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