Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Neglected Pribumis

I find it very unsettling to read that while Perkasa is so vocal about Malay rights – who really cares about the pribumis (the Orang Asli and Orang Asal of Malaysia)? The original peoples of Peninsular Malaysia have only the Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli (JHEOA), or the Department of Orang Asli Affairs Malaysia, whether they like it or not. And to make matters worse, the JHEOA’s commitment and capabilities are suspect if evidence compiled by civil society groups is anything to go by. Mind you, these native peoples who are the pribumis, are the only non-migrants in this country!

And just to digress a bit, the word “pribumi” even exists in its name, Perkasa. By now we all know that Perkasa is championing the Malay Malaysians – but what about the natives? And we still dare to talk about 1 Malaysia? Shame on those Malaysians who cannot see the sad plight of the Orang Asli and Orang Asal!

The Nut Graph highlighted that “Article 153 of the Federal Constitution on the special position of Malay Malaysians and bumiputera omits mention of the peninsular Orang Asli. Only the natives of Sabah and Sarawak are specified” (Webpage
http://www.thenutgraph.com/the-real-pribumi-of-msia, posted April 01, 2010). This is so wrong!

Deborah Loh writing for The Nut Graph mentioned that “it is also a distortion of historical fact to equate Malay Malaysians with pribumi when the only ones who can rightfully claim to be the original inhabitants of this land are the indigenous peoples” (i.e. the Orang Asli and the Orang Asal).



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