Humanitarian aid to Kuala Koh
Kemaskini: 25 Jan 2020
11.6.2019 until 14.6.2019
KAMY together with the Gerimis Project and Imagined Malaysia raised funds to organize a humanitarian aid to Kuala Koh.
We were one of the first group to send medicine, food and water supply to the affected Bateq indigenous community in Kuala Koh and Aring 5 in Gua Musang, right after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The 40 km journey from the nearest town, Bandar Chiku,was a landscape to palm plantation own by FGV as far as the eyes can see. It is very troubling given that some of the forests in Kuala Koh region is connected to the Taman Negara Pahang. The Bateq today, remained the only indegenous community that still walks and moves around in these old forests.
The community was severely affected by an unknown plague, with the best current candidate : chicken pox. To date there were already 10 deaths including men, women and children were reported. However many scientists, researchers from well known universities, and NGO's have disputed these claims from the Kelantan DOE as ' inadequate' given the high levels of nickel and iron, both beyond the safety levels were measured in the community drinking sources. To make things worse, the drinking sources were connected to the streams from the palm oil plantations and the illegal iron/nickel mine upstream.
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