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レターの中でコリン氏は、 ケラウダム推進派が「オラン・アスリは移転の必要はないが、すでに再定住先の用意がなされているため、移転を望んでいる」と理解していることに対して、オラン・アスリの二つのコミュニティへの聞き取り調査の結果、彼らが「現在の居住地が水没しないなら、移転はしたくない」と望んでいることを指摘しています。


1 彼らは移転以外の選択肢を与えられなかった。
2 ダムは彼らのコミュニティに影響を与えない。
3 彼らは移転を望んでいない。
4 彼らはダムを望んでいない。



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17 March 2005

Mr. Koichi Aiboshi
Director, Loan Aid Division, Economic Cooperation Bureau
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms Naoko Ishii
Director, Office of Development Finance, International Bureau
Ministry of Finance

Mr. Shigeru Kiyama
Director General, Development Assistance Department 1

Dear Sirs and Madam,

Resettlement of the indigenous Orang Asli
in the JBIC-supported Inter-state Raw Water Transfer Project
in Kelau, Malaysia

I refer to the above project in Malaysia where the Japanese Government, through JBIC, is still considering financing despite many objections to the project and despite it being shown that there is no necessity for the dam.

We now understand that the prevailing perception by the dam proponents with regard to the Orang Asli is that "… although the Orang Asli do not need to move, many of them want to do so because the resettlement site has already been prepared."

Confounded with this assumption, we decided to visit the two affected communities again on 3 March 2005. We met with the batin and community leaders and this is what we were told:

Chewong community in Bukit Lancar/Batu Cengal area:
This small community of ethnic Chewong-Orang Asli were surprised to hear that talk of their resettlement was still being brought up. They maintain that since their village is very high on a hill, there is no way their settlement can be drowned by the proposed dam. They have told no one that they want to resettle to the new site and have not changed their stand at all. That is, THEY DO NOT WANT TO MOVE.

Temuan Community at Kampung Sungei Temir:
We met Batin Cham after visiting the Chewong in their hilltop village. Again, he reiterated that if his village will not be inundated (and it will not), he and his people would prefer to stay where they are. This has always being their home and this is where they want to stay, he said.

Again, also, he reiterated that he was earlier forced (paksa) to agree to the dam and to the resettlement. Many personalities in authority (from the Department of Orang Asli Affairs, the State Government, the District Office, various Government Departments, etc) kept pressuring him to agree to the dam and to his peoples' resettlement. He was told that the Temuan community had no choice as the dam will be build and his village would be flooded. But he know knows that his village will not be flooded. HE PREFERS TO STAY WHERE HE IS.

Given the responses we got early this month from the two affected communities, it is difficult to see how anybody can claim that the Orang Asli want to move to the new resettlement site.

So, we iterate the position of the Orang Asli:

1. They were never given a choice.
2. The dam will not affect their communities.
3. They do not want to move.
4. They do not want the dam.

We question anybody who says that the Orang Asli say otherwise and would be happy to accompany him or her (or them) to make a free, unbiased assessment of the Orang Asli's opinions vis-a-vis the proposed dam and the resettlement.

In the meantime, we hope you will register the above reality of the Orang Asli's perception and position towards the proposed dam and the planned resettlement of their communities.

Thank you.


Colin Nicholas, Ph. D.
Center for Orang Asli Concerns
Subang Jaya, Malaysia


Ms. Tomoko Shiraishi
Loan Aid Division, Economic Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Mr. Mitsuru Otsuki
Chief, Office of Development Finance, International Bureau
Ministry of Finance

Mr. Kunihiko Sato
Director, Division2, Development Assistance Department 1

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