators kicked in later at the CIQ and most commercial buildings.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 07, 2018, with the headline 'Power back in JB after six-hour blackout'. Print Edition | Subscribe