Hornbill Unleashed

April 24, 2017

High Court orders 9,300 hectare area at Pos Belatim, Gua Musang, to remain as Orang Asli customary land

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Members of the Standing Committee on Customary Land at Pos Belatim celebrated after the Kota Baru High Court ruling that a land area of 9,300 hectares in Kelantan remains as Orang Asli customary land, April 23, 2017. — Bernama pic The High Court here today ruled that an area covering 9,300 hectares at Pos Belatim, Gua Musang, should remain as Orang Asli customary land.

When handing down the decision, Judge Datuk Zainal Azman Ab Aziz also revoked an agreement signed by the Kelantan government to develop a 1,000 site in the area for the “Ladang Rakyat” project.

He ordered the Kelantan government and the State Land and Mines Department, who were named the respondents, to carry out a mapping of the area, and gave them a month from today to do so.

He also ordered the respondents to pay costs of RM50,000 to the three plaintiffs, Rosli Along, Angah Along and Hassan Alang.

In 2011, the three men, representing the Orang Asli community in Pos Belatim, filed an application for a certiorari order for the court to revoke the state government’s decision in allowing part of the land occupied by the Orang Asli for development of the Ladang Rakyat project.

They named the Kelantan government and the State Land and Mines Department as the respondents.

Rosli, Angah and hassan were represented by a panel of lawyers from the Bar Council’s Committee on Orang Asli’s Right, led by Lim Heng Seng.

The others are Dr Yogeswaran Subramaniam , Tan Hooi Ping and M Rajkumar (he).

The State Assistant Legal Adviser Nazlyza Mohd Nazri appeared for the respondents.

Source : @ Bernama


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