The one-day programme last Sunday on May 29th which was jointly organized by the MACC, the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA), C4 and the Public Complaints Bureau, was attended by more than 100 people comprising Orang Asli leaders nationwide.
Objectives of these program which called ‘Sembang Santai: Hatimu Hatiku Jua’ tend to solve the problem raised among stakeholders and Orang Asli. Obviously, Orang Asli become the victims of the corrupt practices among the stakeholders in the name of development. In this program, The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism played an active role to identified the problem that has been raised as corrupt practices impacts on the Orang Asli communities in complex and devastating ways. It distorts allocations meant for poverty allevation, destroys democratic institutions and entrenches poor governance and patronage politics.
In conjunction with this program, C4 Center aims to build capacities and empower Orang Asli community leaders to understand their rights, identify bribes and corrupt practices, and report wrong doing through this program as there is a slot where Orang Asli can make their complain towards Public Complaints Bureau representatives.
Nevertheless, one fact remains the same for all Orang Asli: they are the descendants of the earliest inhabitants of the peninsula and they have retained much of their identity which is distinct from the mainstream society.