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

Special award for Sabah natives at event

Source: Daily Express


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)


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.