600 Orang Asli erect more logging blockades in Kelantan

Source: Malaysiakini

PEKA's 4 x 4 mission to stop logging at Kg. Betis, Kelantan on 28th and 29th October 2016. Pic taken from PEKA Malaysia's Facebook Page.

PEKA’s 4 x 4 mission to stop logging at Kg. Betis, Kelantan on 28th and 29th October 2016. Pic taken from PEKA Malaysia’s Facebook Page.

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

Bersih’s Maria Chin released on police bail

Source: NST Online

Maria Chin, second from left, talking to a police inspector, right, just before her arrest Saturday. Pic taken from Borneo Today.

Maria Chin, second from left, talking to a police inspector, right, just before her arrest Saturday. Pic taken from Borneo Today.

KOTA MARUDU: Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has been released on police bail, more than two hours after she was detained here today.

District police chief Superintendent Mohd Izaan Abdullah said Maria was earlier arrested under the Section 11 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

“She was arrested at 1.45pm at Langkon town here (for distributing leaflets on Bersih 5 rally).

“She was brought to Kota Marudu police station and released at 4.15pm after investigation has completed,” he said in a statement.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Maria was arrested because she had handed out the leaflets without including the name and address of the printer and publisher as required under Section 11 of the PPPA. Read more