KENYATAAN MEDIA / Media statement.

KENYATAAN MEDIA / Media statement.

Kami sedang mengikuti dengan teliti perkembangan terkini di Selatan dimana enam belas orang aktivis “NO COAL” telah ditahan oleh pihak berkuasa atas dakwaan mengganggu ketenteraman awam dan menghalang tugas pegawai .

Sekali lagi pihak kerajaan telah gagal menunjukkan sikap terbuka dalam mendengari rintihan rakyat. Thailand adalah sebuah negara bebas yang dihuni oleh rakyat yang bebas. Rakyat mernpunyai hak dalam rnenentukan apa yang mereka mahu atau tidak mahu untuk diri mereka sendiri sepertirnana yang dijamin oleh perlembagaan.

Penduduk Thepha telah berulangkali menyuarakan penentangan rnereka terhadap pembinaan loji kuasa arang batu di kawasan itu. Kerajaan haruslah menghormatinya dan bertindak secara berhemah.

Kami berdiri teguh bersama penduduk Thepha dan mengingatkan pihak kerajaan bahawa bertindak melawan kehendak rakyat dan menanganinya secara kekerasan bukan sahaja akan memburukkan keadaan malah berkemungkinan mencetuskan kesan yang tidak diingini sepertimana Pen.. Knsek dan Tak Bai pada tahun 2004.

Abu Hafez Al-Hakim untuk MARA Patani

28 November 2017

We are closely monitoring with concern the latest development in the Deep South whereby some sixteen “NO COAL” activists were being detained by the authorities on 27 November 2017 , allegedly arousing public disorder and obstruction of officials’ duties.

The government has again failed to demonstrate its openness to listen to the plight of its people . Thailand is a free country , a land of free people. As guaranteed by the constitution , the people has every right to determine what they want or do not want for themselves .

The people of Thepha have repeatedly voiced their opinion against the coal power plant being set up within their community . The government should respect that opinion and comply accordingly.

We stand firm in solidarity with the people of Thepha and remind the government that to proceed against the wish of the people and respond with iron fists will not only worsen the situation but may cause undesirable outcome similar to the Krisek and Tak Bai incidences of 2014.

Abu Hafez Al-Hakim for MARA Patani.

28 Novernber 2017

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