When a funny article deemed not funny by TNB

I read with amazement Rocky’s latest article here.

A few government machinery had taken the trouble to mobilise a charge in the sessions court over a satire? The satire was so harmless, it boggles the mind as to why TNB would want to proceed with the charges.

The said blogger, Hassan Skodeng, apologised soon after TNB made some noise over it.

I couldn’t get the original post in http://www.nose4news.wordpress.com so I took the liberty to paste the entire article from Rocky’s website. It can be read below:

By Hassan Skodeng
TNB to sue WWF over Earth Hour

KUALA LUMPUR — Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s premier energy provider today announced that they were taking legal action against the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) for organising the Earth Hour, a global movement that makes a stand against climate change by turning off all non-essential lights and electrical equipment for an hour every year.

In a Press conference, TNB president and CEO Dato’ Sri Che Khalib Mohd Noh said that the annual worldwide symbolic gesture, which this year would be observed this Saturday at 8.30pm, is nothing more than an ‘arrogant and thoughtless viral movement’ aimed to hurt power companies such as TNB.

CHE KHALIB: These people are inconsiderate. “Obviously these green-minded fellows think they’re really cute, organising such an irresponsible campaign,” said Che Khalib angrily. “They say ‘turn off your lights for an hour’ and people do. I bet that really makes them feel all powerful.

“What these western colonialists fail to grasp is how such drastic action affects the poor companies like us. One hour of unused electricity means an hour of wastage for TNB. Did you know that last year’s Earth Hour costed us millions in unrealised revenue?” asked Che Khalib, seething.

“How do you think that affected our production? We couldn’t exactly turn off our power plants just because a large number of Malaysians turn off their lights at the same time. So imagine all that wasted energy.

“This year, we expect even more people to fall for this global con-job,” added Che Khalib.

“So there’ll be more lights turned off. KL alone would be engulfed in darkness. Yes, sure, it may seem fun to some, running around in complete darkness. But that also means TNB would get less money. Tell me, what am I supposed to say to the kids of this electrical technician when we can’t give bonus this year?” asked Che Khalib, as he pointed to a TNB staff manning the lights for the Press conference.

He added, “In light of such inconsiderate actions by these tree huggers, TNB has no choice but to take legal action against the Earth Hour organisers, WWF. We’ll wait for our accountants to come back with the loss figure after this year’s Earth Hour, and we plan to sue them for that same amount. We may even add a hundred million ringgit or so, to teach them a lesson.”

Che Khalib also reminded Malaysians to ignore the Earth Hour, calling it a ‘cultural invasion, a concerted assault by extreme liberal forces aimed to destabilise poorer nations’.

“We are Malaysians, and we should be proud of our lights. Every night we should go out and see the beautiful sparkling lights in our city skylines. Don’t be ashamed of the lights,” said Che Khalib, as he unveiled a set of pictures showing the Petronas Twin Towers and the surrounding buildings consequently going dark during last year’s Earth Hour.

God knows how many people tripped over things and hurt themselves in the complete darkness, not to mention the number of bad people going around doing naughty things, knowing the authorities could not see them.

“Let’s reverse the order of these pictures this year, and fight for the rights to our lights,” continued Che Khalib. “Let’s unite as 1Malaysia, and tell these green terrorists that we will not go dark! We will not switch off! Let’s tell them that we love our lights!

“POWERRR… EXTREME!” he screamed, as powerful clusters of foglamps flooded the conference room with ultra-bright and hot light, temporarily blinding everyone present, and signalling the end of the Press conference.

DISCLAIMER from JMD: This article is intended as a joke. Get a life please.

Is the above an offending article? I find it quite funny.

So what now for the future of blogs and satires in Malaysia?


15 thoughts on “When a funny article deemed not funny by TNB

  1. That racist Muar chinaboy hamun staff TNB tak berdecit pun TNB. Harmless satire macam ni nak bawak ke mahkamah. The powers-that-be di TNB tu ada pakai otak ka?


  2. When I first read the Hasan Skodeng at Rocky’s Bru 2 Page, I thought all of it was a joke, including Khalib’s intention to charge. I read it again because I was not so sure of what I read on Khlaib’s intention. Finally, I dismissed and took it as a joke, the entire of it.

    Not until the issue was highlighted again days later that I come to know that the Khalib’s one was not really a joke.

    All I have to say is that, why not namewee?

    So now people know, what “material” they have over there in TNB, despite reporting “breaking record” profits practically every financial year eversince Khalib’s took over. What is interesting behind the so seem to be “prosperous TNB”, is that, TNB turns out to be “Haji terlalu amat bakhil” towards their own employees. Many perks that they enjoyed before has been taken away, and long time TNB/LLN’s properties were being sold one by one by Khalib’s administration.

    Sepatutnya, lagi kaya lagi generous toward own men. Ini tidak, lagi kedekut! Something is not right somewhere.

    Here’s another one of TNB by CTS

    So things like THIS can become a crime in Malaysia next?


  3. JMD,

    I think it was not the satire itself, but rather hundreds of comments following the satire article which seemed to mistake the satire for a real happening, so they whacked and criticised TNB left-and-right.



    That phrase alone is enough to convince any numbnuts that it was a joke. Tulah. Baca harakah lagi. Kan dah tak tau nak beza mana fact and mana fiction.


  5. Goes to show no one is safe from big brother…

    I cannot fathom how the AG would sanction such persecution!!! Too much free time for the DPPs is it?

    I can only hope something good turns out of this utter travesty of justice. Keep us posted JMD.


    JMD : Next trial date is 24th November. Rocky is looking at this closely. Can be read here. Thank you for the comment.


  6. Dear JMD,

    I must agree that the “offensive” post pales as compared to Namewee’s video. If it is the comments in the post were imflamatory to deserve being brought to book, just google negara ku youtube. See comments accompanying the video by said delinquent or videos related to same said delinquent. And all he got was a Ronnie Liu sentence?

    What the heck is going on?

    In this day an age whither Datuk Lat.

    Its like a page out of an Unker Harry episode, the old fart in Singapore.

    Looks like I have to look over my shoulder every time I blog.

    I want to comment so more tetapi sudah takut.

    Where does the the decision to charge come from? The AG office and by extension the Home Ministry?

    Watch your back and best regards


  7. Hoh bila TNB ada lebih tenaga ajak kita guna letrik. Ada kah itu de beri percuma oleh TNB ? Kalau bil letrik tinggi siapa kena bayar kami juga. So apa salah kalau sedunia jimat letrik pada masa earth day untik sato jam. Macham mana Kahlib nak sue WWF, bila. Lama dahulu TNB senderi promote jimat tenaga bila ia tidak cukup membekalkan untuk semua penguna. Sekarang nak minta kita guna lebih cukup cukup. Apa macham punya orang ini. 1 Malaysia


  8. I know the blogger personally. He is bright, talented and has a wonderful sense of non malicious humor. He wrote it in a moment of boredom in a personal blog. which has a HUGE disclaimer on top that says that what he writes is all in jest. His tagline is THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE.cos it’s definitely not here.
    Readers started copy pasting the “article” without the disclaimer and the powers that be came down on him. For anyone out there willing to help legally pls stand up to the plate and declare yourself.

    If he is found guilty then we might as well jail Lat, Jit Murad, Harith Iskandar and the guy who imitates Samy Vellu…


  9. This Khalib is the leftovers mentality of Pak Lah…in fact many more KJ & NMY’s 4th Floor GLC lost making goons are still around.

    The issue is Pak Lah is long gone, KJ is being cold-storaged till end of time (KJ pretending not to know) yet why is DS Najib taking too long to remove the under-performed jokers, but too quick to terminate the real performers like Hassan Merican.

    Why is liability “robbers” like NMY, the saliva-splitting SChik, Amirsham (wtf) still around, is so mind boggling.

    I am begining to lean more towards Perkasa (for melayu rights). Not racist maa, coz Chinese has Suqui, Indian has Hindraf.


  10. Hah…what can you expect from the CEO of the year who not only manage to win the award whilst at the same time loose money in the business the company is a monopoly. Ego tak boleh tahan kena kutuk lah babe..

    Totally agree with kiasu that there is too much baggage like NMY, Amirsham, SChik, AweAdek etc for DSN to ever be effective which wud bring to your questions…..DSN balls is being held in somebody hands…gerak sikit je……mesti kena squeeze punya….. Itulah bila ada jerangkung dalam gerobok…..

    Keturunan Jebat


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