Activist calls for smaller dams to replace Nenggiri project to avoid displacing Orang Asli

Kalidevi Mogan Kumarappa

The Orang Asli of Gua Musang, Kelantan, depend on the forest for their lives and livelihoods, says the Kelantan Network of Orang Asli Villages chairman. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 4, 2021.

SMALLER dams can be built instead of the massive Nenggiri hydroelectric reservoir in Gua Musang to meet energy and water supply needs without destruction of Orang Asli villages, activist Mustafa Along said.

The Kelantan Network of Orang Asli Villages (JKOAK) chairman said the Orang Asli in the area remain opposed to the construction of the dam which will flood 5,384ha of forest area, including their customary lands and ancestral graves.

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