Press Release 25 April 2019
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) supports the New Straits Times editorial published on April 24, 2019, titled, NST Leader: “A meaningful future for the community.”
The editorial was written in conjunction with the recently held 2019 Orang Asli Convention, where the Prime Minister announced the plan to develop a National Orang Asli Development Blueprint.
SAM welcomes the announcement of the blueprint and shares the view that such a national plan is long overdue.
The editorial raises at least three important points that must be taken into account in order to ensure that the blueprint will meaningfully serve its purpose.
First, the development of the blueprint requires comprehensive consultations with the Orang Asli community themselves.Read more
International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples 2018: Transparency on oil palm plantation project for Iban communities in Marudi
Indigenous peoples in Marudi, Sarawak against the Konsep Baru (New Concept), an oil palm plantation development project. Picture: SAM
Press Statement 09 August 2018
In conjunction with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples today, Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) wishes to express our concern on the proposal to develop an oil palm plantation project in Marudi, Baram, which will affect the native customary rights (NCR) of at least 20 Iban villages. The affected customary territories not only include some forested areas, they also contain numerous productive smallholding farms, which are important sources of income and food for the communities.Read more
Press Statement 09 January, 2017
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) would like to announce the release of the publication Encroachment on Orang Asli Customary Land in Peninsular Malaysia: Causes and Solutions, a result of a collaborative project undertaken with the Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM).
Essentially, the publication argues that encroachments on Orang Asli customary land have been caused by systemic governance and legal conditions, as opposed to isolated incidents occurring as a result of the violations of legislative requirements or executive directives. The publication contains 12 in-depth reports involving 13 Orang Asli customary territories in Kelantan, Pahang and Perak. It also analyses the effectiveness of the legal and governance framework in Peninsular Malaysia in providing adequate protection for the Orang Asli customary land.Read more