GERIK: Orang asli who agreed to live at new resettlement schemes (RPS) are likely to receive titles for the agricultural land they work on, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali.
He said it would be akin to Felda’s efforts whereby rubber or oil-palm estates were set up and handed back to bumiputra settlers who worked on the land after some time.
Tajol Rosli said the same move was being tried out at the RPS Dala scheme where 600ha of jungle was being developed into rubber and oil-palm estates with the help of Risda and the Orang Asli Affairs Department (JHOA).
“The project has attracted 183 orang asli families to participate and maybe after a certain period, we will give the land title for a 4ha piece of land to each family,” he said at the end of his “meet the people” visit to RPS Dala about 30km from here yesterday.
Tajol Rosli said the state government had roped in the Orang Asli Foundation run by orang asli graduates to further improve the lot of resettled families who traditionally led a nomadic life in the jungle.
He said the foundation was helping to develop a home-stay facility at an orang asli resettlement area in Behrang near Tanjung Malim.
He said in future, orang asli resettlement areas might be modelled after the new village concept to facilitate effective administration.
He said the government had allocated RM103.4mil to the JHOA for the period between 2001 and 2005.
Tajol Rosli also launched a first-aid programme organised by the Gerik chapter of the Red Crescent Society to help resettled orang asli families deal with emergencies.
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