Burial ground disturbed

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 24 Feb 2005

SHAH ALAM: The Temuan tribe orang asli have voiced their dismay over the “disturbance” of their ancestral burial ground at Kampung Air Kuning here. 

Village head Tok Batin Mela Aib said construction firms had fell trees bordering the 0.4ha burial grounds around Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, on the fringe of Taman Bukit Bandaraya. 

“Much discussion has been held over the matter but the construction firm is still bent on moving ahead with the project. 

“For us, it is a taboo to cut trees or disturb the burial ground,” he added. 

Mela, 43, claimed that that the Temuan tribe had lived in the surrounding areas of Bukit Cahaya Seri Alam, which is also known as Section U10, since the 1900s. 

“I hope the Orang Asli Affairs Department, the Selangor government and the developer would leave the burial ground at Kampung Air Kuning undisturbed,” he said. 

“Our people were buried on the undulating terrain of what is now Bukit Bandaraya, but now most of the area is covered with partially completed houses. 

“Most of our maps of the area given by the British has been lost, so, we could not stake a claim with the developers (of Bukit Bandaraya) then on the ancestral burial ground as our tribe does not place marker stones for the graves,” Mela added. 

State executive councillor for housing and local government Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad Dahlan declined comment. He had earlier called off a press conference on the Section U10 development.  

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