As Musang King demand surges, Orang Asli lose more land

Sheridan Mahavera

The increased demand of durians, especially in China, is leading to the Orang Asli losing more of their customary land. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 27, 2020.

ABOUT half an hour from an Orang Asli village near Jerantut in Pahang is an orchard of durian trees – some of it the prized Musang King variety – that has been carved out of the forest.

But the orchard and most of the income from the trees do not go to the local Temiar tribe despite the fact that the land the orchard sits on is being claimed in court by the Orang Asli.

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