Penahanan Orang Asli di Gua Musang satu bentuk penyalahgunaan kuasa serius

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The loss of Orang Asli in Kelantan through aggressive logging and deforestation is an example of how human dignity is shredded. - Photograph: Bernama pic/Malay Mail

Bersih 2.0 mengutuk dengan sekeras-kerasnya penahanan dan intimidasi ke atas aktivis Orang Asli yang membina sekatan di Gua Musang dalam mempertahankan tanah adat mereka daripada dimusnahkan dengan lebih teruk. (English version below)

Jabatan Perhutanan Kelantan dikatakan mempunyai pakatan sulit dengan syarikat pembalak secara serius telah melampaui batas dengan tindakan yang diambil ke atas aktivis Orang Asli. Penahanan dan intimidasi merupakan tindakan punitif ke atas aktivis kerana mempertahankan tanah yang sememangnya adalah milik mereka.

Orang Asli tidak boleh dan tidak sepatutnya dihukum kerana menggunakan hak mereka untuk berbeza pendapat dan menyatakan kemarahan dan penolakan ke atas aktiviti pembalakan yang tidak dipantau yang semakin menjejaskan hak mereka ke atas kehidupan.

Cara hidup Orang Asli bersangkut rapat dengan tanah adat mereka, dan kemusnahan hutan merupakan satu serangan langsung ke atas kewujudan mereka. Seluruh kehidupan mereka sudahpun terjejas dengan teruk – bekalan air sudah tercemar dan binatang liar berkeliaran sehingga menganggu perkampungan mereka kerana pembalakan yang berleluasa. Rumah mereka, adat dan identiti budaya sedang diancam kepupusan.

Dengan ketamakan yang melangkaui batas kemanusiaan, pihak berkuasa dengan niat memusnahkan hutan beserta Orang Asli dan memaparkan rasa tidak hormat dan angkuh dalam hal ini.

Bukan sahaja sekatan di Pos Petei dan Pos Bihai dimusnahkan tetapi juga pondok-pondok yang dibina oleh aktivis juga diruntuhkan yang dikira sebagai tidak perlu dan merupakan satu bentuk perbuatan yang berniat jahat dan sebagai satu intimidasi kepada aktivis Orang Asli. Empat puluh tujuh aktivis telah ditahan pada 29 Novembe manakala tujuh lagi telah ditahan di Pos Pasik semalam.

Bersih 2.0 ingin mengingatkan kerajaan Kelantan bahawa mereka mempunyai tanggungjawab untuk menghormati dan mempertahankan hak Orang Asli.

Penahanan dan kemusnahan sekatan untuk memaksa penduduk keluar dari rumah mereka merupakan satu tindakan yang tidak wajar. Kerajaan negeri perlu bertanggungjawab keatas tindakan mereka dan menghentikan segala aktiviti pembalakan yang memberi impak kepada kehidupan Orang Asli.

Bersih 2.0 juga meminta pihak berkuasa untuk menghentikan segala bentuk intimidasi ke atas aktivis Orang Asli dan menghormati hak mereka untuk membantah. Kami juga menyeru orang awam dan seluruh rakyat Malaysia untuk bersama-sama bersolidariti dengan Orang Asli dan perjuangan ke atas tanah adat mereka.

Kepelbagaian di negera kita merupakan sesuatu yang perlu diraikan bukan dipijak-pijak.

Ahli jawatankuasa pemandu Bersih 2.0

Orang Asli arrests at Gua Musang a shocking abuse of power, serious breach of human and land rights

Bersih 2.0 strongly condemns the arrests and continued harassment and intimidation of Orang Asli activists for constructing blockades at Gua Musang to defend their ancestral land from further destruction and pillage.

The Kelantan Forestry Department, allegedly in collusion with unscrupulous logging companies, have seriously overstepped their powers by taking action against the Orang Asli activists. The arrests, harassment, and intimidation are punitive actions taken against the activists for protecting land that rightfully belongs to them.

The Orang Asli should not and must not be punished for exercising their right to dissent by expressing their anger and rejection against rampant logging that is threatening their fundamental right to life.

The Orang Asli’s way of life is closely linked to their customary land, and deforestation is a direct attack on their existence. Their livelihood is already adversely affected – their water supplies are contaminated and wild animals are being driven into their villages as a result of rampant logging. Their home, traditions, and cultural identity are under serious threat of being wiped out.

With greed taking over humanity, the authorities are intent on the wholesale destruction of the forests and the Orang Asli with them, displaying shocking disrespect and arrogance in the matter.

Not only were the blockades at Pos Petei and Pos Bihai destroyed, but the huts built by the activists were also torn down – a completely unnecessary and malicious move to no doubt intimidate the Orang Asli activists. Forty seven Temiar activists were arrested on 29 November. Seven more were arrested at Pos Pasik yesterday.

Bersih 2.0 would like to remind the Kelantan government that they have an obligation to respect and protect the rights of the Orang Asli. The arrests and destruction of the blockades are a completely unjustifiable move to drive citizens out of their homes. The state government must take responsibility for pulling this outrageous stunt and immediately cease all logging activities that have an impact on the lives of the Orang Asli.

Bersih 2.0 also demands that the authorities stop harassing the Orang Asli activists and respect their right to dissent. We call upon civil society and all Malaysians to stand in solidarity with the Orang Asli and their fight to keep their customary lands. Our country’s diversity is something to be celebrated, not stamped out.

Bersih 2.0 steering committee members

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