Malaysia: Court rejects loggers’ bid to dismantle Orang Asli blockade

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    Malaysiakini.com | 17 January 2017

    In a victory for the Orang Asli of Gua Musang, the Magistrates Court there today quashed a logging company’s bid to dismantle the Orang Asli anti-logging blockade.

    “The court rejected the company’s application in claiming that they have a right to occupy (the land).

    “The court agrees that the Orang Asli are the righful occupiers, meaning that they are in control of the area.

    “The company failed to prove that by virtue of their permit or licence, they (the company) are the occupier there,” said lawyer Siti Kasim who represented the Orang Asli community.

    The firm, Jajaran Wawasan Enterprise filed an application under Section 99 of the Criminal Procedure Code in respect of the land in Pos Balar.

    In separate blockades last year, the Orang Asli community in Pos Tohoi and Pos Gob also set up blockades to stop logging, but the structures were dismantled by the Forestry Department and more than a dozen were arrested.

    The community have since rebuilt their blockades.

    Siti said the victory today set a precedent for other disputes pertaining to Orang Asli land rights.

    In fact, the Orang Asli of Gua Musang will now use Section 99 to file a court case against the logging firms, she said.

    Most of the logging firms blocked by the Orang Asli community have permits from the state.

    “The court now recognises the Orang Asli have the right to control the area, not to allow any outsiders to go in without their agreement, especially if the outsiders are going to cause disputes.

    “The rule of the court is to ensure no violence will happen from the disputes,” she said.

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    Mahkamah tolak permohonan robohkan sekatan Orang Asli

    Show Ying Xin Malaysiakini.com | 17 Jan 2017

    Mahkamah Majistret Gua Musang hari ini membatalkan permohonan sebuah syarikat pembalakan untuk meruntuhkan sekatan anti-pembalakan yang didirikan oleh Orang Asli di kawasan penempatan mereka.

    Menurut peguam Siti Kasim yang mewakili masyarakat Orang Asli itu, mahkamah memutuskan bahawa mereka mempunyai hak untuk menduduki tanah berkenaan.

    “Mahkamah bersetuju bahawa Orang Asli adalah penduduk yang sah, ini bermaksud mereka berkuasa di kawasan itu.

    “Syarikat itu gagal membuktikan bahawa mengikut kuasa permit atau lesen yang diberikan, mereka (syarikat) adalah pemilik tanah itu,” kata Siti Kasim.

    Syarikat Jajaran Wawasan Enterprise memfailkan permohonan di bawah Seksyen 99 Kanun Prosedur Jenayah berhubung tanah di Pos Balar dan mendakwa masyarakat Orang Asli di Gua Musang mendirikan sekatan yang menghalang aktiviti pembalakan mereka.

    Siti berkata, kemenangan hari ini akan menjadi satu ‘precedent’ untuk kes lain yang berkaitan pertikaian hak tanah Orang Asli.

    Malah, katanya, masyarakat Orang Asli di Gua Musang kini akan menggunakan Seksyen 99 untuk memfailkan kes mahkamah terhadap syarikat pembalakan berkenaan.

    Kebanyakan aktiviti pembalakan yang disekat oleh masyarakat Orang Asli mempunyai permit yang dikeluarkan oleh kerajaan negeri Kelantan.

    Source: COAC