Saturday, June 20, 2009

Pendekatan kerajaan untuk meningkatkan pendapatan orang asli

My question on the benefits received by the natives in view of the measure announced by the government especially in my constituency was answered on the 16 June 2009. I received a written reply as follows;

Minta Menteri Kamajuan Luar Bandar Dan Wilayah menyatakan pendekatan yang diambil oleh Kerajaan untuk meningkatkan sumber pendapatan Orang Asli khususnya kepada Orang Asli di kawasan Labis.


Tuan yang dipertua,

Sehingga kini, Kementerian menerusi JHEOA telah membangunkan kawasan Orang Asli di Labis iaitu di Kampung Juaseh seluas 65.15 hektar dan Kampung Segamat Kecil seluas 48.56 hektar dengan tanaman kelapa sawit yang dilaksanakan oleh RISDA dan telah memberi manfaat kepada 55 peserta.

Selain daripada itu, JHEOA dengan kerjasama Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (YPJ) telah melaksanakan pembangunan secara bersepadu menerusi program Rancangan Pengumpulan Semula (RPS) yang merangkumi lima perkampungan Orang Asli di kawasan parlimen Labis iaitu di Kg. Kudong, Kg. Sri Tembayan, Kg. Tamok, Kg. Kemidak dan Kg. Selai. Ianya melibatkan pembangunan tanah seluas 1,504 hektar dengan tanaman kelapa sawit serta memberi manfaat kepada seramai 188 orang peserta Orang Asli.

From my previous dialogues with the natives, I understand that the main grouses of the natives in my area is that they have not obtained their bonuses as promised. From the recent feedback that I have acquired from the officers and also the special assistant of the Johor Exco YB Tan Kok Hong, this matter has been resolved. Nevertheless, I understand that the government cannot guarantee the rate of bonus yearly and the amount will fluctuate depending on the profit obtained.

The next challenge ahead is how the government plans to train and provide the necessary skill sets for the native to self manage the plantation as currently it is managed by the state and any income earned is distributed by the state as well. Thus, we are not really educating the natives on how to be self-substaining. In fact, they will be more reliant and the productivity may also not be very high compared to owner operated plantations.

If the natives work as an owner operated plantation, there will be more incentives for the native to work harder as any increase in productivity would be their gains. The government can still play significant role in providing downstream support i.e. refining of current system and fair distribution to avoid the native from being exploited.

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