KUALA LIPIS (Bernama) – Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Pakatan Harapan (PH) President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail yesterday urged the Orang Asli to vote for PH in the Cameron Highlands by-election on Saturday to change the fate of the indigenous people for the better.
She said the votes they had given to the Barisan Nasional (BN) over the past 60 years had not translated into much change for the better for the community.
Dr Wan Azizah said that if Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a BN leader at one time, could join PH, there was nothing wrong for the Orang Asli to express their support for the new government.
“We want support. I have come here to garner support. Give your support to us and the PH candidate. I know that the Orang Asli here have problems associated with native customary rights and the tok batin (chiefs) have much power. So, we can consider ways to step up the Orang Asli participation in development,” she said. Dr Wan Azizah made the appeal in the presence of about 100 Orang Asli during a visit to the PH operations room in Dusun Pak Senam.
Also present were Pahang PKR Chairman Fuziah Salleh and Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.
Dr Wan Azizah also attended three social programmes in the Jelai state constituency, which is located within the Cameron Highlands parliamentary constituency, before heading to Tanah Rata.