NGO calls for report on indigenous land issues to be tabled in Parliament


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 21 Jul 2013

KOTA KINABALU: An NGO representing the country’s indigenous communities is hoping that a report following a national inquiry into land issues will be tabled at the current Parliamentary sitting.

Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) said the much-awaited report on the National Inquiry into the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples should be tabled in Parliament soon to enable MPs to take action in advancing the rights of indigenous communities and their customary lands.
 
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) initiated the land rights hearings in Perak, Kelantan, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sarawak and Sabah from June to September 2012.
 
JOAS president Thomas Jalong said the group was thankful to Suhakam for conducting the inquiry into land issues as this was critical for the survival of the nation’s indigenous communities.

‘’We also hope that the federal government and relevant state governments take whatever recommendations in the Suhakam report seriously and to ensure its successful implementation,” he added.
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