I DIDN’T KNOW WE HAD AN ORANG ASLI PRIME MINISTER!

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong SUARAM Adviser 26 October 2019

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been quoted as saying: “It hurts me to think in their own country, the indigenous people are not supposed to have their own gatherings without being accused of being racist,” he said. He further said that the “indigenous people in Malaysia”, referring to the Malays, had “shown tolerance” when people of different ethnic groups held such gatherings, and they had been accepted as normal. He was of course referring to the recent Malay Dignity Conference at which he delivered a keynote address.

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Police Complicity in Encroachment of Orang Asli Land Must Stop

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is gravely concerned with the on-going crackdown on blockades by Orang Asli community activists at Gerik and other locations across Malaysia and calls for the Inspector General of Police to answer for the conduct of the Royal Malaysian Police in supporting and assisting in the demolition of said blockades and arrest of Orang Asli community activists.

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ORANG ASLI DEATHS: TIME TO HONOUR OUR ORIGINAL PEOPLE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 12 June 2019

The latest deaths of 14 Orang Asli from the Bateq tribe, the country’s last indigenous nomadic community in Kuala Koh, Kelantan, with scores more hospitalised is a tragedy Malaysians should be ashamed of. The Orang Asli are the original people of Peninsula Malaysia whose ancient ancestry in these lands qualifies them as more authentically “Bumiputera” than the “pendatangs” who came later yet claim to be exclusively Bumiputera. Nonetheless, ever since Independence, the Orang Asli have been increasingly marginalised and deprived of their rights to land and resources, poisoned by profits-seeking loggers, miners, plantation owners, dam builders and other so-called “developers”.

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