24/Nov/2018 at 1:06:55pm
: All the Bersatu MB's and minsters appointted are nuts except probably for Muhyiddin who has some semblance of governing experience and knows how to talk. This guy is not even a well read person. He only understands money and does not realise there are other values in life such as a quality of life, peace and happiness which are equally important. There are even countries which do not calculate their GDP in dollars but instead uses happiness as an index. The rights and way of life of the indigenous people must be respected, preserved and supported.
Malaysiakini : Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu has come under criticism for
purportedly “insulting” the Orang Asli in his recent advice to the
community. Yesterday, Bernama reported Faizal as urging the
Orang Asli community in the state to stop “expecting outsiders to
provide items and help them” and look for alternative sources of income.
also said that the Perak government would only consider approving aid
for those who first improve their settlements, should they want to turn
their homes into ecotourism attractions. Lawyer Siti Kasim
lambasted Faizal for failing to identify the root cause of poverty among
the Orang Asli, namely the destruction of their land.
“The Perak menteri besar should go to the ground and see the reality of the Orang Asli’s lives before insulting them. “The
Orang Asli are the most self-sustainable people in comparison to other
communities. They can survive even if they had no money. “The
continued destruction of the forest on their ancestral land aided by the
authorities is the main problem,” she said in a Facebook post. As Siti noted, this ancestral land has been used for mining, development, orchard, rubber and oil palm plantation purposes.
'Harapan's true colours'
lawyer, who often represents the community in disputes, further claimed
that Perak officials had previously targeted those who attempted to use
their settlements for ecotourism purposes. “We have seen evidence
of state forestry officers that side with the loggers rather than the
Orang Asli, closing the access roads to their chalets,” she said. Siti also pinned the community's plight on Putrajaya.
stubborn non-recognition of Orang Asli land rights is in defiance of
the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
(UNDRIP) and Pakatan Harapan’s own manifesto.
“(This) shows their true colours, i.e., they are no different from the previous (BN) administration,” she said. In Malaysia, land issues fall under the jurisdiction of state governments.