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Customary land Rrights of Orang Asli: a case study in Kampung Parit Gong, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Mohd, Kamilah Wati and Mohd Hassan, Fareed and Ghulam Khan, Intan Nadia and Wook, Izawati (2021) Customary land Rrights of Orang Asli: a case study in Kampung Parit Gong, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. UUM Journal of Legal Studies (UUMJLS), 12 (01). pp. 199-217. ISSN 2229-984X

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The Orang Asli group forms a minority community in Peninsular Malaysia, whose livelihood mostly depends on their land and the surrounding area. Dispute over customary land rights of Orang Asli has been continual in Malaysia although Malaysian Courts, in several cases, have upheld the Common Law rights of Orang Asli to their customary lands. This poses a challenge to some Orang Asli communities and State Governments. Based on focus group discussion, profiling survey, and library research methods, this paper analyses the land rights of Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia, by placing focus on Orang Asli in Kampung Parit Gong, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan. The findings indicate that the Kampung Parit Gong Orang Asli community has been strictly adhering to the customs of ‘Adat Perpatih’ since yesteryears, and that they highly value the land, both through usage of land and by inheritance. Several important concerns were raised by the Orang Asli in Kampung Parit Gong, particularly on the security over their rights on the said customary land and the guarantee of their future generations’ socio-economic well-being. Having said that, this paper proposes several legal and administrative measures to not only address the uprising issues, but also to ascertain that the rights of Orang Asli residing in Peninsular Malaysia are safeguarded.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Orang Asli, Customary Land Rights, Kampung Parit Gong, Negeri Sembilan.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs Nurin Jazlina Hamid
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2022 09:13
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2022 09:13

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