Ibarat pikul batu berat di kepala, kata Orang Asli

Sumber: FMT News

Gambar seorang gadis OA di sumber air, dipetik dari FMT News.

Gambar seorang gadis OA di sumber air, dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Ibarat pikul batu berat di kepala, begitu kata Setiausaha Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK) Jamali Ayu ketika ditanya mengenai nasib masyarakatnya hari ini.
Bukan sahaja isu tanah adat gagal diselesaikan secara berkesan, kurang daripada 50% Orang Asli di Kelantan mendapat kemudahan asas yang sempurna seperti bekalan air bersih, elektrik, jalan raya dan rumah.

“Bekalan air tidak ada manfaat kerana air semua keruh. Sehingga kini Orang Asli masih lagi minum air keruh, bekalan air paip pun tak ada,” kata Jamali ketika ditemui FMT.

JKOAK mewakili lebih 13,000 Orang Asli di Kelantan. Jaringan itu turut sama bersolidariti bersama masyarakat Orang Asli Gua Musang baru-baru ini yang cuba menghalang kemasukan pembalak ke kawasan yang dikatakan tanah adat mereka.

Menurut Jamali, isunya sama ada janji tidak ditunaikan, atau ia tidak seperti yang diharapkan.

“Walaupun Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi loji air baru-baru ini tetapi tak berfungsi. Sekadar hiasan untuk Orang Asli.

“Jalan juga tidak ada. Yang ada hanya jalan untuk kegunaan pembalak. Bila projek balak habis jalan tersebut tidak ada pembaharuan.

“Mereka bina jalan untuk pembalak, bukannya untuk Orang Asli,” katanya. Read more

NGOs object to proposed fish terminal project in Kuala Kedah

Source: The Star Online

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S. M. Mohamed Idris - pic taken from The Star Online

Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) president S. M. Mohamed Idris – pic taken from The Star Online

GEORGE TOWN: Sahabat Alam Malaysia and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) have objected to the Kedah Government’s proposal to construct a fishery terminal in Tebengau near Kuala Kedah.

CAP president S. M. Mohamed Idris (pic) said the project would adversely affect the environment and livelihood of 2,000 coastal fishermen in Kuala Kedah and surrounding areas.

“Their fishing area, which is Zone A will be reduced and there is possibility of the waters being polluted, and fish breeding grounds threatened.

“We are disappointed with the states decision because the government is not taking into consideration the adverse impacts of the project on the marine environment and livelihood of the local coastal communities,” he said in a statement here Tuesday. Read more

Reclamation damaging Penang

Source: NST Online

Coastal reclamation at Persiaran Gurney in Penang. NSTP/DANIAL SAAD

Coastal reclamation at Persiaran Gurney in Penang. NSTP/DANIAL SAAD

GEORGE TOWN: Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, is sitting on a ticking time bomb.

Coastal reclamation will worsen the island state’s seascape, a marine environment expert has warned.

Dr Zulfigar Yasin, a Universiti Sains Malaysia marine biology professor, said the state’s environment was heading for uncharted waters. He said coastal reclamation would come back to bite the island famed for its tourist spots. Coastal reclamations are going full swing at Gurney Drive and the Queensbay area opposite Pulau Jerejak.

A massive reclamation, which will see the creation of three man-made islands, has been proposed in the southern part of the island to fund the RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan. Read more

Orang asli group out to block TNB’s dam – again

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: An orang asli group has hauled Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) to court to stop construction of a dam at their village, after blocking a similar dam project in the same location.

The ongoing legal saga between Jeffrey Hassan and 10 other villagers against the national electricity company was over the construction of Telom Hydroelectric Dam that was approved in 2013.

In the court documents sighted by The Star, the villagers claimed the dam would be constructed over ancestral land, located at Kampung Pos Lanai, Kuala Lipis in Pahang.

The 1,500 Semai-tribe orang asli who lived there depended on the land for drinking water, farming and fishing.

In 2012, they were moved to a new village by the Department of Orang Asli Development (JKOA), on the assumption they would still have rights to the land.

In 2013, TNB informed them about the dam project and told the villagers they would not be able to return to the land.

This prompted the villagers to file a suit in 2015, where they claimed they were moved under fraudulent circumstances. Read more

Refugees’ right to work – Aslam Abd Jalil

Source: The Star Online

BY ASLAM ABD JALIL

MALAYSIA is not a state party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, and so it does not recognise refugee status or provide rights for refugees, including employment rights.

Despite that, refugees have been working in the informal sector all this while to survive, and Malaysian authorities turn a blind eye. They are mostly unskilled labourers who work in 3D sectors. There are also refugees with professional qualifications.

Without employment rights, refugees are often exploited and abused. The issue of employment rights for refugees also affects employers who hire them.

In 2013, the Malaysian Government announced that it would issue work permits and provide training for refugees living in Malaysia, but this plan did not materialise.

Recently, the Home Minister again announced that thousands of Rohingya who have been granted refugee status by UNHCR would be able to take up employment opportunities in sectors that are “appropriate, safe and easily monitored by the authorities” through a pilot project.

There are articles and sections in existing Malaysian laws, and the international conventions and declarations that Malaysia signed, that are supposed to make it legal for refugees to gain employment rights.

Both citizens and non-citizens are entitled to rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution. This includes the right to be engaged in lawful and gainful employment.

Article 8 (1) of the Federal Con­sti­tution says that “All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law”. Read more

129,000 trapped in slavery in Malaysia, study finds

Source: The Star Online

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PETALING JAYA: Almost 46 million across the world are trapped in modern slavery, with 129,000 people in Malaysia enslaved, a study shows.

According to the Global Slavery Index 2016, published by the Walk Free Foundation, there are 28% more people enslaved than previously estimated, with 45.8 million reported last year, compared with 35.8 million in 2014.

The report found that approximately 129,000 individuals, or 0.4% of Malaysia’s population are still trapped in modern slavery.

In the context of Southeast Asia, Malaysia has the fifth highest prevalence of slavery in terms of percentage, placing it behind Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei and Thailand.

According to the report, there were cases of forced labour and exploitation within certain industries. However, in the context of the absolute number of people trapped in modern slavery, Malaysia ranks 50th, far behind countries like Indonesia, with 736,100 people, and Myanmar, with 515,100 people. Read more

MB wrong, bauxite mining killing our businesses, say locals

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Two children play near a bauxite mining site in Felda Bukit Goh, Kuantan. Villagers say their complaints to authorities over the pollution from mining activities have fallen on deaf ears. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, January 8, 2016. Small busi

Small business operators and food vendors in Bukit Goh, Pahang said rampant bauxite mining there has severely affected their business, refuting the menteri besar’s claim that locals have benefited from the industry.

Motorcycle workshop owner Suhaizam Abdul Aziz, 45, said contrary to Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob’s statement that bauxite mining generated economic activities with spin-off effects in the state, it had only brought misery for locals.

“Who benefited from it? Not locals.

“If you look at the industry closely, the money went to outsiders. Most of the lorry drivers come from outside the state. Likewise, the workers. There were some locals but the ratio is small, like 50 foreigners to four locals,” said Suhaizam. Read more

Beri peluang kami sumbang ekonomi, kata 3 generasi Rohingya

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Pelarian Rohingya, Banu Hassan, (dua dari kanan) bersama anak perempuannya, Rokiah Mohd Ali (kiri) dan cucu, Zahida Mohd Ismail (kanan). Mereka berharap kerajaan Malaysia memberi peluang mendapatkan pendidikan dan mencari nafkah yang sah. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Afif Abd Halim, 25 Disember, 2015.

Pada ketika Malaysia memberikan layanan istimewa kepada pelarian Syria, sebuah keluarga besar Rohingya di negara ini berkata, mereka berada di sini selama 3 generasi tetapi masih lagi dinafikan hak bagi sebuah kehidupan bermaruah.

Kesemua 6 anak Banu Hassan, 60, dilahirkan di Malaysia dan beliau mempunyai 4 orang cucu. Tetapi tiada seorang pun daripada mereka bertaraf penduduk tetap, jauh sekali warganegara.

Apa yang mereka mahukan hanyalah hak untuk menamatkan persekolahan, mencari nafkah yang sah, kebebasan daripada gangguan dan peluang menyumbang kepada ekonomi Malaysia. Read more

Nelayan bantah pelan penambakan Pulau Pinang kerana hancurkan hidup mereka

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Lebih 1,000 nelayan berkumpul di pinggir laut di Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar bagi menyuarakan rasa tidak puas hati mereka ke atas penambakan yang dicadangkan kerajaan Pulau Pinang untuk membina pulau buatan manusia. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Looi Sue-Chern, 13 Disember, 2015.

Idea Kerajaan Pulau Pinang membina pulau buatan manusia di selatan pulau itu berjumlah RM27 bilion untuk Projek Penang Transport Master (PTMP) tidak mendapat sokongan daripada nelayan kawasan tersebut.

Projek yang dicadangkan menyaksikan bantahan 5 Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) PKR, seorang Adun DAP dan Adun Barisan Nasional (BN) turut dibantah lebih 1,000 nelayan.

Berkumpul di pinggir laut di Sungai Batu, Teluk Kumbar, nelayan menyuarakan rasa tidak puas hati mereka ke atas penambakan yang dicadangkan.

Mereka mewakili 14 komuniti nelayan, yang mempunyai hampir 3,000 ahli beroperasi dari Permatang Damar Laut ke Sungai Pinang di Balik Pulau.

“Tiada siapa yang bertanya kepada kita apa yang kita rasa, walaupun ini mempunyai kaitan dengan kehidupan kami,” kata Datuk Chooi Sooi Kong, 70, Pengerusi Unit nelayan Gertak Sanggul mewakili kira-kira 400 nelayan dan anak-anak kapal. Read more

Amerika Syarikat, 11 negara Asia Pasifik meterai TPPA

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Biarpun terdapat bantahan terhadap Perjanjian Kerjasama Trans-Pasifik (TPPA), namun 12 negara yang diketuai Amerika Syarikat bersetuju untuk memeterai perjanjian perdagangan itu hari ini. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 5 Oktober, 2015.

Amerika Syarikat, Jepun dan 10 negara lain di rantau Asia Pasifik hari ini mencipta sejarah apabila memeterai perjanjian bagi mengurangkan halangan perdagangan barangan dan perkhidmatan serta menetapkan peraturan komersial dua per lima daripada ekonomi global, kata pegawai, menurut laporan.

Menurut akhbar The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), pegawai kanan negara yang terlibat dijangka mengumumkan perkara itu pada sidang media di Atlanta, hari ini.

Bagi Amerika Syarikat, Perjanjian Perkongsian Trans-Pasifik (TPPA) membuka pasaran pertanian di Jepun dan Kanada, mengetatkan peraturan harta intelek bagi memberi manfaat kepada syarikat teknologi dan mewujudkan 1 blok ekonomi yang padu untuk menyaingi pengaruh China di rantau ini.

Perjanjian itu adalah satu kejayaan bermakna buat Presiden Amerika Syarikat Barack Obama yang melihatnya sebagai perangsang kepada pertumbuhan ekonomi, meningkatkan industri berdaya saing dan menyatukan negara Pasifik yang dengan aliran pemikiran yang sama ketika China – bukan sebahagian daripada blok ekonomi itu – mengamalkan postur ekonomi dan ketenteraan yang lebih menonjol di rantau ini. Read more