28 Jun – Last evening at 5.40pm, residents of Sarawak experienced a massive power outrage throughout the state, which was said to be caused by the Bakun hydroelectric plant – the Bakun Dam – which in turn, affected moviegoers.
Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), who operates in two locations in Sarawak, which are GSC Bintang Megamall in Miri and GSC CityOne in Kuching, had to refund moviegoers who were watching movies when the statewide blackout happened. As for those whose movies have yet to be screened, they were told to obtain their refund upon their arrival at the cineplex at the respective box office counters.
When asked if the moviegoers raised any complaints, a source from GSC replied, "Thankfully, no. Our customers were very understanding about the situation as it was not solely our fault. Our crew was also prepared for this, so when our customers showed up for their movies during the blackout, they were directed to the box office counters to obtain their refund."
However, only GSC Bintang Megamall in Miri was severely affected as the blackout there lasted for four to five hours while in Kuching, the blackout only lasted for 30 minutes.
The statewide blackout happened when afternoon school sessions had just ended and government offices and private offices were closing, resulting in huge numbers of people trapped in the ensuing rush to get home and massive gridlocks at traffic junctions.