For Immediate Release
9th August 2016
Arrests of Taman Cheras Hartamas Residents
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the arrest of residents who tried to halt the construction of high voltage pylons surrounding their residential areas.
Tenaga National Berhad (TNB) disregarded the welfare of the local population when they failed to conduct proper consultation and discussion with local residents on the construction of high voltage pylons in close proximity with residential houses. With no clear studies conducted on the long term health impact of high voltage pylons in such proxmity and lack of initiative in exploring alternative made it necessary for residents to peacefully protest and halt the project pending government intervention.
With the absence of any visible alternative, residents of Taman Cheras Hartamas had united to stand against the project and took measures to stop the project pending possible state intervention and court injunction. Despite the peaceful nature of the measures adopted, 5 residents and the Executive Director of SUARAM were arrested on the morning of 9th August 2016.
SUARAM demand for the police to immediate release all those detained and for TNB to immediately halt the project and conduct proper dialogues with the residents on the matter. SUARAM also call on the state government of Selangor to intervene on the matter and ensure that the welfare of the people is taken care of!
Residents arrested includes:
- Lam Guan Loong
- Yim Ah Ming
- Yap Ah Tai
- Long Chef Chew
- Tan Teck Chye