Battleground in Gua Musang jungle

Source: The Star Online

GUA MUSANG: A logging area in the jungle near here has become a battleground between the orang asli community and loggers.

The orang asli claim the tract of land between Pos Tohoi and Pos Simpor, some two-and-a-half hours’ drive from Gua Musang town, is their ancestral land. The loggers claim they have been given a concession to cut down the trees there.

On Wednesday, there was a violent confrontation between the orang asli and the loggers, with three orang asli being “arrested” by men claiming to be policemen.

They were released soon after as there were no police officers in uniform or police vehicles nearby.

While the loggers, armed with chainsaws and one with a shotgun, managed to breach a barricade and dismantle it, the orang asli have since regrouped and replaced the barricade. And no end seems to be in sight for the conflict.

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Education of Orang Asli kids being neglected

Source: FMT News

Orang Asli activist Colin Nicholas recalls horrific punishment for Orang Asli children by schools and teachers. Pic taken from FMT News.

Orang Asli activist Colin Nicholas recalls horrific punishment for Orang Asli children by schools and teachers. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Education for Orang Asli children is being neglected with unmotivated teachers being sent to teach them, Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) Coordinator Colin Nicholas said.

On top of this, he told FMT that teachers stationed in rural areas were often under pressure to “show good results”.

“We have come across many cases where schools are under immense pressure to maintain the UPSR pass rate.

“They will do anything to get the weaker students out so that these children won’t sit for exams and bring down the overall results.”

Yesterday, FMT reported that teachers in a rural town in Kelantan were allegedly falsifying medical reports of Orang Asli children from a school, labelling them as intellectually disabled, to avoid being penalised for falling grades in the school.

Colin recalled his experiences with COAC, revealing there are many instances far worse than falsified medical reports.

For one, he noted the vast physical abuse Orang Asli students underwent which went unreported or unaddressed.

“Some of the punishments are terrible. It is something you will not find in normal schools.” Read more

76 stay away from SK Pos Tohoi after deaths

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Orang Asli Network of Kelantan deputy chairman Nasir Dollah is pictured at the press conference. On his left are Midah and Ayel. — Picture by Zuraneeza Zulkifli

Orang Asli Network of Kelantan deputy chairman Nasir Dollah is pictured at the press conference. On his left are Midah and Ayel. — Picture by Zuraneeza Zulkifli

PETALING JAYA, Jan 28 — Seventy-six pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan Pos Tohoi have not returned to school after five of their schoolmates died tragically last August.

Their parents claim they were still traumatised by the incident and the authorities had not done enough to improve conditions in the school.

Ayel Ajib, 48, the father of Ika, who died in the incident, said his three other children refused to return to school.

“They are so afraid after what happened to their elder sister,” he said.

Ayel admitted that he, too, felt frightened to send his children back to the school.

“I do not want my other children to suffer the same fate. They are still young and have a long life ahead of them,” he told a press conference here after he and 16 other villagers from Pos Tohoi submitted a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia.  Read more

Orang Asli demand educational reforms for their children

Source: The Rakyat Post

The Orang Asli Development Department will continue to persuade parents to send their kids to SK Tohoi despite the fatal runaway incident last year. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 10, 2016.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27, 2016: Representatives from the Orang Asli community in Kelantan today delivered a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) demanding that the government initiate reforms for Orang Asli children in the educational system.

The demands were made as the community felt that no action had been taken by the government following the recent tragedy where seven Orang Asli children from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Pos Tohoi, Gua Musang went missing.

Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK) deputy chairman Nasir Dollah said the government must take into account the proper nurturing as well as the wellbeing of Orang Asli children.

He said the Orang Asli community, like any other community in Malaysia, valued the significance of knowledge and learning and were willing to go to great lengths to ensure that their children received proper education. Read more

Kehadiran murid Orang Asli SK Tohoi tunjuk perkembangan positif

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Perkembangan positif kehadiran pelajar SK Tohoi menunjukkan masyarakat Orang Asli secara beransur-ansur makin pulih daripada trauma insiden kehilangan murid Orang Asli Ogos lalu. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 15 Januari, 2016.

Kehadiran lebih ramai murid Orang Asli ke Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tohoi menunjukkan perkembangan positif dengan purata kehadiran sekitar 115 orang sehari berbanding 101 pada minggu pertama persekolahan.

Pegawai Pendidikan Daerah Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah (PPD) Gua Musang Muhammad Zahari Othman berkata peningkatan itu disebabkan pelbagai faktor termasuk kesedaran ibu bapa dan murid, selain keadaan cuaca dan usaha berterusan Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JAKOA) serta Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN).

“Setakat ini peratus kehadiran pelajar adalah antara 55 hingga 58% setiap hari dan ia adalah keadaan biasa seperti tahun-tahun sebelum ini,” katanya ketika dihubungi di Kota Baru, hari ini. Read more

Orang Asli authorities continue to coax parents into sending kids to SK Tohoi

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Orang Asli Development Department will continue to persuade parents to send their kids to SK Tohoi despite the fatal runaway incident last year. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 10, 2016.

The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) will continue to persuade the Pos Tohoi Orang Asli community to send their children back to school.

Jakoa director-general Datuk Hasnan Hassan said a total of 74 students had yet to report for school even though it had been a week since the new school session began.

“However, we are thankful the number has increased to 115 students compared to 99 when the session started.

“SK Tohoi has 189 students and most of them live in the villages of Penad, Gawin, Simpor, Sedal, Dangdut, Halak, Rekom and Jader and the distance to school is a problem for them.” Read more

2 murid Orang Asli mahu keluar dari SK Tohoi

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Dua murid Orang Asli iaitu Norieen Yaakob, 10, dan Miksudiar Aluj, 11, tidak lagi berminat meneruskan persekolahan di SK Tohoi kerana masih trauma dengan kejadian menimpa mereka. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 28 Disember, 2015.

Dua murid Orang Asli Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Tohoi yang ditemui selamat dalam kejadian 7 murid hilang Ogos lepas, menyuarakan hasrat mahu berpindah ke SK Kuala Betis, di Gua Musang.

Norieen Yaakob, 10, dan Miksudiar Aluj, 11, tidak lagi berminat meneruskan persekolahan di SK Tohoi kerana masih trauma dengan kejadian menimpa mereka.

Ibu Norieen, Midah Angah, 40, berkata anaknya sudah menyatakan hasrat untuk kembali ke sekolah, tetapi tidak mahu ke SK Tohoi.

“Saya harap akan ada perbincangan dengan Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah Gua Musang dan Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli untuk menyelesaikan perkara ini.

“Saya tahu SK Tohoi banyak melakukan penambahbaikan, tetapi anak saya tidak mahu bersekolah di situ lagi dan mahu dihantar ke SK Kuala Betis kerana ada kemudahan asrama,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita di rumahnya di Kampung Penad hari ini. Read more

Counselling for Orang Asli community in Pos Tohoi tragedy, says deputy minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Children from the Temiar tribe outside their home in Kampung Penad, Kelantan. Education is important but the Orang Asli parents in this remote village have decided to withdraw their children from SK Tohoi. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 27, 2015.

The Education Ministry will hold counseling sessions for the Orang Asli following the Pos Tohoi tragedy where four children at a boarding school died after allegedly fleeing their school to hide in the jungle.

Deputy education minister P. Kamalanthan said the ministry will do all it can to ensure that parents from the indigenous community would send their children back to school.

“Education is for all and the ministry does not want to see anyone left out,” he told reporters at a press conference after a cheque presentation ceremony to 44 Tamil schools in Negri Sembilan.

Seven Orang Asli pupils at SK Tohoi in Gua Musang, Kelantan, went missing on August 23, reportedly because they feared punishment by their teachers.

Four are dead while two, Miksudiar Alui, 11, and Norieen Yaakob, 10, were found safe after weeks in the jungle.

The dead pupils – Ika Ayel, 9, Haikal Yaacob, 8, Linda Rosli, 8 and Juvina David, 7 – were buried last Sunday.

Traumatised parents from Orang Asli villages in the area then said they would pull out all their children from the boarding school situated some two hours away from their homes. Read more

Spooked Orang Asli parents shun Pos Tohoi school after 4 kids die

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Children from the Temiar tribe outside their home in Kampung Penad, Kelantan. Education is important but the Orang Asli parents in this remote village have decided to withdraw their children from SK Tohoi. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 27, 2015.

The Orang Asli from villages in the interiors of Gua Musang, Kelantan, have decided to stop sending their children back to the SK Tohoi boarding school, from where seven pupils had run away and got lost in the jungle for more than a month.

They are adamant their 60-odd children stay away from the school situated some two hours through logging tracks from their villages.

The Orang Asli folk are blaming the boarding school for recklessness and refusal to take responsibility for the incident, which left four of the victims dead.

Kelantan Orang Asli Village Network youth chief Dendi Johari said the Orang Asli, who are from the Temiar tribe, have refused to send their children to the school for fear of what had happened to the seven children. Read more

Orang asli kids laid to rest in a single grave

Source: The Star Online

Final journey: Relatives carrying a coffin at the funerals of Ika, Linda, Juvina and Haikal. Pic from The Star Online.

Final journey: Relatives carrying a coffin at the funerals of Ika, Linda, Juvina and Haikal. Pic from The Star Online.

GUA MUSANG: Almost three weeks after having to endure news that their lost children had been found dead, it was heart-shattering again for their parents as they finally laid the four to rest.

With the pain still fresh, the scene was emotional as the skeletal remains of Juvina David, seven, Haikal Yaakob, eight, Ika Ayel, nine, and Linda Rosli, eight, were laid to rest following customary Temiar tribe funeral rites yesterday.

A total of 20 4WD vehicles accompanied the four orang asli children, who died in the Balah forest reserve last month, on their final journey from here to their village in Kampung Penad along the logging track – a trip which took three hours.

The remains of the children were placed in separate, simple wooden coffins covered with white cloth and a smattering of flowers.

It was not a smooth ride for the accompanying family members. Read more