Sustainable Living Institute (SAVE) said...
Even in the heydays of Kesedar, the Post Brooke Orang Aslis in a village adjacent to the Kesedar office were neglected. They were not part of the agricultural development in terms of training, farming and other opportunities.
In the early 90's Japanese volunteers were helping Kesedar to train selected youths in modern highland agriculture.
Below are excerpts of previous comments on OA in several blogs including that of Ku Li.
Living with Pak Belang:
Seeing the pitiful state of an Orang Asli household, I asked them,”Mengapa tak bela ayam?”
“Pak Belang datang nanti”, Dolah answered.
We have encroached into all Orang Asli reservations with logging, development, and modern agriculture. They are driven further into the jungle to gather food sources and materials to trade. Alas, the resources are so meagre that they have to resort to hunting tigers for much needed cash.
Don’t blame them but ourselves for destroying their ecosystem and not doing enough to provide means of livelihood.
If you really want to see how marginalised and ill-treated they are the perkampungan Orang Asli Lojing, Kelantan is such a pitiful state. Several years ago their kampong was surrounded by greeneries but now much bulldozed to their very doorsteps. The river where they used to bath, wash, and fish is murky with eroded soil.
Is this humanity in the land of Nik Aziz?