Cops take statements from 3 Orang Asli in Gerik over blockade

Enforcement officers remove a blockade put up by Orang Asli at Kampung Tasik Cunex in Gerik, Perak, in May. (Facebook pic)

IPOH: Three Orang Asli had their statements taken by police today in connection with a blockade put up on Thursday to prevent logging activities on a 42ha site at Kampung Papan, Gerik.

The three men, who have not been arrested, were taken to the Gerik police station after loggers lodged a police report about a wooden blockade put up to prevent access to the area.

Perak police chief Razarudin Husain said the three Orang Asli were believed to have incited others to put up the blockade.

Razarudin said that the logging activities were believed to have been approved by the state government and had begun a year ago.

He said the three were allowed to return home after giving their statements, adding that the matter would be discussed with the Orang Asli community by the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa).