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Malaysian Aboriginals Accuse Burmese of Assault

7 March 2014

A group of Orang Asli, or aboriginal inhabitants of Malaysia, has traveled to the country’s national police headquarters to demand legal action against around 100 Burmese nationals who allegedly attacked them on Feb. 26, reports the Kuala Lumpur-based newspaper The Star. The group, from the Lojing Highlands of Kelantan State, said they believed the incident was related to efforts to stop encroachment by agricultural businesses on customary Orang Asli land. They accused local police of doing nothing to address their complaints. “They believed the stories of the immigrants who claimed that our injuries were self-inflicted,” said Itam Anjang, 50, one of the victims of the attack.