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Malaysia: Chief Minister of Sabah attempts to discredit IWGIA partner

In an article in the Daily Express Malaysia from 13 November 2014 the Chief Minister of Sabah, Musa Aman, has made a statement that NGOs such as IWGIA’s partner the Partners of Community Organizations in Sabah (PACOS) are misleading and confusing natives to blame the government for not giving them land.

This is highly disturbing as the government of Malaysia has supported the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and therefore should engage with indigenous peoples of the country to recognize their rights especially to their lands, territories and resources.

See the articles and read a press statement from Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact:

“State lands belong to Sabahans” - BorneoPost Online
“No land approved to firms from outside“ - Daily Express Newspaper Online 

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