Semelai tribe to lose ancestral land to development

Raevathi Supramaniam

Orang Asli villagers say unknown people have planted boundary stones on their land, cut down their rubber trees and hurled abuse at them. – Pic courtesy of Semelai villagers, May 19, 2021.

THE Semelai tribe in Bera and Temerloh in Pahang have been ordered out of their native customary land to make way for the state government’s group settlement plan.

This is the culmination of an 18-year-old battle by the Orang Asli tribe to hold on to their land. But they are not giving up easily as they are making another appeal to the state government, failing which they are considering legal action.

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