Activist and Facebook come to the rescue of Orang Asli children

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Dr Hartini Zainuddin (front, right) with Orang Asli children at the fundraiser. Dr Hartini helped raise RM120,000 for a piece of land to be used as an Orang Asli hostel. – Facebook pic, June 27, 2015.

Dr Hartini Zainuddin (front, right) with Orang Asli children at the fundraiser. Dr Hartini helped raise RM120,000 for a piece of land to be used as an Orang Asli hostel. – Facebook pic, June 27, 2015.

A child rights advocate and her Facebook friends saved the day for a non-governmental organisation which was nearing its Tuesday deadline to pay the balance purchase price for a nearly RM1 million piece of land to build a dormitory for Orang Asli schoolgoing children in a village in Pahang.

Orang Asli NGO Semoa Bhd co-founder Rajendran Velu described Yayasan Chow Kit’s Dr Hartini Zainuddin as a miracle for having managed to raise RM120,000 in barely 48 hours after she made a last-ditch effort to put up a Facebook post appealing for the funds. Read more

Malaysia’s alarming trek towards cultural intolerance — Pusat KOMAS

Source: The Malay Mail Online

JUNE 26 — Pusat KOMAS is increasingly alarmed and concerned about the growing trend of cultural intolerance in Malaysia today.

The recently reported incidents are clear indicators of how Malaysia has regressed in terms of being a mature and tolerant multi-cultural society. Furthermore it raises many crucial issues on cultural diversity, tolerance and the will and effectiveness of the authorities in addressing these issues.

For instance in the incident of the individuals who were refused entry for not having complied with the prescribed “dress code” at the Road Transport Department (RTD); the Sungai Buluh hospital; and even the Selangor State Secretariat building in Shah Alam respectively.

These incidents raise many significant questions such as: Which bureaucrat in the long chain of command of these relevant government agencies actually conceived this ingenious “dress code” for the public as criteria to be given service. This is obviously contradictory to the concept of “civil servant”, a term conceived to emphasise the servitude of government officers and workers for the general public. Read more

11MP falls short in meeting Orang Asal overall needs, says economist

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Recognising the Native Customary Rights (NCR) of the Bumiputera in Sabah and Sarawak is one benefit of the 11th Malaysia Plan, but there is little else to help the various indigenous communities in the two states. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 27, 2015.

Recognising the Native Customary Rights (NCR) of the Bumiputera in Sabah and Sarawak is one benefit of the 11th Malaysia Plan, but there is little else to help the various indigenous communities in the two states. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 27, 2015.

The Orang Asal should have been given a national development blueprint of their own in the 11th Malaysia Plan said a Sarawakian economist, adding that piecemeal measures listed in the plan are inadequate for helping the community who are among the poorest Malaysians.

Assoc Prof Dr Madeline Berma said the lack of specific initiatives for Orang Asal communities in Peninsular and East Malaysia would hurt the 11MP’s aim of lifting the incomes of the Bottom 40% (B40) of households.

This is because a majority of Orang Asal communities in the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak are at the bottom of the B40, said Berma, an economist with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Read more