PETALING JAYA: The government will investigate allegations that the Orang Asli were subjected to birth control medication in the past, says P. Waytha Moorthy.
The Minister in the Prime Ministers Department said the government would not tolerate such actions.
He said he was shocked to read a report by a Temiar villager who claimed that Health Ministry officials who visited Orang Asli villages in mobile clinics threatened the women and told them that they must agree to birth control measures.
This was supposedly either in the form of pills or injections.
He claimed the officials threatened to confiscate their medical cards if they failed to comply.
“This is a serious allegation, and the government takes this matter seriously.
"These acts do not define the moral ethical practices of the multiracial social fabric of our country.
“I will discuss this matter with the Health Minister and get to the bottom of this. I will also set up a panel to investigate the matter," Waytha said in a statement on Thursday (July 11).
Waytha is in charge of the National Unity and Social Wellbeing portfolio, which oversees Orang Asli affairs.