Malaysia: Asking for the rights of Orang Asli (aborigines) to be returned to them

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has asked for the rights of the orang asli (aborigines) to be returned to them, especially with regards to their land which had been seized. The state had come to a stage where the acknowledgement of the rights of every Selangorian has become the basic principle of its administration. “This is important with regard to the land of the orang asli (aborigine) community,” he said in his opening speech at the state assembly sitting Tuesday.

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“I want to stress the need to acknowledge and preserve orang asli land
which had been seized from them in the last few years,” said the
Sultan. Sultan Sharafuddin also urged the state government to expedite
the identification and gazetting of orang asli land. “They should be
given the land which is rightfully theirs,” he added. The Sultan said
the orang asli community had a rich history with its own tradition,
culture, values and perspective — which need not be sacrificed in the
name of development.

Sultan Sharafuddin also said the dialogue initiated by the state government with the orang asli community recently should be continued. He also urged the state’s executive council members to declare their assets as soon as possible in line with good governance. The declaration of assets should also be accessible to the public online, he added.

The Sultan also emphasised the need for good governance in all aspects of the state administration and added that the integrity and accountability practised by the current state government would be upheld.

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