March 31, 2012 at 2:05pm ·Deputy D-G of JAKOA explains why UNDRIP is not adopted Suhakam Land Inquiry, 30 March 2012 JAKOA does not promote the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples UNDRIP because the government considered Indigenous Peoples to refer to the Malays when it adopted the declaration at the UN General Assembly.

Deputy Director, JAKOA

This was disclosed by the Deputy Director General of the Department of Orang Asli Development JAKOA, En Nisra Nisran, himself of Temiar-Orang Asli origin, at the close of the 4-day Selangor/Negeri Sembilan segment of the Suhakam Public Hearings for the National Land Inquiry on Orang Asal/Orang Asli land rights .

When asked what the Orang Asli are considered given that the Malays are the indigenous people, he answered that they were merely ‘Orang Asli’ or ‘Aboriginals’. According to him these two terms are not inclusive in the term ‘indigenous peoples’. He had no answer when countered that the term ‘indigenous peoples’ as defined by the UN does not exclude the use of local specific terms like aboriginals, natives, tribals, hill-tribes and so on. He did say however that the principles of the UNDRIP is followed by JAKOA.

For example, the principle of free, prior informed consent FPIC was followed in the Kelau Dam resettlement of the Temuans, and in the current process of the Orang Asli in Pantos for the Jelai dam. Both these examples were challenged.

via Orang Asli are NOT Indigenous Peoples.

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