Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Orang Asli in Perak to get land titles

All 10,000 orang asli (aborigine) families in Perak will soon receive titles to their own individual plots of land.

Senior Exco Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said a two-level committee had been formed to handle the matter and expedite the distribution of the titles for a total of 32,537ha (80,400 acres) of land.

Ngeh said the state government planned to give each family a 3.3ha piece of land, of which 0.1ha would go for the construction their homes, 0.8ha for a fruit orchard and 2.4ha for the plantation of commercial crops.

“We are doing this to empower the orang asli and help them change their social economic status.

“By giving them land, they can increase their productivity and income levels and at the same time, we can alleviate the number of hardcore poor in Perak,” he said.

Ngeh added that the orang asli only owned 0.03% of land titles in the country.

“We hope that this will be a turning point for the people.

“We know we may hit snags along the way but we ... need to take the first step,” he said.

Ngeh added that despite their small population, the indigenous community actually contributed to half the number of hardcore poor in Perak.

Source: The Star

17 comments:

Kong-Kay said...

hear! hear! aren't these the real bumiputras?

Anonymous said...

What have the mamaks of UMNO got to say???? Want land too????

Avatar said...

I think that's a good move. At least, they'll have peace of mind and a permanent roof over their heads.

Anonymous said...

51 years under BN rule and the orang asli got balled in their balls...

Anonymous said...

mamaks in umno is just using the conveniences of 'bumiputera' status.

how come we don't hear them calling the whites pendatang when they was here during the colonial period. it was nothing but 'tuan here and tuan there'.

you get the picture...

KIMHO8 said...

Orang Asli should deserve more than that.

Helen said...

I'm really happy the Perak Garmen is doing something for the Orang Asli. My friend who does mission for the church visits Orang Asli vilages on a regular basis and he's the first one to tell you how much these people need help.

Maverick SM said...

Kong-kay,

You are right.

Avatar,

You are right.

KIMHO8,

You are right.

moo_t said...

Bravo Perak government.

With the land titles, Orang Asli will not longer need not to be burden by the Jabatan Orang Asli "assimilation helper".

With the land, beside agriculture, Orang asli should start think about culture preservation business, e.g. homestay business, agrijungle-tour, etc.

Perak government should not stop at the land titles, but also help Orang Asli free from Jabatan Orang Asli.

Maverick SM said...

Moo_t,

Good points.

Jefus said...

pardon me,....but,...

weren't they hunter gatherers? ie, they need a large area to forage?

wouldn't a reserve be better?

Jefus said...

in china, ppl pay loads of money to see the Matriarchial system, of the remote tribes,

in Taiwan, ppl pay money to get married in the tribal way, all the way from the US

in Vietnam, Burma, Yeos, etc.....
all ...

all touristy stuff

Anonymous said...

Good move. Maybe better if impose the condition that they cannot on-sell the land for a period of time.

Anonymous said...

the 'vultures' are waiting like Sarawak land scandals. Prepare to shoot them if you care for OA.

hasilox said...

Long long overdue issue.

Maverick SM said...

Jefus,

I think what Perak Govt is doing is good as it will help reduce the number of people who still live in poverty.

BENGGAP.LAH said...

what????

UMNO Youth will jump with this news soon and lodge Police Report that land scam to Orang Asli by PR in Perak.

then bomb exploded in Orang Asli homes, then PR accused of sponsoring Bombers to remove Kamunting from Perak.

after 1-month huh-hah, Pak Benggap Lah changed his retirement plan and proceed continue 2010 PM Change Plan; because Rakyat wants him...

Sei-Zhor lahhhh....