Recognition and protection of Orang Asli customary land rights, as important as they may be to Orang Asli, do not appear to be on the menu of election pledges at this stage, says Yogeswaran Subramaniam.
Aliran is appalled by the arrests of 13 Temiar protesters and a lawyer in Gua Musang yesterday over the local community’s attempted blockade to safeguard their community’s interests against the intrusion of loggers into their villages.
Mustafa K Anuar gets us to imagine the Orang Asli land issue if roles were reversed: what would we think if a big chunk of concrete jungle on prime KL land had to be demolished to make way for the Orang Asli’s ‘strategic plan’ to plant tapioca and rice for their survival?
Christians in the Temiar village of Pos Pasik, about 70km northeast of Gua Musang in Kelantan, have been told by the Department of Orang Asli Affairs (JHEOA) that they have no permission to build a church on their land, writes Colin Nicholas.
Never assume that Orang Asli are not deserving of their customary lands, says Yogeswaran Subramaniam. Law, human rights, justice and morality demand that we give Orang Asli due respect and recognition of their customary lands.