Ministry of Rural Development to meet Kelantan Orang Asli over hydroelectric dam project in Nenggiri

A group of Temiar Orang Asli demonstrate in Putrajaya against the construction of Nenggiri Dam in Gua Musang, Kelantan on June 7, 2022. — Photo by Shafwan Zaidon

Thursday 09 June 2022 22:06 MYT

KUALA LUMPUR, 9th June – Deputy Minister of Rural Development, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Mohamad will have a meeting with Orang Asli community of Ulu Nenggiri sub-district, Gua Musang, Kelantan regarding construction of hydroelectric dam in the region.

He said the meeting would discuss the dissatisfaction of residents in three areas, Kampung Pos Tohoi, Pos Wias and Pos Pulat.

“I have spoken with Kelantan Development Department Manager Orang Asli and will attend the meeting myself to discuss the matter in a one-on-one discussion with them,” he said. he told a press conference after attending the 2022 Orang Asli Entrepreneurs Carnival ahead of its launch here today.

He was commenting on the demonstration organized by the Orang Asli community in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya on June 7 and the delivery of a memorandum protesting against the construction of the hydroelectric dam.

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) said in a statement the same day that it had received a memorandum from the Kelantan Network of Orang Asli Villages (JKOAK) which raised several concerns regarding the construction of the 300 megawatt (MW) facility. .

Abdul Rahman said the project had the approval of Orang Asli residents in the region and involved resettlement offers to 238 heads of families.

He said the offer included land of 0.2 hectares and a house of 750 square feet, an orchard (0.2 hectares), a small rubber farm (2.2 hectares) and public facilities such as schools, kindergartens, treatment rooms, surau and shops.

According to him, the resettlement area of ​​1,337 hectares was also located close to the original site.

“This facility will be built immediately to provide them with comfort and it is no small feat but costs millions of ringgits.

“Payments for resettlement involve a resettlement allowance of RM500 per household head, necessities assistance (RM200) and subsistence allowance (RM683) for five years as long as the rubber smallholding has not produced no return,” he added. — Bernama

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