The 3 persons arrested by police at the blockade yesterday have just been released-according to local organiser. This was expected as the land encroachment issue is a potentially explosive issue which the power that be would definitely not like to see it extend anymore. Earlier there was an attempt to persuade the villagers involved to take some ex-gratia payment in exchange for allowing the Petronas contractor to get on with their work. But this was turned down by the villagers’ committee who rightly see this as a ploy to delay any recognition of their land rights claim.
More updates later.