Friday 10 August 2007

Family Members Dead ! All Because of Delay in Paying Electricity Bills to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)

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Quote: Read here in The Star (July 14, 2007)

"Tenaga Nasional Berhad, which announced RECORD 3rd quarter profits (175%) recently.

Tenaga Nasional Bhd's (TNB) net profit for its third quarter ended May 31 soared 175%, versus a year earlier, on higher tariff rates and improved margins.

It also benefited from a stronger ringgit, which brought down payments of foreign currency debt of the utility company.

For the three months in review, TNB posted earnings of RM1.09bil on revenue of RM5.91bil. That compares with a net profit of RM395mil on a turnover of RM5.02bil in the year-earlier quarter.

The company declared a second interim dividend of 10 sen a share, less tax, payable at a date to be announced later. " Read here for more

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Kasmuri Jasman, 44, a tile factory worker at Malaysian Mosaic , died with his wife, Sufiah Abdul Karim, 41 and three children, Hishamuddin, 13, Nizammuddin 9, and daughter Nurul Macella, 8.

Another daughter, Nurul Farhana, 15, managed to escape from the burning house and so were the occupants of the adjoining house, senior citizens identified as Azila and Saiman, and a child.

Their house at Kampung Tengah near Kluang, Johore, was burnt down after it caught fire from burning candles.

Kasmuri had delayed settling the home electricity bills as he needed the money for his three other children who were studying at the local universities.

Kasmuri's children studying at the universities are Salahuddin, in his 20s, who is at Kolej Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (Kuittho), Faizah Nor, also in her 20s, at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Juliana, 19, a matriculation student at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).

Kasmuri's neighbour, Jamliah Othman, told reporters:

"The Kasmuri family had been using candles to lit their home for the past five nights after Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) cut the electricity supply to their house when they did not pay the bill".
Jamliah Othman, in her 60s, said Kasmuri's wife, Sufiah Abdul Karim, told her about it a few days ago.

Fearing the danger candles posed to the family, Jamliah said she called the Kluang Fire and Rescue station three days ago to inform the matter.

She believed that strong winds early today had caused the candle to fall while the family was asleep and engulfed the semi-detached wooden house.

A spokesman from the Fire and Rescue Department said the department was investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, another neighbour, Zainita Ali, 27, said the three children could have escaped the fiery death had they not returned into the burning house to help their parents.

"Hishammuddin, Izamuddin and Nurul Macella were already at the front door, but they went into the burning house again after seeing their parents collapsed," she added.

Nurul Farhana, a Form Three student Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Jalil is still in a trauma.

Meanwhile, Kasmuri's brother-in-law, Sudirman Abdul Karim, 45, who was met at the Kluang Hospital mortuary, said the victims would be buried at the Belahan Tampuk Muslim cemetery in Rengit, Batu Pahat later today.


  • From The Aisehman: Read here for more
  • ".... Well it gets even more disgusting and nauseating to read that while the wolves fight over the bloody carcass, some people have to pay the ultimate price to try and secure their survival and their future.

    It seems Kasmuri made about RM1,800 a month, which evidently was not enough to see his family through.

    RM900 minimum wage? You know what the government thinks of that.

    What’s worse is that these people had to struggle and die in this way, while the government thinks nothing of spending millions, even billions, on things that are of dubious benefit to the rakyat at large.

    What was that again: “
    We are not in the business of cheating the people“?

    It breaks my heart. It really does .

  • From Iskandar Amin: Read here for more
    ".. Sedih dan pilu dihati apabila melihat berita tadi apbila kes 5 sekeluarga maut akibat daripada kebakaran yang tidak sepatutnya berlaku. Mereka menggunakan lilin akibat daripada tindakan TNB memotong bekalan elektrik.

    Jika inilah hasil penswastaan elektrik, saya rasa TNB harus dimiliknegarakan semula. Terbukti bahawa penswastaan hanya menguntungkan sesetangah pihak. Sedangkan rakyat tidak mendapat apa-apa keuntungan malahan ada yang terbunuh kerana kerakusan kaum pemodal mengaut keuntungan.

    Perdana Menteri dan menantu kesayangannya harus menjawab isu ini.
  • From "Rocky Bru": Read here for more, "TNB Washes its Hands"
    "We followed procedure".

    We've read the tragic story of the poor in the papers: factory worker Kasmuri Jasman, his wife and three kids aged between 8 and 13 died in a pre-dawn fire in Kluang, Johor.

    The fire was believed to have been caused by candlelight. The family had to resort to candles after Tenaga Nasional Berhad, which announced record 3rd quarter profits recently, had cut the electricity supply to their home.

    Kasmuri could not afford to pay his electricity bills and that caused him his so dearly.
    This morning TNB issued a
    press statement to say that it had given sufficient notice to Kasmuri before disconnecting his electricity supply.

    I am not blaming TNB for the tragedy. Nobody should blame the TNB for the deaths. But you get the feeling of great injustice all the same.

    Kasmuri was not a rich man. I can only hope that TNB would care for Kasmuri's other kids and find the heart to be more caring in future. A more understanding TNB may save lives.
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