PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic) called an emergency meeting on Tuesday (June 11) to discuss the latest situation on the Orang Asli from the Bateq tribe in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan.
Dr Wan Azizah, who chaired the two-hour meeting at the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, reflected the seriousness and sensitivity of the government in tackling the health issues affecting the Bateq tribe.
"Any matter involving the people’s lives is a major issue that needs special attention and comprehensive action,” said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, on her official Twitter feed.
She said every agency involved would ensure that the issue was tackled in the best manner possible for the prosperity of the people.
The meeting was also attended by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.
Dr Wan Azizah is scheduled to go to Kelantan on Friday (June 14) to have a closer look on the issue.
It was reported that the Bateq tribe in Kampung Kuala Koh were allegedly suffering from a mysterious disease which led to 14 deaths.
The victims were buried according to the customs of the tribe although police said they only received two reports on the deaths.
Waytha Moorthy was reported to have said Monday (June 10) that the two Orang Asli deaths were confirmed to have been due to lung infection. - Bernama