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Who are the Bajau Laut and why destroy their houses?


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Recently, the Bajau Laut community in Semporna, Sabah were evicted from their homes by the authorities. The indigenous stateless population saw their stilt and boathouses demolished and burned down, leaving them with nothing and nowhere to go.

So why was this done? Is it because of national and state security, a reason so often given by the political elites?

Well, a few days after the eviction, news broke that a 21-acre Housing and Urban Development Board (LPPB) land in Kampung Air, Semporna will be turned into a RM478m township to meet tourist demands.

So, what does peace and justice for the Bajau Laut community look like?

BFM speaks to Wan Shakila Adiela Wan Azmi, a member of Borneo Komrad. Borneo Komrad is an initiative of students and young people from Sabah to build social advocacy such as education, culture and human rights. They run a school called sekolah alternatif (alternative school) to empower Bajau Laut children and teenagers.

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24 Jun 2024 1.32pm

I remember reading in Tawarikh, history text book, when I was in primary 4, names of ingenious tribes or irang asli of Malaya namely; Sakai, Bajau laut, Senoi and Jakun. It came out in the ujian. I am 62 years old this year.

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