What do you know about Orang Asal issues?

Source: The Star Online

Indigenous children clad in their traditional attires. Photos: Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia, drawn from The Star Online.

When the elders in Nelson Raymond’s village heard of plans for a water catchment dam to be built on Sungai Papar in Sabah, many broke down in tears.

The dam would have caused the river’s banks to flood, submerging around 20 villages in the Ulu Papar area, including Raymond’s, and displacing thousands of villagers.

“The elders took it especially hard,” said Raymond, a 28-year-old Dusun media practitioner. “This place has been our home for generations. It’s where we were born and raised. Everything about it, from the forest to the rivers and waterfalls, are all part of our lives.”

But despite the magnitude of the problem, not many people – even those potentially affected – had any inkling of what was to happen. This was back in 2009, when villages like Raymond’s had no phone lines, let alone Internet access. Read more

Suhakam to conduct field investigation

Source: Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will conduct a field investigation on the reported demolition of indigenous communities’ houses in Kg Bobotong, Tongod, by the Sabah Forestry Department.

The commission’s investigating officer of the case, Heflin Dino, said the investigation will be conducted based on Act 597 of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999 4(1) that clearly states its duty “to inquire into complaints regarding infringements of human rights referred to in Section 12” of the Act.

Pending the field investigation, Heflin appealed to all parties to remain calm.

“I do hope that the public would not fuel hate sentiments toward parties until we complete the investigation,” he told Daily Express, Monday.

More than 200 villagers of the village in Mukim Entilibon claimed to be living in fear after 16 out of 60 houses were demolished by the department on March 16.

They claimed to have been living in the village for 38 years. Read more

Demolition of Orang Asli homes in Sabah condemned

Source: FMT News

JOAS calls on Forestry Department to stop evicting tribespeople across Malaysia and to engage constructively with the indigenous people struggling to protect their traditional homes in the forests. Pic from FMT News.

JOAS calls on Forestry Department to stop evicting tribespeople across Malaysia and to engage constructively with the indigenous people struggling to protect their traditional homes in the forests. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) has called on the Forestry Department to engage meaningfully with indigenous communities across Malaysia instead of resorting to aggressive measures, such as evicting tribes and blocking efforts to protect traditional lands in forests.

The NGO, which focuses on native welfare in the country, said this in condemning the demolition of houses belonging to the Dusun Kiulu people in Tongod, Sabah, on March 17.

“The Dusun Kiulu community are now left homeless by the brutal act,” Juhaidi Marindal, vice-president of JOAS’ Sabah chapter, said in a statement today.

He said the department had accused the villagers of Kampung Bobotong of encroaching onto forest reserve land.

“The Dusun Kiulu have been living in the area well before the area was gazetted as forest reserve land, and they have planted fruit trees and oil palm in the area to earn a living,” he said. Read more

Rakaman udara bukti penggondolan ‘tanah adat’ Orang Asli

Sumber: FMT News

FMT diberitahu lebih 80% aktiviti pembalakan dilakukan berhampiran penempatan Orang Asli dan menjejaskan kehidupan 13,000 rakyat di 17 pos. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

FMT diberitahu lebih 80% aktiviti pembalakan dilakukan berhampiran penempatan Orang Asli dan menjejaskan kehidupan 13,000 rakyat di 17 pos. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

GUA MUSANG: Rakaman udara yang meninjau kesan pembalakan di sekitar kawasan Hutan Simpan Kekal Balah di Gua Musang nampaknya tidak menyebelahi kerajaan Kelantan, yang mendakwa aktiviti dijalankan mengikut tatacara operasi standard.

FMT diberitahu lebih 80% aktiviti pembalakan dilakukan berhampiran penempatan Orang Asli. Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) mendakwa skala pembalakan di kawasan terbabit memberi kesan kepada kira-kira 13,000 orang dan melibatkan 17 pos Orang Asli.

Video daripada Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM) menunjukkan banyak bukit-bukau yang gondol, dengan pokok yang ditebang dilonggokkan di satu tempat.

Rakaman juga menunjukkan banyak laluan keluar masuk dibina ke kawasan pembalakan, yang terletak lebih 2 jam perjalanan dari bandar Gua Musang.

Orang Asli yang terkesan mendakwa aktiviti pembalakan sudah mencemari sumber kehidupan mereka.

Menurut seorang Orang Asli, Mohd Nasir Dollah, kawasan yang digondol itu dahulunya tempat Orang Asli bercucuk tanam. “Kawasan yang digondol juga dikatakan digunakan pihak berkepentingan untuk membina ladang rakyat.”

Kerajaan negeri bagaimanapun berkata pembalakan sudah dirundingkan dengan penghulu-penghulu di kawasan yang berkenaan, manakala pimpinan PAS mendakwa Orang Asli terbabit dihasut pihak tertentu.

Dakwaan itu dinafikan oleh Orang Asli dan badan bukan kerajaan. Read more

Special award for Sabah natives at event

Source: Daily Express

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Kota Kinabalu: For the first time, a special award will be given to recipients from indigenous communities in Malaysia for promoting the rights of indigenous people in the coming national-level World Indigenous Peoples Day celebration.

It was reliably learnt that recipients from Sabah, home to the largest number of ethnic communities in the country, are on the list.

The award gives recognition to the recipients’ outstanding life’s work in advocating the rights of indigenous peoples, most often under extreme hardships and pressures.

The national-level celebration, which is hosted by rotation among the three regions in Malaysia, is held in Selangor this year from August 6 to 9 at Taman Botani Negara, Shah Alam.

The annual event is co-organised by the Malaysian Indigenous Peoples Network together with Tourism Selangor and also in collaboration with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) to bring together international and local participants.

This year’s theme is “Back to the roots, #Landrightsnow!” in conjunction with the worldwide “Land Rights Now” campaign to protect and increase global recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ land rights. Read more

Perayaan Hari Orang Asal Sedunia 2016 (PHOAS)

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Perayaan Hari Orang Asal Sedunia 2016 #phoas2016 kembali lagi ke negeri Selangor dengan tema Kembali Ke Asal (Back to Roots), #LandRightsNow!

Program awam:
6-7 Ogos, Festival Kesenian Orang Asal Antarabangsa di Shah Alam
(anjuran JOAS bersama dengan Tourism Selangor)

Datanglah ramai-ramai ke Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam (TBNSA) untuk meraikan bersama-bersama usaha-usaha komuniti, pemimpin dan organisasi Orang Asal di negara ini yang tidak terkira untuk menegakkan hak dan memastikan suara mereka didengar!

Program JOAS lain:
4-5 Ogos Belia JOAS Jamboree
8-9 Ogos Perayaan Hari Orang Asal JOAS

Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) telah menganjurkan perayaan ini sejak tahun 2008, berputar tuan rumah antara Sabah, Sarawak dan Semenanjung Malaysia.

The World Indigenous Day Celebrations 2016 #PHOAS2016 is back this year the theme Back to Roots.

Public event:
6-7 August – International Indigenous Arts Festival in Taman Botani, Shah Alam, organized by JOAS in collaboration with Tourism Selangor.

Come all to Taman Botani, Shah Alam, and together with the indigenous peoples of Malaysia, celebrate our grassroots effort, leadership and organizational effort in defending our rights and making our voices heard.

JOAS activities:
4-5 August – JOAS Youth Jamboree
8-9 August – JOAS World Indigenous Day Celebrations #LandRightsNow

JOAS has been organizing the celebrations nationally since 2008, with Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsula Malaysia taking turns each year to host it.

JOAS to map out Orang Asal traditional lands and territories

Source: The Star Online

JOAS community mapping trainees downloading and collating the data into maps, with lead-trainer Nousi Giun from Sabah, guiding. /JOAS

JOAS community mapping trainees downloading and collating the data into maps, with lead-trainer Nousi Giun from Sabah, guiding. /JOAS

PETALING JAYA: Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) has announced plans to map out and consolidate Orang Asal territories in conjunction with a global campaign on indigenous and community land rights.

The worldwide campaign by #LandRightsNow was signed on by over 300 organisations which aim to double the global area of land legally recognised as owned or controlled by indigenous peoples (Orang Asal) and local communities by 2020.

“Land rights for Orang Asal, is not just an issue of livelihoods, our traditional land is the source of our identity and culture,” said JOAS secretary-general Jannie Lasimbang in a statement on Wednesday. Read more

Let’s work together with our orang asli – Tan Yi Liang

Source: The Star Online

EXCLUSIVE BY TAN YI LIANG

A child suffering from a disease known to the Jahai tribe as ‘serawan’, taken during a previous trip to the Royal Belum State Park. The child has since fully recovered. — ELROI YEE/ The Star

OUR – and by “our” I mean Malaysia’s orang asli have it rough. Let’s face it, the effects of their daily struggle to live made it to the front pages of The Star twice at the end of November.

I’m sure the reports of Jahai children living in the Royal Belum State Park coming down with oral thrush are still fresh in the memory of the urban public, and I’m also sure that many will still remember the report about the horrible state of the Kuala Betis Transit Centre for pregnant orang asli women in Gua Musang.

Sadly, I am also sure that until the next incident or expose makes it to the pages of a daily paper – either in print or on the web – the challenges faced by Malaysia’s orang asli will once again fall out of sight and out of mind among most urban Malaysians.

So this had me thinking. What can we urban Malaysians do to help them on a consistent, regular basis? Because there must be something we can all do to help. Read more

Return to the Royal Belum State Park

Source: The Star

BY ELROI YEE, MARYAM ZAINOL, SHANJEEV REDDY and LIM MAY LEE

“HURRY up and gather everyone, there are important people here who want to see you,” said a young doctor, snapping his fingers at Kurup.

We were in front of Kurup’s house, along the Sungai Kejar in the Royal Belum State Park. Kurup is the orang asli man who lost his granddaughter Malini to sickness last month. We were there the morning the young girl passed away, and later witnessed the burial rituals.

Malini’s death, along with the accounts of many more child deaths from an illness known to locals as serawan, were documented in a report by R.AGE on the plight of the orang asli in Sungai Kejar. Read more

RM468,000 facility for pregnant orang asli will be ready in February

Source: The Star Online

In a sad state: The Kuala Bertis Transit Centre in Gua Musang is in bad shape after being hit by floods last December.

In a sad state: The Kuala Bertis Transit Centre in Gua Musang is in bad shape after being hit by floods last December.

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Betis Transit Centre for pregnant orang asli women in Gua Musang is in poor shape because it was badly affected by the floods last December.

But the good news is that a new RM468,000 transit centre is now being built and will be ready for use in three months.

The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) said the pregnant women were now staying at the old centre.

“All the equipment there such as beds, mattresses, cupboards, blankets, toiletries and medicines were completely destroyed in the flood,” Jakoa said in a statement.

It was responding to a report in The Star that pregnant orang asli women were being ignored, living in harsh conditions and sleeping on cold floors in a dilapidated and non-conducive centre. Read more