Press Statment June 12, 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is extremely saddened to learn about the deaths and ill health of the Bateq community members in Kampung Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan. It is indeed shocking that days have gone by and the government authorities have yet to ascertain the actual cause of the deaths and the deterioration of health among the Bateq community.
While we welcome the emergency meeting called on by the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah in giving special attention to the issue and in expressing the need for comprehensive action, SAM is of the view that it is not enough to just tackle the immediate health issues plaguing this Orang Asli community but there is urgent need to address the root causes that have led to the deterioration of their health.
A comprehensive response requires the Federal and State authorities to recognise the vulnerabilities faced by the indigenous communities as a result of the destruction of their land and the pollution of their natural resources and their surrounding environment, including their water resources.Read more
The Temiar community of Gua Musang, Kelantan Picture: SAM
Press Statement 19 JANUARY 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the first of a kind civil suit brought by the Federal Government against Kelantan. SAM applauds the Government's seriousness and sincerity in recognising, respecting and upholding the rights of the Orang Asli in the country as per our Constitution.
For long, indigenous communities, the country's most marginalised have been struggling to have their voices heard and their rights recognised through various means. With this suit, we hope that the Government will begin looking at reforming all laws and policies put in place during the old regime which have stopped short of respecting and recognising the customary rights of indigenous peoples.
Media Statment 1 March 2018
Blockade in Cawas, Gua Musang Picture : SAM
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) is disappointed that the Kelantan State Authorities still approve logging activities, monoculture plantation projects, land-use conversion to agriculture and mining in the Permanent Reserved Forests (PRF) in Kelantan without respecting the customary rights of indigenous peoples (Orang Asli).
The land conversion in PRF does not only destroy the original forest cover (natural forest) through the clear-felling harvesting method, affecting forest biodiversity, it also affected the rights and lives of the Orang Asli in particular.
Since 15 February 2018, the Orang Asli community from the Temiar tribe had set up several blockades in Cawas, Simpor, Kampung Kuala Wok in Gua Musang District, Ulu Kelantan, to prevent logging, mining and large-scale plantations in the PRF.Read more
Kenyataan Akhbar 1 Mac 2018
Blockade in Cawas, Gua Musang Gambar : SAM
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) kesal kerana Pihak Berkuasa Negeri Kelantan masih meluluskan aktiviti pembalakan, projek ladang monokultur, tukar-guna tanah kepada pertanian dan perlombongan dalam Hutan Simpanan Kekal (HSK) di negeri Kelantan tanpa menghormati hak tanah adat masyarakat Orang Asli.
Tukar-guna tanah dalam HSK bukan hanya memusnahkan litupan hutan asal (hutan asli) melalui kaedah pengusahasilan secara tebang habis yang menyebabkan fungsi kepelbagaian hayat terjejas, tetapi juga telah menjejas hak-hak dan kehidupan masyarakat Orang Asli khususnya.
Sejak 15 Februari 2018 yang lalu, masyarakat Orang Asli dari suku kaum Temiar telah mendirikan beberapa sekatan termasuk di Cawas, Simpor, Kampung Kuala Wok di Jajahan Gua Musang, Ulu Kelantan untuk menghalang kerja pembalakan, perlombongan dan ladang berskala besar di HSKRead more
Press Statement September 30, 2016
SAM is extremely concerned over media reports which related the manner in which the Orang Asli community in the Gua Musang district in Kelantan had been treated after setting up their blockade against logging operations on September 27.
According to Mustafa Along, secretary of the Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK), around 2 pm on September 28, representatives from the logging company arrived at the blockade site with a group of men in several private vehicles. The people however believed that the police and representatives from the Kelantan State Forestry Department and two media outlets were also amongst the group.Read more
Kenyataan Akbar 30 September 2016
SAM berasa amat gusar tentang laporan media yang melaporkan tentang bagaimana masyarakat Orang Asli di Gua Musang, Kelantan, telah diperlakukan setelah mereka mendirikan sebuah blockade untuk menghalang operasi pembalakan pada 27 September.
Menurut Mustafa Along, setiausaha Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK), sekitar jam 2 petang pada September 28, wakil-wakil syarikat pembalakan telah datang ke lokasi blockade bersama sekumpulan individu dengan beberapa buah kenderaan persendirian. Para penduduk percaya bahawa pihak polis, Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Kelantan dan wakil dari dua buah media turut bersama di dalam kumpulan tersebut.Read more