How Much Of Peninsular Malaysia Should The Orang Asli Own?
Why I decided to post on this topic was a news report I just read, where the Federal Court in Australia has ruled that Perth belongs to the indigenous people who lived there before white settlers arrived. (Aborigines win native title over major Australian city)
It is indeed a landmark judgement and opens up avenues for indigenous peoples all over the world, including Malaysia. The purpose of this post is to get the views of the blogging community on the rights of the Orang Asli, whether those rights are being upheld by the government, including the notoriously communal-minded and Malaycentric Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli (JHEOA), what can be done to help them and if the courts are the only way to empower them.
Feel free to give your views here.
**** An interesting read: 'Unlawful' quorum, so land rights case put off