PETALING JAYA: At least 18 orang asli have been arrested at Simpang Petir in Gua Musang where they had set up a blockade to protest against logging activities in the Balah forest reserve.
Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim said they were taken to the police headquarters in Gua Musang.
They are Azmi Badul, Ayel Ajib, Majid Along, Yusmab Andok, Alang Along, Arif Pandak, Angah Tegau, Radi Uda and Manglo Tegau from the Temiar group. Jamil Gabon, Johari Alang, Saharom Mohamad, Bahari Angah, Ismadi Adek, Malik Along and Rais Sudin were among those arrested later.
More arrests are expected.
Siti Kasim said the orang asli would be taking legal action over the arrest.
Earlier in the day, police and Forestry Department officers had moved into the area to dismantle the blockade set up by about 200 orang asli.