Blame the state governments for Orang Asli plight

Blame the state governments for Orang Asli plight

PUCHONG: The state governments are to be blamed for the ongoing plight of the Orang Asli who have been denied their rights, especially their rights to the native customary land.

“The state governments are to be blamed. Land matter comes under state. The federal government is powerless.  It has to request state approval,” said a government source to The Leaders Online.

The source said this in response to the issue of Orang Asli who are marginalized as their rights were denied.  The community have been displaced and their rights to the native customary land are denied.

Yesterday Orang Asli activist Tijah Yok Chopil said that the plight of the Orang Asli had not changed despite a change of government from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Harapan.

The indigenous community are facing the wrath of deforestation, non-recognition of Orang Asli land and ultimately their survival.

The source said that the Pakatan Harapan government has the option to replace Orang Asli land with Bumiputera status land but it is an option that Pakatan does not want to use.

He also pointed out that the political differences of the state governments are an impediment to resolve the Orang Asli issues.

“There must be a concerted effort from the federal with the state. We are banging our heads when it comes to Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.  Even in Perak, the Menteri Besar is uncooperative.”

Kelantan and Terengganu are under PAS administration whereas Pahang is under Umno-BN. 

Perak is led by Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu of Bersatu. He however has been in favour of logging.

On the issue of deforestation, the source said that issue is under the purview of Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr A Xavier Jayakumar.

In a related development, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy has given assurance that the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa) is in constant communication with state governments to resolve their issues.

Orang Asli activist Tijah Yok Chopil questioned when will the government ever going decide to recognise her community as part of the Malaysian society.

Posted by The Leaders on Rabu, 29 Mei 2019

By: K Pragalath

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