Unseen hands behind Orang Asli v planters conflict


Sheridan Mahavera

Orang Asli women waiting for the arrival of Deputy Rural Development Minister Sivarasa Rasiah at the Kaleg blockade near Gua Musang on August 2. Eight years ago, an influential figure in the Temiar tribe deceived village chiefs and later sold them out. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, August 12, 2018.

EIGHT years ago, on a March night, Ami Along set in motion events that led to the Gua Musang Orang Asli blockade that has today captured the attention of even the prime minister.

That night, Ami and the elders of eight villages around Pos Simpor and Pos Tohoi unknowingly signed letters of support, allowing plantation companies access to their communal land deep in the Balah forest.


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  • Village chiefs should not sign anything with legal representation. Its despicable behaviour by obe of their own. There should be a court for indigenous peoples to contest these type of transactions.

    Posted 2 years ago by Malaysia New hope

  • Its good to keep in mind that in suspicious cases whether involving corrupt government officials or royalty, there is almost ALWAYS a Jho Low type of character in the background. These are the hard-to-detect criminals who are more often than not protected by the authorities.

    Posted 2 years ago by Simple Sulaiman