Wednesday, September 20, 2006

How Much Of Peninsular Malaysia Should The Orang Asli Own?

The Orang Asli, as the very name suggests, are the original inhabitants of the land we now refer to as Peninsular Malaysia. (Unless history has drastically changed from the time I learnt the subject in school.) What if a resurgent and educated group of Orang Asli were to lay claim to large tracts of our country and then were to take the issue to court? What can possibly happen?

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


Blogger toniXe said...

for them to have any iota of success they must have a spark, a someone to lead. Who shall that be. How about the Malaysian ?

7:03 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

tonixe, there are several well known non-orang aslis who have and are still active in improving their conditions. More importantly I feel there must come someone of influence from within their own community.

7:17 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who can claim they own an inch of this land anyway? Did anyone make the land by himself? Shame on those who claim this land is theirs or they are the 'pri-Bumi', afterall, they don't even know where they came from. They don't even belong to one pure race, yet they claim to be the majority,...

We owe it to the One who create it, if not God.

7:45 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orang asli is after all considered as bumiputera, so they will get the same package/treatment as what other bumiputera had.

The real question would be, will they take it?

Most if not all, feels more comfortable on their current living styles.

8:15 PM GMT+8  
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2:57 AM GMT+8  

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