Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It’s seditious, Selangor royal council says of ex-Malacca CM’s comment on crown prince

It’s seditious, Selangor royal council says of ex-Malacca CM’s comment on crown prince

Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik is in hot water for sharing a Facebook posting about the alleged conversion of the Selangor crown prince into Christianity. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 30, 2015.

Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik's Facebook posting that the Selangor crown prince allegedly converted to Christianity is seditious in nature, said the Selangor Royal Council.
Despite Rahim's repeated apology to the palace for his faux pas, council secretary Hanafisah Jais said the former Malacca chief minister's irresponsible claim had elements of slander.
"After reading the statement issued by Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik, the Selangor royal council feels and summarises that the statement is seditious in nature and has elements of slander which can cause hatred among the Muslims towards the crown prince and the Sultan of Selangor," Hanafisah said in a statement today.
According to The Star Online, Rahim apologised three times over his posting in the last four days.
He had admitted that the source of his claim was from an unsubstantiated website.
"I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and distress it may have caused DYMM Sultan of Selangor, DYTM Raja Muda Selangor and the Selangor Palace,” he wrote on his Facebook page two days ago.
Hanafisah said Rahim's actions were done deliberately with dishonest intention to question the faith of the crown prince as a Muslim.
She said as a result of Rahim's posting, there were many responses and comments by the public, especially among Muslims who showed that they were angry and upset with the crown prince and the Selangor sultan.
"The council regrets that Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik did not at all take any steps to verify the authenticity of any postings made by external portals before making his views.
"It is very easy for him to conduct checks to ensure the authenticity of the news if he is really responsible.
"Moreover, the posting went viral last year and the Inspector-General of Police denied it last year after a police report was lodged by the palace," she said.
She also ticked off Rahim for making a statement that the Selangor ruler will allegedly meet with the Pope in the Vatican city, saying that it was a lie and slander which should not have been made by a former chief minister and deputy minister.
In telling the retired politician to immediately stop spreading false news and lies, Hanafisah said Rahim's statement needed to be countered to prevent the spread of such lies and slander. – September 30, 2015
Well the last he escaped CHILD RAPE under Mahahtir, let us see if he will escape the SEDITION charge

Why isn’t Malaysia doing anything to arrest annual haze dilemma despite sitting in Asean chair?

Why isn’t Malaysia doing anything to arrest annual haze dilemma despite sitting in Asean chair? 

Motorists wearing mask on a hazy day at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, September 14, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy MayMotorists wearing mask on a hazy day at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, September 14, 2015. — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 — As sitting chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this year, the perception is that Malaysia should be able to flex its muscle and pressure Indonesia to resolve the growing spate of open burning that is choking its neighbours.
But regional analysts contacted by Malay Mail Online said the reality is different, citing the Asean practice of non-interference.
They believe that the most Malaysia can do right now would be to push for more regular meetings with other Southeast Asian countries on the haze problem, and look towards other organisations like the European Union (EU) and how they address matters involving transboundary pollution.
"Actually, there is not much Malaysia can do as chair. Indonesia has just recently continued to delay the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Malaysia and Indonesia to cooperate over haze matters.
“This shows that Malaysia in the Chair's seat does not actually change any of the relationship dynamic of the two countries over the haze… however, whether more pressure can be placed on Indonesia during the meetings, this is unlikely," Dr Helena Varkkey, senior lecturer at Universiti Malaya's Department of International and Strategic Studies told Malay Mail Online in an email interview.
"The original tenets of Asean still stand — non-interference above all. Even with Indonesia ratifying the legally-binding Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze in 2014, nothing much has actually changed because the agreement does not come with any enforcement or punishment mechanisms," she explained.
Helena also pointed out that several companies implicated so far in haze-producing fires in Indonesia were Malaysian companies, saying that the government should "lead by example" by coming down on the owners of these companies first.
The academic said that Malaysia and Asean could learn from the how the EU managed its own acid rain problem in Europe- where it ratified legally binding conventions to manage the issue, which came along with enforcement mechanisms.
"Asean has gone far from their early days, as now they have legally binding agreements, but Asean still needs to go one step further to also have the mechanisms in place to ensure that ratifying states bear real responsibility to enforce their commitments," she said.
Dr Ooi Kee Beng, deputy director of the Singapore-based Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) Yusof Ishak Institute said that the haze issue revealed a weakness on the part of the Indonesian central government's ability to address the matter as well as Asean's weakness.
"The basic truth about Asean is that it is the collective expression of the agendas of ten countries, the domestic politics of many of which are in a divisive phase. The haze reveals the weakness of the Indonesian central government; and this is directly reflected as an Asean weakness.
"What Asean’s member states rely on are each other’s understanding of each their feeble situation domestically and globally, exerting pressure on each other is therefore a difficult thing to do, for fear of generating unwanted responses," he told Malay Mail Online in an email interview.
Ooi said Singapore's recent action in issuing preventive measure notices on four Indonesian companies deemed responsible for the latest bout of haze seems to be the "international legal limit."
"What Malaysia as chair can do is to highlight the issue, and offer region-wide – and not only Malaysian – assistance. The situation is so bad today that it may be time for Asean as an organisation to show that it has ability – or at least the ambition – to handle controversial and sensitive issues in a mature fashion.
The analyst was doubtful that Malaysia would be able to use the year-end's Asean Economic Committee to confront Indonesia over the haze issue.
William Case, a professor at the Southeast Asia Research Center of the City University of Hong Kong said that the Indonesia was taking steps to prevent the open burning of forests, but it lacked the "institutional and technical capacity" to fully do so.
"Seasonal conditions, livelihood issues, and economic interests are all much stronger, foiling the government’s efforts at every turn. Meanwhile, the costs in environmental, health, and political terms are enormous," he told Malay Mail Online in an email interview.
Many parts of Malaysia along its west coast and Borneo state of Sarawak has been shrouded in haze for several weeks after large open burning were reported in Indonesia, prompting its government as well as the Singaporean government to take legal action against the some eight plantation companies responsible for the blaze, Bloomberg reported this week.
Indonesia is investigating 100 companies but has so far frozen or revoked licenses for four plantation companies, Bloomberg reported, adding that the government will also investigate Singaporean and Malaysian companies there.
Haze levels plunged to “very unhealthy” levels on Sunday as Shah Alam recorded a reading of 281 on the Air Pollutant Index (API) while Port Klang hit the 252 mark.
Air conditions improved slightly yesterday, moving down the scale to just “unhealthy” in most areas across the peninsula, though 30 spots in the central states recorded “moderate” readings on the API.
Balok Baru in Pahang had an API reading of 143 while two Malaccan towns Bukit Rambai and Bandaraya Melaka were in the 130 range; Pasir Gudang and Larkin Lama in the southern state of Johor bordering Singapore also fell in the same “unhealthy” category as at 11pm last night.
The coastal Selangor town of Banting was the only place in the central region to have a reading beyond 100. Batu Muda in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Port Klang, Petaling Jaya and Shah Alam all dropped below the 100-mark following short spells of rain earlier in the evening.
If it so difficult to get Indonesia to prevent annual large scale open burning and if they are unwilling to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between Malaysia and Indonesia to cooperate over haze matters, then get Indonesia out of the Asean community or disband or dismantle ASEAN - let each nation be on its OWN!

Guan Eng tells minister to quit over ‘Malaysians prefer slower Internet’ claim

Guan Eng tells minister to quit over 

‘Malaysians prefer slower

 Internet’ claim

On Monday, Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak had claimed that although higher broadband speeds are available, most customers subscribe to the slower and cheaper packages. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

GEORGE TOWN, Sept 30 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today that Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak should be transferred to a slower-paced role, after the latter reportedly said Malaysians prefer slower Internet speeds.
Lim asked the minister to explain his remarks, saying it made no sense to him that Malaysians would want to ensure slower Internet, even when factoring in the issue of costs.
“How is it possible that Malaysians do not want higher Internet speed? This proves that he is not suitable to be a minister holding the communications and multimedia portfolio,” Lim told a press conference at his office today.
He was referring to Salleh’s comment on Monday that 71 per cent of Malaysian Internet users choose to pay less for the slower Streamyx broadband package with speeds of between 384kbps and 1mbps.
In his remarks, the minister had also claimed that although higher broadband speeds are available, most customers subscribe to the slower and cheaper packages.
He also said that the minimum Internet speed can be increased to 5mbps but this means only those who can afford to pay higher rates will be able to afford the higher speed package.
“How can it be true that people prefer snail pace to a cheetah speed or that people prefers the bullocks cart to a car,” Lim asked today.
He said Malaysia is already falling behind many other nations in terms of Internet speed and should be looking to improving this.
Lim pointed out that even former international trade and industry minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz had questioned Salleh Said’s claim.
In a Facebook posting, Rafidah had asked how Putrajaya had obtained the figures claiming 71 per cent Malaysian Internet users preferred slower internet speed.
Even when looked at the cost factor, Lim said when speeds are increased from 384kbps to 4mbps or 5mbps, it should not mean that costs would increase by four or five times.
“People will still be willing to pay for higher Internet speed,” he said.
Seems like gross stupidity.
Malaysian Internet users like myself DO NOT prefer slower internet speed, but becuse of the high costs for fast internet speeds, we have no choice but go for cheaper
slower internet speed. How stupid can a Minister be??? LGE is right  - he Salleh should not hold this portfolio as he is not well versed, but then again a lot of cabinet ministers are also the SAME!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Penans call for change in how they are treated

Penans call for change in how they are treated

 | September 29, 2015
SAM tells the Sarawak government to explain its failure to protect indigenous communities' interests.
PETALING JAYA: The environmental group Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has demanded that the Sarawak government explain its alleged failure to protect the interests of indigenous communities and how it intends to provide them with “stronger” land rights.
penan-land-ridhts-book“Despite the many statements of the Sarawak State Government, the reality on the ground for affected communities has remained the same,” SAM ground officer Jok Jau Evong said at a press conference today to celebrate the publication of a book that compiles articles released over the years by SAM and Penan community organisations on the grievances of the Penans.
The publication comes 13 years after the Sarawak Penan Association released the Long Sayan Declaration, which was signed by more than 40 Penan community leaders. It called for a halt in all logging operations on Penan territories, the gazetting of the territories into Communal Forest Reserves and the provision of accessible healthcare, education, quality housing, power and clean water supply as well as agricultural training and support to the community.
Jok Jau, a musician renowned in Borneo, said the indigenous tribes, especially the Penans, were still facing great challenges in accessing basic facilities such as electricity and clean water.
He asked: “After three decades of numerous promises, what exactly has the Sarawak State Government done to ensure the security of their customary land rights and the lifting of their standard of living?
“We would like our friends in the peninsula to take the initiative to call on the Sarawak State Government to make a change to the lives of our indigenous people.”
Long Hot, a Penan community leader, told reporters the Penans were not disposed to opposing the government, but wanted a change in the way they were treated.
“We practically live in the forest,” he said. “We have a connection with the forest based on our traditions and culture. It is unfair for the government to say that we have no right to our own land. We have been there for a long time, since the very beginning.”
Yes, if Malays have rights, these indigenous people have even more rights as they have there much, much longer than anyone. Let the international community, local NGOs and foreign ones help protect their rights, land rights, etc. by voicing for them as they have very limited funds and resources.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Asean a toothless bloc

Asean a toothless bloc, says Klang MP

 | September 28, 2015
Charles Santiago slams the regional organisation for failure to solve the haze problem.

charles-santiago-aseanPETALING JAYA: Klang MP Charles Santiago has denounced Asean as “toothless” for its failure to solve the haze problem plaguing Malaysians and Singaporeans.
“This is a severe environmental and health crisis and Asean is unable to address the issue, but merely paying lip service,” he said in an interview with FMT. “It’s proving to be a toothless regional bloc.”
He said the Asean Haze Transboundary declaration had not been effective in curbing forest fires in Indonesia.
“It has become a health, environmental and economic problem in Singapore and Malaysia,” he added.
Santiago said he was also not satisfied with the way the Malaysian government was releasing Air Pollution Index (API) information, saying the index should be announced on an hourly basis, like in Singapore, and the measurement should be against PM2.5 instead of PM10.
“PM2.5 particles could have severe health consequences, including cancer,” he said. “Children and the elderly are especially affected.”
He said the public should demand that the government pay their bills for treatment of ailments caused by the haze.
He also said he agreed with Singapore’s move to file a suit against the government of Indonesia and called on Putrajaya to follow in the republic’s footsteps.
“Yes, legal action should be taken against companies and governments who are complicit in the haze nightmare,” he said.
Asean is a failure - if a member state cannot even prevent health damaging haze or rather SMOG from causing such health and economic sufferings to neighbouring countries, then better end the ASEAN pact and each nation stand alone!
Indonesia really is nation without standards - since the downfall of Suharto till this day HAZE or SMOG have been our yearly staple  diet - unhealthy one! WHY can't they prosecute these offenders once for ALL, is there corruption? involved. Their Parliament should enact laws that prohibit land clearing by open burning and not only that, that each plantation or owner MUST be responsible for their property - whether any FIRE is started by anyone, THEY must put it out or face SEVERE FINES and prosecution. Then and only then will these irresponsible people understand that THEY have NO RIGHT to harm MILLIONS of HUMAN and even animal health, not to mention the economic LOSSES incurred.
The Indonesian president should now start sacking officials (whether corrupt or inept).   

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

TENGKU ADNAN should issue Mahathir a show cause letter NOW!


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Please lah, PAS. At least retain whatever extremely little dignity you still have and leave. Stop grovelling at the feet of PKR and Pakatan Rakyat. Even if you have to die, die with some dignity and not like a pariah dog.
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Umno slaps Saifuddin with show cause letter for attending opposition function
(The Malaysian Insider) – Hours after attending the launch of the new opposition coalition, Pakatan Harapan, Umno man Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah was issued a show cause letter by his party.
Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who earlier said the party will initiate an investigation against Saifuddin, has confirmed that the letter has been sent to the Global Movement of Moderates CEO this afternoon.
He said Saifuddin has 14 days to respond to the letter.
What the fook is wrong with Tengku Adnan? Just a few hours after Saifuddin Abdullah attends an opposition function and he gets slapped with a show cause letter. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also attended an opposition function, not once but twice, and Tengku Adnan does not have the balls to do anything.
Tengku Adnan should try harder to prove what people say about him is wrong instead of proving them right with this idiotic move. Let’s see whether Dr Mahathir will now also receive a show cause letter.
Yes, Adnan should show that he is a MAN and not cowardly big mouh! Go and issue Mahathir a show cause letter NOW! 

Red Shirts do not represent the Muslims

Red Shirts do not represent the Muslims

September 23, 2015
After Bersih participants were filled with pride. After the Red Shirts rally most are filled with shame
By Tajuddin Rosli
Incidents that took place on 16 September coinciding with Malaysia Day have shamed the majority of Malays throughout the country. For the first time ever, I went to work with my face down, feeling ashamed to be called a Malay. I could sense my non-Malay colleagues looking at me and laughing in their heads to what my people have become. I had to put on a brave smile and pretend nothing ever happened.
But the reality is Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu has shown the world how low some Malays in the country have sunk to.
Please don’t get me wrong. The hooligans who gathered for the rally in no way represent the silent majority of Malays in the country who are civilized. Unfortunately, just as Bersih 4.0 was called a Chinese gathering because the majority who turned out were Chinese, Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu was a dark day for the Malays in Malaysia. Those in attendance did not look like they belong in today’s world. They seemed to look like a bunch from the Period of Jahiliyyah who travelled through time to get here.
I had to convince myself that those who attended the rally were not true Muslims. They are part of a cult that Islam does not recognise. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never taught us to ridicule another religion. He never taught us to call others derogatory names. We see people around the world embrace Islam because Islam is a religion of peace. Those who were on the streets chanting racism are not true Muslims. They belong to something else that Islam does not recognise.
I fail to understand the reason for the rally. They say Malaysia belongs to Malays. Strictly speaking, Malaysia belongs to the Orang Asli. Most Malays are descendents from Indonesia. So, what are they chanting about?
What if the Orang Asli one day hold a rally and ask the Malays to leave their country? How would we react? We condemn the Jews for robbing Palestinian land. What are we doing here?
UiTM has the largest number of small branches throughout the country. It is a university with predominantly Malays. We have the highest interest rates for Amanah Saham. We get special quotas and extra discounts when we purchase a property. We get loans approved easily. We dominate the public sector. Our children who are academically much poorer get scholarships while the non-bumis with better results miss out. Almost every state is ruled by a Raja Melayu. Majority top posts are held by Malays (although many may not deserve it).
We have it all but those on the streets still say they are being suppressed.
Bersih 4.0 hosted multiple folds more people, yet there was no racism. Look at those who attended Bersih. Majority were young, vibrant, educated and professional. The ‘Red-shirts’ rally instead hosted uneducated, and rude people who baffled the intelligent among us.
Post-Bersih, there was a sense of pride in those who participated. They travelled on their own accord, slept on the street and expressed their point. Nobody went back shy and disgusted.
The ‘Red-Shirts’ rally was sponsored ─ buses chartered, food provided, pocket money given and many who were there did not even know the reason they were there. Post-rally, we feel ashamed of ourselves ─ disgusted at how a minority of Malays represented the rest of us.
With pain in my heart, I sincerely apologise to all my non-Muslim friends for the behavior of some of our uncivilized people. You are responsible as much as we are for the independence of this country. We shall continue to live together as brothers and sisters. Most of us who are true Muslims will continue to live by the teachings of Islam and be at peace with all of you.
Tajuddin Rosli is an FMT reader.
Welll said, how will the Malays feel if and when the indigenous people rally and accuse them of suppressing them which in most part is true, They (OA) should be treated with most respect and be given what the Malays were given and even more! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Indonesia starts legal action against 4 companies - About TIME

Indonesia starts legal action against 4 companies

September 22, 2015
Three plantation companies have had their permits frozen and one forestry company has had its license revoked.
JAKARTA: Indonesia has ordered four companies to suspend operations for causing forest fires which have sent smoke across a swathe of Southeast Asia, an environment ministry official said on Tuesday.
“These suspensions will be in effect until the criminal proceedings undertaken by the police are finished,” said secretary general at environment ministry Bambang Hendroyono.
Three plantation companies have had their permits frozen and one forestry company has had its license revoked, he added.
PT Langgam Inti Hibrindo, which is owned by PT Provident Agro was among the companies affected.
Thick smoke caused by forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan islands has blanketed the region in recent weeks, pushing pollution levels to unhealthy levels.
Yes, that the way to do it, why tell Malaysia and S'pore that their countries' firms are causing the Haze, when Indonesia have the authority and power to deal direct with the culprits!
And why wait till Indons themselves stage rallies and protests to start taking action against the offenders. Strange so much complaints from neighbouring countries and yet nothing done BUT with local protests the authorities start ACTION against the perpetrators! 
Deal with the corrupt officials!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Najib has crossed the LINE!

Social media users slam Najib over ‘slap’ remarks

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) with 'red shirt' rally organiser Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam (right) seen here at the National Silat Federation function Friday. Najib says the ‘red shirt’ rally was held because the Malays have a right to voice out their grievances. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 20, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) with 'red shirt' rally organiser Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam (right) seen here at the National Silat Federation function Friday. Najib says the ‘red shirt’ rally was held because the Malays have a right to voice out their grievances. – The Malaysian Insider pic, September 20, 2015.
Datuk Seri Najib Razak has received many negative comments from Malaysian netizens over his "slap" remarks to justify the September 16 “red shirt” rally as a manifestation of the Malays defending their dignity.
The quote in Malay was featured on Astro Awani's Facebook page yesterday with many of the commentators expressing their disagreement and said that those who deserved to be slapped were dishonest and insincere leaders.
The picture, featuring a songkok-clad Najib in a black baju Melayu came with the quotes: "Sekali tampar, kita tak buat apa. Dua kali tampar...tak buat apa...tiga kali tampar...tak buat apa...tapi empat kali tampar sudah melampaui batas. Orang Melayu ada hak juga."  
("Slapped once, we did not do anything. The second time... nothing... the third time... nothing... but the fourth time is crossing the limit. Malays have rights too.)
In a comment which had more than 4,300 times likes, Nazirul Aiman Md Hassan said: "4kali tmpar tu bukan utk utk pemimpin melayu yg xsedar diri n asyik menipu melayu".
(The four slaps is not for the Malays but for Malay leaders who are delusional and looking to cheat the Malays.)
Alahai Debab said: "Sbnrnyr rakyat dh lama nk tampar ko najib...."  (Actually, the people want to slap you Najib). His comment has received more than 2,800 likes.
Najib made the remarks two nights ago at the National Silat Federation Assembly in Kuala Lumpurr.
He said the Malays had been patient despite several illegal rallies held previously that were seen as challenging the dignity of the Malays.
Another Facebook commentator, Kassim Selamat, wondered who should be slapped and urged leaders to unite the people instead of trying to divide them.
"Siapa yg tampar siapa?...Jgn jadi Penghasut. Fikirlah bagaimana utk menyatukan rakyat pelbagai suku kaum bukan utk mececahbelahkan rakyat sendiri.Kita membangun negara ini bersama2," he wrote.
(Who is trying to slap who? Don't be an agitator... Think of how to unite the multi-racial people and not try to divide own people... We develop the country together.)
Commentator Tro've Man said no one was angry or wanted to slap the Malays.
"Yg org marah pemimpin korup. Pemimpin yg zalim. Itu yg melayu nak tampar," he said. (People are angry with corrupt leaders. Cruel leaders. That's who the Malays want to slap.)
In ticking off Najib, Khairul Fahmi said everyone should refrain from bringing up racial sentiments and the prime minister should instead encourage unity.
"Cukup2lah sebut psl sentimen perkauman untuk kepentingan sendiri.. Makin x aman Malaysia nie.. Sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia yang beragama Islam, sepatutnya anda galakkan perpaduan semua bangsa dalam Malaysia nie.. Agama Islam pun menyuruh perpaduan xkira bangsa.. Dekat Kaabah tu semua bangsa ada mengadap Allah.. Bukan untuk kepentingan anda sorang, tapi untuk semua supaya aman damai.. Dalam agama Islam pun menyuruh perpaduan, bersatu padu tanpa mengira kaum..."
(Enough with the racial sentiments for own interests. Malaysia is increasing not harmonious. As a Muslim prime minister, you should encourage unity among all races in Malaysia. Islam encourages unity regardless of race... at the Kaaba, all races are there to face Allah... It's not for your own personal interests but all so that there is harmony. Islam also calls for unity regardless of race...)
Also known as Himpuan Rakyat Bersatu, the red shirt rally was held to counter the Bersih 4 gathering which organisers had claimed insulted the integrity of the Malay race.
The rally saw incendiary remarks and racially-charged banners and placards as well as some tense moments such as riot police spraying chemically laced water on a group of rowdy rally goers who had attempted to breach the police barricades to gain access to Petaling Street. – September 20, 2015. 
This is the LAST STRAW! Now Najib has crossed the LINE! He should RESIGN with 'Malay' dignity if he has any. We do not need a PM who incites racial disharmony and mob violence! Let us see him off ALONG with his RACIST cabinet ministers esp. his DPM!!!

The Orang Asli need help, not insults

The Orang Asli need help, not insults The forest means many things to the Orang Asli, but first and foremost it is home. For timber mer...