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

Orang Asli to block roads to stop Gua Musang loggers

Source: FMT

They are angry over excessive logging in ancestral land in Kelantan and plan to block roads on Sept 27.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dismayed by excessive logging, Orang Asli in Kelantan plan to confront loggers by blocking roads leading up to their ancestral land near Kuala Betis, a rural village located in Gua Musang, on Sept 27.

Revealing this, Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK) Secretary Mustafa Along told reporters that logging in the state had badly affected the livelihood of every villager, pointing out that it had caused immense environmental pollution.

Earlier, Mustafa, along with members of JKOAK, handed over a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), touching on excessive logging in areas they considered their ancestral land.

“We are not asking for a large piece of land, just enough for us to live.”

Mustafa said the community was also upset that loggers did not engage the Orang Asli community prior to clearing the forest in the past.

The matter is made even more unfortunate, he added, considering that the Kelantan Forestry Department is reputed to be the best when it comes to forest management.

He said JKOAK had sent letters to several logging companies in Kelantan to demand their exit on Sept 13. Read more