As a result of restrictions imposed on lorries transporting logs out from the Balah Permanent Forest Reserve (HSK) at Kampung Petei, Pos Bering since Sept 26, more than 600 Orang Asli from six villages at Pos Bihai have also put up blockades in protest against logging activities.
The Orang Asli community’s protest came after claiming that the Kelantan government allowed logging activities to be carried out on 150 hectares of the land since several weeks ago.
Kelantan Orang Asli Village Network secretary Mustafa Along said they gave the state a grace period of one week to hold negotiations with their community or face the consequence of blockades being set up as was done in Kampung Petei.
“We are not against logging but the government must ensure that it is done in a sustainable manner,” he told reporters at the barricade at Kampung Sungai Peralong, Gua Musang.
Also present was Association for the Protection of Natural Heritage of Malaysia (Peka) president Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil.
Commenting further, Mustafa said today marked the sixth day of the barrier set up by the Orang Asli community whose lives had been affected by the logging activities within the district. Read more