Crackdown on Orang Asli blockade, activists arrested

Zulaikha Zulkifli & Alyaa Alhadjri

29 Nov 2016, 7:36 am

Updated 3 years ago


Police have arrested at least 41 Orang Asli activists in the crackdown on the community's anti-logging blockade in the interiors of Gua Musang, Kelantan.

Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (Jkoak) representative Jamali Ayau said those arrested have been taken to a school near Pos Petei.

When contacted, Gua Musang police confirmed the crackdown but could not say the total number arrested.

Lawyer Siti Kasim, who represents some of the blockade activists, said 18 have been arrested so far.

Jamali herself was later arrested by cops with 13 others, according to Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (Jkoasm) coordinator Tijah Yok Chopil.

Later, another nine Orang Asli was arrested, bringing the total arrests to 41.