Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Confirmed: The Perak MB is Stupid

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu (left) persists in showing to Malaysians his accursed stupidity – when he keeps denying the existence of Orang Asli customary lands in the state.  

On Monday, he had said that if an NGO claims the need to fight for indigenous customary land, one could potentially expect the same demands from other ethno-cultural groups including the Mandaling Malays or the Javanese. 

I won’t even respond to that idiotic comment – but suffice to say, yesterday, Ramkarpal Singh (left), the DAP national legal bureau chairperson told Ahmad Faizal to seek his state legal adviser’s counsel before spewing nonsense. 

He also said the menteri besar’s remarks of the state constitution not recognizing customary land was shocking, and reflected ignorance on his part over such matters. 

“There can be no doubt that the Orang Asli have both common law and statutory proprietary rights in the Aborigines Peoples Act 1954, protected by the Federal Constitution which mandates for proper compensation to be made to those with such rights who are evicted from their land”. 

The Bukit Gelugor MP added: “It has also been recognized that state governments have a fiduciary duty to gazette areas which are known to be occupied by the Orang Asli since time immemorial to protect their rights thereon. Failure to do so can result in legal recourse against the said governments”. 

Ramkarpal also urged the menteri besar to take steps in improving the welfare of the Orang Asli in Perak, and that it is certainly wrong to not recognize customary land which is a misperception he ought to correct sooner rather than later. 

It is good to see the DAP continuing to speak up for those who have no voice. 

Ahmad Faizal’s stupid statement gave the impression that the Orang Asli in Perak have no proprietary rights and that the state government is not interested in protecting their welfare which is completely contrary to Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto.

BTW, he gave logging companies the green light to trespass into Orang Asli's ancestral lands. And the Temiar people of Kampung Tasik Asal Cunex in Gerik found themselves at the raw end of a deal that is everything to do with profits over people.

I know there are stupid people everywhere – but why must we inherit more than our fair share? Sigh, that’s not fair! 

Worse, many of them are politicians. The country needs to move forward, to become more inclusive – but stupid politicians are impeding our progress. 

Ahmad Faizal is from Bersatu – that explains it, I suppose! Think Maszlee Malik, Syed Saddiq and Rina Harun and Malaysians will understand why we are still stuck in a rut.

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