Development as eradication: The pillage of the Jakun ‘people’s bank’ of tasik Chini, Pahang, Malaysia

This source preferred by Sara Ashencaen Crabtree

Authors: Ashencaen Crabtree, S.

Editors: Hood, S. and Alias, A.

Publisher: Universiti Kebangsaan Press

Place of Publication: Selangor, Malaysia

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Authors: Crabtree, S.A., Parker, J., Parker, I.C. and Parker, M.C.

Volume: 26

Pages: 283-298

DOI: 10.1177/0967828X18793201

© SOAS University of London 2018. The political rhetoric of social and economic development in Malaysia is used as a dominant and largely unquestioned discourse to justify the industrialized exploitation of the traditional territories of the indigenous people of West Malaysia. This article explores social policy drivers in respect of findings from a condensed ethnography of the Jakun Orang Asli people of Tasik Chini in the State of Pahang. Tasik Chini provides an important example of a wider problem affecting many Orang Asli communities in Malaysia relating to industrial exploitation, but is a case of special interest in respect of its significance as a site of rich and unique biodiversity, as well as being home to one of only two freshwater lakes in West Malaysia. Notably, Tasik Chini is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, of which there are only two in Malaysia. The lake and surrounding forests have provided the Jakun villagers with abundant natural resources for subsistence, but now the area is badly eroded and polluted by the ravages of big business. This presents a serious dilemma for the Jakun concerning whether to resist the destruction of their traditional way of life or to comply with state agendas and collude with their loss of self-sufficiency and autonomy. As such, the situation in Tasik Chini raises important questions regarding national social policy drivers and the position and welfare of indigenous people in Malaysia.

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Authors: Crabtree, S.A., Parker, J., Parker, I.C. and Parker, M.C.

Volume: 26

Pages: 283-298

DOI: 10.1177/0967828X18793201

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