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‘Foreign’ natives help Sarawak natives fight against dams

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‘Foreign’ natives help Sarawak natives fight against dams 


byJoseph Tawie QUICK TAKE: Indigenous groups from several countries are in Baram to help local natives fight against the proposed construction of Baram dam which will displace 26 longhouses and villages and some 20,000 people. Anti-Baram dam groups have invited these indigenous peoples from Brazil, Honduras, Chile, the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Australia, the US and the Wintu tribe of California to see for themselves how the natives of Baram and Belaga have suffered due to the construction of mega dams. For the past two years, the anti-dam groups have also brought their case to European countries, America, Australia and the United nations. “This time we invite these indigenous people to come here so that they can see for themselves how we have suffered. “We want to compare notes with them and learn from one another how to fight against these suppressive regimes,” said Peter Kallang, chairman of SAVE Rivers Sarawak. Like the na…

The Orang Asli and the irony of being a true Bumiputra

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The Orang Asli and the irony of being a true Bumiputra 


byMariam Mokhtar OUTSPOKEN: The original and legitimate Bumiputras are the Orang Asli, but they are also the most oppressed. The tragedy is that their oppressors are the government of Malaysia.  The state has denied the Orang Asli many of their rights, and in some cases bought-off the village headman, to implement their rules. Government failure to improve the socio-economic conditions of the Orang Asli, is often blamed on the Orang Asli themselves, for "rejecting development". This is utter codswallop! In the second quarter of 20th Century Malaya, the British understood the importance of the Orang Asli in nation building, especially in countering the communist insurgency.  Since independence, the effort of improving the lives of the Orang Asli, in terms of health, education and poverty, has developed at a snail's pace, when compared to the race to Islamicise whole communities of Orang Asli. Very little has changed since…

NAJIB'S 'SAFE PASSAGE'

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NAJIB'S FATAL BLUNDER: KISSING THE ISRAELIS MAY COST HIM & ROSMAH THEIR 'SAFE PASSAGE'Written by Iskandar Dzulkarnain
Just as talk is circulating for a ‘safe passage’ package to entice embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak’s to abdicate his untenable position, his continued penchant for getting himself into trouble again at the international front is really uncanny. If the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6billion in his personal accounts fail to unseat him, this latest Muslim-Jewish relations fiasco probably will. Until the full reality of what he has done sets in, Najib will still be in a limbo thinking that he managed to pull of an international public relations exercise that will make him look good, on the world stage. Israeli online newspaper The Times of Israel has praised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for calling for a new dawn in Muslim-Jewish relations during his speech at the United Nations general assembly in New York on Thursday. Najib’s call for improvements in…