C4 kutuk ‘taktik kekerasan’ penahanan Orang Asli

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Sumber: FMT News

Pertubuhan C4 menyelar kerajaan negeri Kelantan kerana menangkap Orang Asli di Guan Musang hanya kerana masyarakat itu mempertahankan tanah adat mereka. Gambar FMT News.

Pertubuhan C4 menyelar kerajaan negeri Kelantan kerana menangkap Orang Asli di Guan Musang hanya kerana masyarakat itu mempertahankan tanah adat mereka. Gambar FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: NGO Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center) mengutuk tindakan pihak berkuasa yang menahan 40 pemimpin Orang Asli yang mempertahankan sekatan di tanah adat mereka di Simpang Petei berhampiran Pos Gob, Betau Cawas dekat Pos Bihai dan Kelawong di Pos Pasik.

Pengarah C4 Cynthia Gabriel berkata Timbalan Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah sebelum ini sendiri berjanji akan ke tempat sekatan itu bagi berbincang lanjut isu berkenaan dengan masyarakat Orang Asli.

Namun, perjumpaan itu tidak pernah diadakan dan pihak berkuasa menggunakan “taktik kekerasan” dalam menangani bantahan masyarakat Orang Asli itu.

Dalam satu kenyataan dikeluarkan hari ini, Gabriel berkata C4 bekerjasama rapat dengan masyarakat itu dan berusaha membawa pegawai ke Gua Musang untuk mendengar rintihan Orang Asli.

Katanya, mereka berjanji untuk menjalankan tadbir urus yang baik dan melindungi hak masyarakat miskin dan terpinggir serta bersama mencari cara menyelesaikan perkara itu dengan baik.

“Janji itu rosak semalam apabila Jabatan Perhutanan Kelantan dan polis menghantar kira-kira 100 pegawai dengan senjata api untuk memecahkan sekatan balak di situ,” katanya.

Katanya, menteri besar Kelantan sebelum ini berkata hasil hutan penyumbang utama negeri sebanyak RM172.96 juta atau 29.12%.

Dalam sidang DUN sebelum ini, Kelantan mewartakan kawasan hutan baru bagi pembalakan dengan jangkaan hasil RM539.8 juta dalam bajet 2016 negeri.

Kelantan mempunyai 3,331 pekerja dalam industri balak di negeri itu. Ia merekodkan 887,666 meter persegi dalam pengeluaran balak pada tahun itu, kedua selepas Pahang.

“Jadi, ia amat membimbangkan apabila Kelantan memilih untuk jadi agresif, mengutamakan keuntungan berbanding rakyat dan berkasar dengan Orang Asli, yang ‘jenayahnya’ hanya kerana melindungi tanah dan rumah mereka selama ratusan tahun.

“Kami kutuk penahanan itu. Menyasarkan mereka seperti penjenayah tegar membawa tanda hitam terhadap kerajaan negeri Kelantan, yang meletakkan Islam sebagai prinsip utama.

“Ke mana hilangnya nilai itu apabila berdepan masalah pembalakan tidak terkawal di negeri itu?,” katanya.

Gabriel juga mendesak Orang Asli berkenaan dibebaskan serta-merta dan dialog terus diadakan untuk mencari penyelesaian terbaik kepada masalah itu.

 


C4 condemns “strong arm tactics” in arrests of Orang Asli

Source: FMT News

 The Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism lashes out at Kelantan state government for using ‘strongarm tactics’ against Orang Asli in Gua Musang who were only protecting their native land.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center) has expressed concern over the arrests of 40 Orang Asli leaders who defended the blockades into their native customary lands of Simpang Petei near Pos Gob, Betau Cawas near Pos Bihai and Kelawong di Pos Pasik.

Describing the authorities’s action as “strong arm tactics”, C4 director Cynthia Gabriel said this action was taken despite Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah promising he will personally head to the blockade to discuss the issue further with the Orang Asli Community.

That meeting, however, never took place.

In a statement issued today, Gabriel said C4 had worked with these communities closely and made efforts to bring officals to Gua Musang and hear the concerns of the Orang Asli.

There were pledges to uphold good governance and protect the rights of these poor and marginalised people, and together find peaceful ways out of the impasse, she said.

“These lofty promises were broken yesterday, as the Kelantan Forestry Department and police sent approximately 100 officers with firearms to break down the three logging blockades,” Gabriel said.

She pointed out that the Kelantan menteri besar had said forest revenue is the biggest contributor with a total of RM172.96 million, or 29.12 per cent of the entire state revenue. The state had endorsed in its last sitting new forest areas to be logged and estimated a revenue of RM539.8mil in its 2016 budget.

Kelantan has 3,331 workers in timber industries in the state. It recorded 887,666 cubic metres in log production that year, second only to Pahang.

“So it is deeply troubling to know that Kelantan has chosen to be aggressive, to priotise profits before people and to rough up the Orang Asli this way, whose only “crime” is to protect their land and their homes in which they have lived for hundreds of years.

“We condemn the arrests . Targetting them like brutal criminals is a black mark for the Kelantan state government, who espouses Islam as its core principles in governance. Where do these values go when it comes to unbridled logging in the state?” she said.

Gabriel also demanded the Orang Asli be released immediately and that dialogue and conversations continue to find an amicable solution to the problem.