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.
Orang Asli protest over proposed land policy – Photo by Komas
Some 2,500 Orang Asli gathered in Putrajaya on 17 March 2010 to oppose a proposed Orang Asli land policy. Yogeswaran Subramaniam looks at what they want and examines if their demands are ‘relevant’ from the government’s perspective.
Principles such as equality, social justice, reconciliation for past injustices and the right to participation in public life all seem to be missing from the proposed land policy for Orang Asli, observes Yogeswaran Subramaniam.
Belanjawan yang dibentangkan di Parlimen tidak ambilkira kemungkinan berlakunya kegawatan ekonomi di Malaysia. Tetapi rakyat biasa akan menghadapi pelbagai masalah yang serius jika berlakunya kegawatan, dan beribu-ribu pekerja akan kehilangan kerja, ujas Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj.