- Published on Tuesday, 17 May 2011 13:44
Malaysia: Kelantan Temiar-Orang Asli To Stage Protest In Gua Musang Against Ladang Rakyat Project
Temiar members of the Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK) will stage a peaceful demonstration in front of the District Office in Gua Musang, Kelantan on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 at 10am.
The target of their protest is the lack of action on the part of the state authority to keep its promise to stop all work with regard to the Ladang Rakyat (Peoples’ Estate) project on their traditional lands.
Despite assurances by the Kelantan Government that clearing and planting work for the Ladang Rakyat Project in Orang Asli areas will be stopped pending a discussion between all parties, such activities have continued unabated.
Loggers have bulldozed their fruit trees and crops, as well as disturbed and exposed ancestral graves. Extensive environmental damage has also resulted. The cleared forests are being planted with oil palm on a large scale by companies who have been given 99-year-leases to use and control the land, largely excluding the Orang Asli and their land rights.
Orang Asli leaders have also been questioned by the police for interfering with such work. All this despite a stop-work order from the Menteri Besar.
The Orang Asli are unhappy that their rights and their lands are being trampelled upon in such manner, and hence their first-ever protest in Kelantan this Wednesday.
Source: Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
Map location of Gua Musang, Malaysia