Orang Asli protect their lifeblood with blockades

Sheridan Mahavera

The Temiar tribe have been fighting deforestation in Kelantan since 2012, and their blockades are regularly torn down by the authorities. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Najjua Zulkefli, March 10, 2018.

MUSTAFA Along was offered RM200,000 to get his tribe to lift a blockade to prevent logging in the rainforest of Gua Musang.

But Mustafa would not sell out, not even for RM1 million as the Ulu Kelantan jungle is a lifeline to his people – it is their supermarket, medicine chest, water supply plant, and temple.

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