The Orang Asli community in Gua Musang are waging a struggle to preserve their ancestral land in Kelantan from the onslaught of loggers. What do BN and PR politicians have to say?
Why can’t they wait until the Orang Asli community there have completed mapping their lands so that the state government can gazette them?
Yesterday, police in Kelantan arrested about a dozen people, including Siti Kasim, the lawyer from the Bar Council’s Committee for Orang Asli Rights. They were all released late last night.
The struggle continues. Of course, we can’t expect much from the BN federal government, given its appalling record in Sarawak. But what is the stand of the Kelantan government on Orang Asli native customary rights land?
I would have thought Pakatan state administrations would show a more enlightened, progressive approach to native land rights. Remember how the Pakatan state government in Selangor was lauded – and rightly so – for supporting the Orang Asli in their struggle there.
So what’s happening in Kelantan then, Nik Aziz? This coming so soon after Kedah MB Azizan’s disturbing support for the use of the UUCA on five college students. Not very encouraging.
Is it Big Business/Corporations/Money first, people last?
We need a royal commission of inquiry to look into Orang Asli land rights, said human rights lawyer Edmund Bon. He tweeted: “demand we rethink OA land rights and treatment of them. They are the worst off in society and we keep oppressing them.”
“(An) RCI will investigate complaints and most imptly push thru community mapping for all ancestral lands.”