KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 ― A total of 47 Orang Asli activists have been remanded as authorities investigate their involvement in a blockade at a Gua Musang forest reserve in Kelantan.
According to BH Online, 17 of the activists were given three-day remand orders, while the others were remanded for two days.
The report said that magistrate Mohd Faiz Omar has granted the remand orders at the Magistrate Court in Gua Musang.
The Orang Asli group, aged between 18 to 40 were arrested after authorities destroyed their blockade at Simpang Petir yesterday that was set up since September 26 by over 200 Orang Asli to prevent timber from being taken out of the Balah Forest Reserve at Gua Musang.
The news report also said that the Kelantan Forestry Department had made the remand application under Section 32, Section 47 and Section 81 of the Forest (Amendment) Enactment 1984 for allegedly trespassing and staying in a forest reserve without permission.
Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob has since denied that the Kelantan state government was involved in the arrest of Orang Asli at a two-month-old blockade in Gua Musang, Kelantan.
National news agency Bernama cited Kelantan police chief Datuk Dr Ab Rahman Ismail saying that those nabbed yesterday were not under arrest, but only detained so their statements could be recorded.
The state government reportedly issued a directive on October 3 to halt logging in the Balah Forest Reserve.