‘Plight of Bateq a serious issue’

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  • Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The Deputy Prime Minister has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the latest situation on the Orang Asli from the Bateq tribe in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who chaired the two-hour meeting at the office of the

Deputy Prime Minister yesterday, 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 which needs special attention and comprehensive action,” said Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, in her official Twitter.

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 Senator 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 to study the situation after media reports about a mysterious disease which has led to several deaths among the Bateq tribe in Kampung Kuala Koh.

According to the tribe, there were 14 deaths, and the victims had been buried according to tribal customs although the police said they received only two reports on the deaths.

Waytha Moorthy was reported to have said on Monday that the two Orang Asli deaths were confirmed to have been due to lung infection. — Bernama

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