Thursday, August 16, 2007

Kelantan Hoteliers see red over power outages

THE Kelantan chapter of the Malaysian Hoteliers Association is unhappy over four power outages since May in several parts of the state.

Hitting out at Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for the power failures between 3pm and 5pm, its president N. Subramaniam said it had affected power distribution to the hotels.

“Despite various complaints, the problem still persists,” he told a press conference.

He said he was made to understand that TNB was facing an acute shortage of transformers in the area.

TNB needed to be cautious in power supply as this was Visit Malaysia 2007, he said.

“Some of our customers have demanded a refund when their rooms did not have electricity,” Subramaniam said.

He said not all hotels in Kelantan had the funds to install a back-up generator to deal with the outages.

“Some hotels have to scrap events due to the problem,” he said.

To make matters worse, two wooden chalets in Kota Baru caught fire when a power re-supply caused a short circuit, he said.

A state TNB spokesman said they would investigate the claims made by the association.

Source : STAR
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