Sunday, April 25, 2010

Orang Asli villages 'barricaded', report lodged

Selangor exco Elizabeth Wong lodged a police report early this morning at the Kuala Kubu Bahru district police station against what she claimed were attempts to bar voters from two Orang Asli villages from voting at the Hulu Selangor by-election tomorrow.

hulu selangor elizabeth wong police report orang asli village   barricadeIn her report, the Bukut Lanjan state assembly member (left, in white shirt) claimed that she had received complaints from Orang Asli friends that they were not able to enter their villages by 'gangsters' who were blocking the entrances to their settlements.

It was claimed that an individual who had tried to take a photo of the barricade was punched by one of the men blocking a village entrance.

Wong said that she had identified the two villages barricaded as Kampung Orang Asli Kirling and Kampung Orang Asli Pertak.

She added that she believes the blockade was meant to prevent the Orang Asli from going out to cast their ballots.

There have been indications that significant sections of the Orang Asli community favour Pakatan Rakyat and may vote for PKR at the polls later today.

Wong said she wants the police to dismantle the barricades immediately.

There are about 1,000 Orang Asli voters in the tight race for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat between PKR's Zaid Ibrahim and BN's P Kamalanathan.

UPDATE: Barricades removed

Wong later this morning told Malaysiakini that the barricades were removed at around 3am. She said that the police intervened after she lodged the report.

"We have witnesses to the whole incident. There was also a former journalist who was stopped, and a camera got smashed."

According to Wong, the police also detained the "gangster" who punched the visitor.

Checks by Malaysiakini at the Rasa and SMK Dato' Kamaruddin polling stations found that Orang Asli voters are coming out to vote.

Polling is from from 8am to 5pm. Results are expected by 9.30pm.


seals: LOL @ BN... this shows you are not clean and desperate .....

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