Wednesday, January 19

Committee formed to look into land rights of indigenous people

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PUTRAJAYA: A working committee has been set up to ensure the 50 recommendations by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) after an inquiry process into the land rights of indigenous peoples of Malaysia are carried out within the recommended time frame.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who chaired the first Special Cabinet Meeting on Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Access to Customary Lands, said the working committee would be chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan.

The working committee will ensure cooperation between the ministries, departments, federal and state government agencies to implement recommendations from the works team.

“The working committee will be a platform to put forward recommendations and views about the indigenous peoples and access to customary lands collectively by the respective states and to find a practical solution,” he said in a statement.

The meeting was attended by 11 heads of state governments, ministers and the Attorney General’s Department. — Bernama