“We are not big companies, only small-time farmers. All we ask for is a dialogue and we have come 10 times. Why is he ignoring us?”
Perak MB no time to meet with farmers(from Bidor, Sungkai, Tapah, Ipoh, Batu Gajah and Sungai Siput)...and finally people lose patience and have a peaceful gathering in front of MB's office - the Perak MB could have come out and met the farmers...or maybe even have a short meeting with representatives of the farmers for maybe 15-30 minutes... or maybe even fix a definite date to meet and talk to them and help resolve their problems...but alas, he did not ...; and finally after hours of waiting the police gave the people '3 minutes to disperse' and arrested people...
From the news reports, the following could be seen:-
a) These farmers send the Perak MB about 8 Memorandums - but no reply from the Perak MB..
b) PM Najib has called on the Perak MB to meet the farmers and resolve the issue... still not done.
“Why will the Menteri Besar not see us, even after the Prime Minister’s Office sent him a letter asking to do so?”
Najib had in a letter dated April 21 instructed Zambry to meet them.
c) Perak Menteri Besar fixed a meeting on 15th December 2014 - but the day before the MB cancelled this meeting -- and apparently did not fix another date for the meeting
"A date was fixed for December 15 last year, but the Menteri Besar's office called to cancel it a day before the appointment.
d) Last month, the farmers were told that the Perak MB will get back to them with possibly a 'meeting date' - but have been silent till now..
e) The farmers, came and gathered in front of the MB's office asking to see the MB - and they were made to wait until about 2.30pm. This delay from the MB shows how caring a MB he is. Could he not sent a rep (or come down personally at maybe 10.30am? Could he (or his resp) come and and fix a DEFINITE date and time to meet with the farmers - it would have been so easy to get a time and date suitable for them(since the farmers from the different areas were already there...) - an agenda of the meeting could also have set...
'...the farmers had gathered as early as 9.30am outside the menteri besar's office but was finally informed at 2.30pm that Zambry would not meet them.He added that Zambry's press secretary told the group to provide their contact details and an appointment would be fixed for next week...'
Perak MB unfazed by farmers’ protest
200 irate farmers protest Zambry cold shoulder
He said they had sent eight memorandums to the state government and Putrajaya, and only received a reply from the Prime Minister’s Office, stating that the Menteri Besar was expected to engage with them.
Aug 5, 2015
By Nigel Aw
MP, farmers arrested over 'eviction' protest
The farmers, who are battling eviction, had gathered there in a last ditch effort to meet Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir after failing to secure an appointment despite trying for almost four months.
Among those arrested were PSM secretary-general A Sivarajan, PSM deputy chairperson M Sarasvathy, central committee member S Arutchelvan and PSM Youth chief KS Bawani.
The over 300 angry demonstrators had brought an assortment of bananas, coconuts and vegetables and placed them outside the state secretariat building in protest of the menteri besar's refusal to meet them despite being instructed to do so by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
When contacted, the farmers' coalition coordinator K Segar confirmed the mass arrests, adding that they were being taken to Sungai Senam police station in Ipoh.
Segar said the farmers had gathered as early as 9.30am outside the menteri besar's office but was finally informed at 2.30pm that Zambry would not meet them.
He added that Zambry's press secretary told the group to provide their contact details and an appointment would be fixed for next week.
Refused to budge
Segar pointed out that in the group's previous meeting with Najib's special officer, it was revealed that Najib had in a letter dated April 21 instructed Zambry to meet them.
"On June 17, we met the menteri besar's media officer to submit Najib's letter and the officer promised to convey it to the menteri besar but there was eventually no response," he said.
He added the group had submitted no less than eight memorandums to Zambry since 2014 asking that he intervene in land issues faced by farmers throughout Perak.
Segar said after being snubbed by the menteri besar today, they refused to budge and sat at the entrance of the state secretariat building prompting police to arrest them.
He said the protesters today were farmers from Bidor, Sungkai, Tapah, Ipoh, Batu Gajah and Sungai Siput who were facing various eviction issues in their areas.
He added that a total of 24 areas with a size of over 10,000 acres was affected.- Malaysiakini
August 5, 2015 MYT 9:34:32 PM
Jeyakumar, several PSM leaders arrested in Ipoh over land protest
IPOH: Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, several other Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) leaders as well as a number of farmers were arrested after failing to disperse following instructions from police.
Among the other PSM leaders arrested outside the state secretariat building here were party secretary-general S. Arutchelvan, national deputy chairman M. Saras and party coordinator K. Kunasekaran.
A large number of farmers under the Save Perak Breeders and Farmers Affiliation had gathered outside the building from about 10am on Wednesday in the hopes of meeting Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir to help resolve long-standing land issues.
They sat on the roadside with their vegetables, fruits and fish, while holding placards.
A representative from Dr Zambry’s office later told the protesters that the Mentri Besar was unable to meet the farmers but that the office would let them know on Aug 10 when a meeting could be arranged.
Police then gave those gathered outside three minutes to disperse.
Jeyakumar and a number of other protesters were arrested when they failed to adhere to the instructions. -