Thursday, December 08, 2005

Orang Asli land rights upheld



'On Monday, 19 September 2005, thunderous applause broke out in the normally staid Court of Appeal in Putrajaya, sending security officials scurrying to maintain decorum. The crowd of expectant Orang Asli was responding spontaneously to my single-word ‘briefing’ – “Menang!” (victory!) – on the Court of Appeal’s decision on a matter that deeply affected them all. The 300-plus Orang Asli, from various subgroups, had come from as far as Johor and Pahang to lend support to a group of seven Temuans. A decade ago, the seven had decided enough was enough and took the government and others to court for trampling on their dignity and their rights. ' More

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