Malaysia: “Be transparent,” Orang Asal tells Cabinet Committee

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    PUTRAJAYA, 9 August 2016: A Land Rights Memorandum outlining issues and demands related to Orang Asal lands, territories and resources was handed this morning to the Senator YB Datuk Paul Low’s office by Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS). The memorandum called on the government to be transparent with the progress of the Cabinet Committee on the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

    The memorandum was drafted after consulting with the Orang Asal across Malaysia when they met over the last 4 days to commemorate the International Day of Indigenous Peoples Celebration which falls on 9 August every year.

    JOAS Secretary General Jannie Lasimbang explaining the memorandum.
    JOAS Secretary General Jannie Lasimbang explaining the memorandum.

    Key points of the memorandum referred to the SUHAKAM National Inquiry on Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The report which came out in 2013 has been endorsed fully by JOAS.

    “As a result of the government Task Force to review the findings of the SUHAKAM report was the formation of a Cabinet Committee on 13 June 2015,” explains Secretary General of JOAS, Jannie Lasimbang.

    JOAS Secretary General Jannie Lasimbang speaking to the press.
    JOAS Secretary General Jannie Lasimbang speaking to the press.

    “But we question the sincerity of the government because we received no further news on the Cabinet Committee and the report of the Task Force has not been released officially,” she adds.

    “We have handed the Memorandum to the YB Datuk Paul Low as the Minister’s office has said that it remained committed and will play a key role in the Cabinet Committee” she added.

    JOAS Land Rights memorandum 5The memorandum resonates with the Global Call on Action for #LandRightsNow, a campaign which puts land rights at the center of sustainable development and climate change. The campaign which is supported by over 500 organizations around the world including JOAS, launches today.JOAS Land Rights memorandum 2

    Source: JOAS

    Click here to download full memorandum.