Deaths of Orang Asli at Gua Musang: 14, not 3 as earlier claimed by the police! Treated: 112…

15 June 2019

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[Infographics] Total Orang Asli patient increase to 112 people as yesterday

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Eight bodies, remains found in Kelantan as village is cordoned off after Orang Asli deaths

GUA MUSANG: Malaysian authorities on Thursday (Jun 13) found four more bodies at an Orang Asli settlement in Kelantan after 14 people died of an illness that has yet to be identified by authorities.

The search was initiated as part of an operation to track down the remains of 12 individuals, according to Mr P Waytha Moorthy, the minister in the prime minister’s department. At least eight sets of remains have already been found.

It comes after 14 people were reported to have died in the village of Kuala Koh since May. Two of the bodies were examined by authorities, who said the deaths were caused by pneumonia.

It is yet unclear what caused the other deaths, with investigations ongoing.

Dozens of Orang Asli are being treated at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Bharu. They include three-year-old Nasri Rosli, who is in a critical but stable condition.

Nasri is suffering from pneumonia, according to Mr Waytha Moorthy, and the boy is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. His father, Rosli Jong, 30, is also in the hospital after he was suspected of contracting the illness. Both were admitted on Sunday.

“I am very satisfied with the intensive treatment the hospital provided him and I am impressed with the commitment, treatment and personal care he received,” the minister said. “Rosli will be placed nearer his son after he is discharged.”
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REMAINS FOUND ON TREES

On Wednesday, police discovered four bodies and identified them as Din Hamdan, 18, Safia Papan, 18, Fayah Papan, 19, and Jais Keladi, 55.

Din’s body was found beneath a tree, with his bones scattered while the bodies of Safia, Fayah and Jais were found placed on trees and covered with mats.

Other skeletal remains, believed to belong to someone from the Batek tribe, were also found on Wednesday scattered on the ground and on a tree, said Kelantan Police Chief Hasanuddin Hassan.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/orang-asli-deaths-bodies-remains-kuala-koh-kelantan-11624984

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14 June 2019

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Latest statistics obtained at the media centre here reveal that up to June 13, a total of 103 Orang Asli have received treatment, out of which 56 as outpatients while 42 were placed in normal wards and five more in the intensive care units of the Gua Musang hospital, Kuala Krai hospital and the Raja Perempuan Zainab II (HRPZII) hospital in Kota Baru.They comprise 50 male and 53 female patients, of which 53 were children. ― Bernamahttps://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/06/14/cops-say-three-orang-asli-bodies-sent-to-gua-musang-hospital-for-post-morte/1762269

12 June 2019

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Police today found several bones suspected to be the remains of one of the 14 Bateq tribespeople reported to have died of an unconfirmed disease since early May.

Thus far, postmortems have only been conducted on the bodies of two who died in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, with the cause of death identified as pneumonia.

Kelantan police chief Hasanuddin Hassan explained that three search teams involving police and several other agencies began operations at 2.20pm.

“After two hours we found a corpse in the form of bones scattered on the ground,” he told a press conference at the operations control centre at Felda Aring 10.

“The body was placed on a tree, before it decayed and fell to the ground.

“It is possible that the body had been tampered with by wild beasts.”

The traditional burial practice of the Bateq is for the corpse to be wrapped in tree bark and carried across a river, which according to their belief system, prevents the spirit from returning to the village.

The body is then harnessed to a tall tree in the burial area using vines, and is left there to decompose. Burial grounds are considered taboo by the Bateq.

Hasanuddin said the bones were located between six and seven kilometres from the operations centre.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/479406

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11 June 2019

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Johan Halid of Sahabat Jariah said even as far back as in 2010, the water source had been polluted due to deforestation in Kuala Koh.

“We have been going in to visit the Bateq community here for more than 10 years to provide all kinds of assistance.
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He also said that among the 300 villagers, the oldest are around 58 and 60. The rest are mostly in their 20s and 30s.
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“There are about 2,000 of them in the whole of the peninsula. Bateq are the most primitive among all the Orang Asli tribes, but the Bateq people in Kuala Koh are the worst-off.

“They are illiterate and malnou­rished. The Bateq people in Aring Lima, which is two hours away, are better off,” said Johan.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/06/11/a-tribe-thats-fast-disappearing/#qvOtsqOI4Getv8fz.99

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10 June 2019

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Police: Operation to find graves of 12 Orang Asli in Gua Musang to begin tomorrow

GUA MUSANG, June 10 — The police operation to locate the graves of 12 Orang Asli from the Batek tribe who were said to have died of pneumonia and buried in the customary way in the jungle at Kampung Kuala Koh here over the past month, will begin tomorrow.

Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the operation would involve 30 members of the General Operation Force and policemen from Gua Musang District Police headquarters (IPD).

He said several Orang Asli headmen would also join in the operation as they were more well-versed in all aspects of the jungle.

Once located, he said the bodies of the Orang Asli would be exhumed and sent to the Gua Musang Hospital for autopsy to ascertain the actual cause of their death.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/06/10/police-operation-to-find-graves-of-12-orang-asli-in-gua-musang-to-begin-tom/1760822

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https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/nasional/2019/06/572613/peka-gesa-orang-asli-suku-batek-dipindah-ke-lokasi-selamat

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 10 — The government has sequestered an Orang Asli village in Kelantan where at least two residents have died of an undetermined illness.

In a press conference today, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said this was to facilitate investigations and prevent the possibility of disease outbreaks.

Medical investigations are still ongoing and the exact reason for the deaths is still unknown, the minister added.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/06/10/authorities-quarantine-orang-asli-village-in-kelantan-after-mysterious-deat/1760693

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9 June 2019

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Minister confirms deaths of 14 Orang Asli from Kg Kuala Koh

PETALING JAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy has confirmed that 14 Orang Asli villagers from Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, have died from an illness believed to be pneumonia.

Waytha, who is en route to visit the patients and the villagers, said 83 villagers are being treated, with 37 receivng outpatient treatment and 46 being hospitalised.

Of those hospitalised, two are in serious condition — a 36-year-old woman and a 3-year-old child.

However, police claimed they had information that only three Orang Asli had died from the respiratory illness, including one who died this morning at the Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II in Kota Bharu.

District police chief Mohd Taufik Maidin said a post-mortem on two of these cases showed their lungs were infected.

He hoped the residents will inform police if anybody died in the village for proper investigations to be carried out.

He said 119 Orang Asli had been taken from the village for treatment over the past week.

zkk.jpgThe Orang Asli preparing a grave to bury one of their dead at Kampung Koh, Gua Musang.

Speaking to FMT, Waytha said he was informed that some of those who died were travelling by foot from the Taman Negara area in Pahang towards Kelantan.

“During the journey, they passed away and were buried along the way.”

Waytha said he had just met Kelantan state health director Dr Zaini Hussin, together with his team of medical specialists, to get an update on the situation.

“Two post-mortems have been carried out and the cause of deaths, I was told, is pneumonia,” he said, adding the villagers were also found to be malnourished.

Preventive measures were being taken, he said, including the screening of the villagers, active case detection, isolation of those affected and hospitalisation.

He said certain types of pneumonia may be contagious and this was why the isolation of those affected was needed.

“The state Health Department is visiting the village every two to three days to monitor the situation.”

Waytha said at this point, the cause of the sudden illness was still being investigated.

Minister confirms deaths of 14 Orang Asli from Kg Kuala Koh

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8 June 2019

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GUA MUSANG: Two Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh here died of viral infections in the lungs which cause severe coughing, police said, and not of any “mysterious disease”.

Gua Musang police chief Taufik Maidin also clarified that two people died, not 13 as alleged in media reports.

A 30-year-old man died on May 29 and a 21-year-old woman died yesterday.

“The post mortem results showed that they died of a severe coughing fit and not of any mysterious disease.

“In fact, investigations found that there are many other members of the community who have been suffering the same illness, including 31 who are currently receiving treatment,” he told Bernama.

He said 13 people have been warded at Gua Musang hospital: two in critical condition were transferred to Kuala Krai hospital, while the rest received out-patient treatment at the Aring 1 and Chiku 3 health clinics.

The Kelantan-Terengganu Orang Asli Development Department is awaiting a full report on allegations that 13 Orang Asli residents had died within a month.

Hashim Alang Abdul Hamid, director of the department, said he only received two death reports so far, but investigations were being done to ascertain the actual situation and to get the names of those who allegedly have died.

Cops say lung infection caused Orang Asli deaths

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KOTA BHARU: Urgent action must be taken on health threats to the Bateq tribe of the Orang Asli community in Kuala Koh, says Kelantan Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Senator Husam Musa.

Husam said investigations should be carried out if the deaths of the community members were due to the contamination of a pond they depended on as their water source.

“Immediate measures to supply clean water should be implemented and the impact of the nearby iron ore mining plant should also be investigated and addressed.

“It is an unfortunate event that the Orang Asli community, which is lagging behind in all aspects, is forced to face another hardship to the extent of losing their family members, including children to the illness.

“More important is that the surviving members of the community can be saved,” he said in a statement here today.

He also called on all the relevant agencies to look into the issue and take proactive measures to save the victims.

Husam calls for urgent action after Orang Asli deaths in Kuala Koh

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GUA MUSANG: Polis menafikan 2 penduduk Orang Asli yang meninggal dunia di Kampung Kuala Koh, pada 29 Mei lepas dan semalam berpunca sakit misteri.

Ketua Polis Daerah Gua Musang, Taufik Maidin berkata kedua-dua mangsa, seorang lelaki berusia 30 tahun yang meninggal dunia pada 29 Mei lepas dan gadis berusia 21 tahun itu yang meninggal dunia pukul 4 petang semalam di kampung tersebut adalah kerana jangkitan kuman di paru-paru yang menyebabkan batuk teruk.

“Hasil bedah siasat yang dijalankan ke atas kedua-dua mayat di Hospital Gua Musang mendapati kedua-duanya meninggal dunia kerana batuk teruk dan bukan kerana sebarang sakit misteri.

“Malah, siasatan yang dijalankan turut mendapati ramai lagi anggota masyarakat itu yang mengidap penyakit sama termasuk 31 orang yang sedang menerima rawatan ketika ini,” katanya ketika dihubungi, hari ini.

Taufik berkata 13 daripada mereka menerima rawatan di Hospital Gua Musang manakala 2 yang kritikal dihantar ke Hospital Kuala Krai dan selebihnya menerima rawatan di Klinik Kesihatan Aring 1 dan Klinik Kesihatan Chiku 3 sebagai pesakit luar.

Beliau turut menafikan dakwaan penduduk Orang Asli di perkampungan itu yang menyatakan 13 orang sudah meninggal dunia akibat penyakit tersebut memandangkan pihaknya hanya menerima laporan kematian 2 orang sahaja setakat ini.

Katanya pihaknya juga sentiasa memantau perkembangan penyakit itu dengan agensi berkaitan bagi memastikan mereka yang dijangkiti menerima rawatan segera.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JAKOA) Kelantan/Terengganu Hashim Alang Abdul Hamid berkata pihaknya juga belum menerima laporan penuh berhubung dakwaan 13 kematian penduduk Orang Asli dalam tempoh sebulan lepas akibat jangkitan kuman.

Beliau berkata setakat ini pihaknya hanya menerima laporan 2 kematian sahaja namun menegaskan perkara itu sedang disiasat termasuk mendapatkan senarai nama lengkap mereka yang meninggal dunia.

Polis nafi 2 Orang Asli mati kerana penyakit misteri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KEMATIAN misteri 13 penduduk masyarakat Orang Asli Bateq di Gua Musang sejak lebih sebulan lalu dikaitkan dengan sumber air yang disyaki tercemar akibat perlombongan.

Kira-kira 50 penduduk dari Kampung Kuala Koh itu juga dibawa menerima rawatan dan tiga daripadanya masih dalam keadaan kritikal, lapor Astro Awani.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/bahasa/s/159754

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GUA MUSANG: Masyarakat orang asli di Kampung Kuala Koh di sini menderita penyakit misteri yang meragut nyawa.

Sepanjang bulan Ramadan lalu, seramai 13 penduduk orang asli suku kaum Bateq di sini termasuk seorang kanak-kanak berusia 1 tahun didakwa meninggal dunia akibat penyakit misteri tersebut.

Semalam satu lagi kematian dilaporkan membabitkan seorang penduduk wanita berusia 22 tahun.

Penduduk orang asli di Kampung Kuala Koh kini hidup dalam kebimbangan apabila seorang demi seorang saudara mereka meninggal dunia dan mereka seolah-olah ‘menunggu masa kematian’.

zq1`.jpgOrang asli Kuala Koh bergantung kepada sumber air tandak. – Foto Sinar Harian

Mereka mendakwa kematian itu berpunca daripada sumber air tandak yang digunakan untuk aktiviti seharian.

Penghulu Kampung Kuala Koh, Mamat Pokok ketika ditemui berkata, seramai 30 penduduk dibawa ke Klinik Kesihatan Aring 1 dan Chiku 03.

Katanya, seramai 14 penduduk telah dibawa ke Hospital Gua Musang (HGM) dan tiga lagi yang agak kritikal telah dihantar ke Hospital Kuala Krai (HKK).

“Sejak awal Ramadan lalu, penduduk mula diserang penyakit. Kami syak ia berpunca daripada sumber air tandak yang tercemar.

“Kampung ini ada 223 penduduk dan 57 ketua isi rumah. Bagaimanapun, lebih separuh daripada kami kini sedang bertarung nyawa.

“Sumber air tandak kami tercemar dengan sisa perlombongan bijih besi yang telah beroperasi sejak empat tahun lalu,” katanya.

zq2.jpgSumber air tandak yang digunakan penduduk orang asli. – Foto Sinar Harian

Katanya, awal Ramadan lalu hanya beberapa penduduk dijangkiti penyakit itu namun seminggu kemudian bilangannya bertambah.

“Kami berharap pihak berwajib membantu dan datang ke kampung kami untuk menyiasat perkara berkenaan,” katanya.

Terdahulu, kira-kira 120 penduduk kampung sama membabitkan 30 keluarga diserang penyakit misteri apabila kulit mereka bersisik, bernanah dan berkudis sejak beberapa bulan lalu.

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