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Kelantan: No need for inquest to investigate the deaths of Orang Asli

Kelantan: No need for inquest to investigate the deaths of Orang Asli


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KOTA BHARU: The Kelantan state government shot down a request by a Barisan Nasional MP to hold an inquest to investigate the deaths of 15 people from the Batek community in Kuala Koh.

Kelantan deputy menteri besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said that the relevant had issued official statements on the matter.

“The relevant authorities, including the Health Ministry, Hazardous Material Unit (Hazmat) and the Department of Environment (DOE), had issued official statements on the case.

“In fact, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail herself was in Gua Musang to observe the situation and issued a statement that the deaths were not due to mining activities or pollution,” he told reporters.

Yesterday, BN MP Ramli Mohd Nor, an Orang Asli himself, called for an inquest to investigate the deaths of the 15 Batek people at the Parliament.

On related matter, Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Associations Malaysia president Dr Steven KW Chow said yesterday that the water collected from Kuala Koh shows that is was heavily polluted.

He said that tests on the water sample revealed that the manganese level was 2,500% higher than the standard threshold, making it toxic.

By G Vinod

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