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    Indigenous peoples in Malaysia

    The peoples of the Orang Asli, the Orang Ulu, and the Anak Negeri groups together constitute the indigenous population of Malaysia. Although Malaysia has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the country’s indigenous population is facing a number of challenges, especially in terms of land rights.
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    Although Malaysia has adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the country’s indigenous population is facing a number of challenges, especially in terms of land rights.
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Malaysian court allows indigenous peoples to fight land claim

On Tuesday March 1, Malaysia's highest court allowed indigenous people from Borneo the right to challenge the acquisition of their ancestral land, in what campaigners hailed as a historic test case. Their legal battle for native title began 12 years ago after the state government of Sarawak on Malaysian Borneo requisitioned land for the controversial Bakun dam and a timber pulpmill.

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