Why were activists and farmers bloodied and arrested while defending their land?

Activist Chong Yee Shan was pushed to the ground - PSM

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On 24 October a Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) activist, Chong Yee Shan, was left with a bloodied face after being shoved by an officer from the Perak land and mines office at a farm in Kanthan in the town of Tambun in Perak.

This can be seen on videos released by PSM. On top of that, PSM chairperson Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, a couple of other PSM activists and a farmer, Ho Pon Tien, were arrested. This was after the farmers and activists attempted to stop the officers who went to the location with bulldozers and excavators to evict six farmers.

But who are the Kanthan farmers? And what exactly are they fighting for? BFM speaks to Dr Jeyakumar.

Produced and presented by: Dashran Yohan

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AGENDA RAKYAT - Lima perkara utama
  1. Tegakkan maruah serta kualiti kehidupan rakyat
  2. Galakkan pembangunan saksama, lestari serta tangani krisis alam sekitar
  3. Raikan kerencaman dan keterangkuman
  4. Selamatkan demokrasi dan angkatkan keluhuran undang-undang
  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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