MACC probes Orang Asli Gua Musang logging complaints


GUA MUSANG: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has received two complaints from Orang Asli residents on irregularities in logging activities in Gua Musang.

Kelantan MACC director, Moh Samsuddin Yusof said investigations on the first complaint lodged on Sept 28 was completed while that of another received recently was still ongoing.

“On the recent complaint, an investigation paper has been opened to probe the matter,” he told reporters after opening an MACC programme with Orang Asli leaders in Kampung Jias C, Kuala Betis here, today.

The programme was officiated by Nenggiri state asemblyman, Mat Yusoff Ab Ghani and attended by MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil.

On Oct 3, the Kelantan state government issued an order to stop logging activities in the Balah Permanent Forest Reserve (HSK), Gua Musang, after more than 200 Orang Asli residents blocked the timber lorry track in Kampung Petei on Sept 26.

The group also called for a stop to all logging in Balah HSK near their living areas after allegations that the activities had damaged the environment and caused a depletion of the forest that affected their livelihood.

Meanwhile, Shamshun Baharin said the programme held nationwide was aimed at reaching out to the people including Orang Asli, regarding bribe prevention and the importance of cooperating with the MACC.

“Whatever information related to corruption should be channeled to the MACC for us to investigate,” he said.

He said through this programme, members of the public could also provide information by making complaints on corruption.

The one-day programme was attended by about 500 residents from seven Orang Asli villages around Gua Musang.

Other agencies involved in the programme were the Public Complaints Bureau, Kelantan Land and Mines office, Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Malaysian Timber Industry Board, the police, Gua Musang District Council office and the Kelantan Information office.