KUALA LUMPUR: A national convention on the Orang Asli is set to be held on April 22 at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre to discuss issues faced by the 200,000 Orang Asli and to find ways to overcome the problems.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy said more than 100 officers from the relevant agencies and ministries would participate in the group discussions to find practical ways to address the issues.
“The convention, to be declared open by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and attended by all Tok Batin, also aims to gather valued input to the main issues at hand.
“The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will continue its engagement with the Orang Asli in an effort to uplift the community so that they could enjoy the social-economic development of the nation and are brought on par with other races,” he said in a statement here today.
He said the government also wishes to reiterate its commitment to realising “Janji 38” promises made to the community in the 14th general election manifesto, which includes strengthening the Department of Orang Asli Development.
“Another example of the government’s commitment to the Orang Asli is the filing of a lawsuit by the Attorney-General’s Chambers on behalf of the Orang Asli Temiar community against the Kelantan government in January this year,” he added.