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Orang Asli ready to sacrifice their lives in blockade battle this Sunday

Shakira Buang  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Orang Asli villagers from Pos Balah, Gua Musang are expecting a clash with authorities this Sunday following the Kelantan Forestry Department's notice to break up their anti-logging blockade at the Balah Forest Reserve.

Speaking at a Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) press conference, blockade representative Kamal Alek said about 200 of his family and friends are "ready to sacrifice their lives" to ensure no encroachment in the forest.

He said the residents feel this is their last resort following the increase of logging near their village, as calls for dialogue and memoranda sent have not been heeded.

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