Defending the defenceless…

There is a village in Kelantan named Kampung Jias. It is an Orang Asli settlement. Orang Asli are the native inhabitants on the Malay peninsular.

Something happened there that saddened me greatly.  But I am not a good storyteller as Bob Kee. He is perhaps more fitting to tell what happened there and is happening.

On June 4, 2007, a building erected by the Orang Asli on customary and traditional lands for use by their own community to serve as a place of worship was demolished by the Gua Musang District Land Office of Kelantan.

He has followed up with another more recent post detailing the whole incident and what is going to be done about it.

A police report has been filed on the matter and I pray that the police force will be impartial in investigating this case. The said place of worship was a Christian church to be built on the penghulu’s own orchard.

There is something to be said about a country where the local authorities are “free” to intimidate the less educated and less economically able. Although we have not seen the end of the whole incident yet, I can smell the rat already.

Will everybody entranced over the Altantuya Murder Trials, this incident won’t make even the 7th page on the news dailies. But honestly, as a concerned citizen, this is of more importance. Not only because I am with my Christian brothers in prayer, but because I cannot just sit back and watch someone get bullied right in front of me. Can you?


2 Responses to “Defending the defenceless…”

  1. June 13, 2007 at 2:38 am

    Just a thought that I didn’t share in my post – a mere police report isn’t going to cut it. What probably needs to be done is for a class action lawsuit to set a judicial precedent against future demolishment of places of worship without due consultation and diligence and to affirm native land rights.

  2. June 13, 2007 at 2:38 am

    BTW .. nice WordPress template 🙂

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moogleBorn and bred in KL, Malaysia. Now studying for his Phd in Singapore. Learning to walk one fall at a time.
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