Orang Asli hope their plights will be addressed

It’s a hard life: Kampung Denai Orang Asli Hanapi Titi (right) and Awang Kelang showing rain water that they store for their everyday use in Rompin, Pahang. — Bernama

GUA MUSANG: The Orang Asli community here hopes that the new unity government will continue to defend and focus on its infrastructure and socioeconomic development issues.

Kelantan Orang Asli chief penghulu Bidi Ronggeng said they also hoped that the new government could speed up the connecting roads to settlement areas such as in Pos Balar, Pos Belatim, Pos Hau, Pos Bihai, Pos Gob, Pos Simpor, Pos Pasik and Pos Tohoi, which are still using logging tracks.

“Previously, residents in the areas had to risk their lives when passing through damaged timber lorry tracks, especially during the monsoon season.

“I am confident that some of the issues faced by us, for example the education of Orang Asli children and infrastructure, can be appropriately addressed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is also Rural and Regional Development Minister,” he said.

Bidi said this when met by reporters at Pos Brooke here yesterday, according to Bernama.

As for the penghulu of Kampung Perawas in Pos Balar, Alek Busu hopes that the integrated development project can be implemented in the Orang Asli village area of Gua Musang as soon as possible.

“Complaints about the need for tarred roads or at least bulldozed tracks have often been raised by the surrounding residents to the authorities,” he said.

Alek added that the Orang Asli community was also very excited about the appointment of Ahmad Zahid as minister and hoped to meet him.

“We hope that one day the Deputy Prime Minister will be able to come and meet us here.

“At the same time, he will be able to inspect for himself the condition of the logging tracks and the difficulties we are facing,” said the 60-year-old village chief.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

MetMalaysia: Danger-level continuous heavy rain warning for Pahang, Johor until Jan 30
Floods: Number of evacuees goes down in Sabah, Johor; unchanged in Pahang
Don't share info on roadblocks via Waze, cops urge the public
Concert organisers must consider suitable venues, says Comms Minister
Selangor Sultan, Tengku Permaisuri grace state CNY open house
Umno purge: No due process in sackings, suspensions, says Ismail Sabri
'Experienced, proven, why not...', TMJ appears to make a move for Khairy as JDT CEO
Over 1,000 celebrants in Penang toss in the Year of the Rabbit at 210m long table
Wisma Putra: M'sia condemns attack at Azerbaijan embassy in Tehran
Floods: Number of evacuees in Johor goes up slightly to 2,216 from 2,191 earlier

Others Also Read