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By Paul J. Carnegie, Victor T. King, Zawawi Ibrahim

This publication is a suite of labor through students presently pursuing learn on human defense and insecurities in Southeast Asia. It bargains with a collection of ‘insecurities’ that isn't without difficulty understood or measurable. As such, it conceptually locates the threats and impediments to ‘human safeguard’ inside relationships of chance, uncertainty, protection and belief. whilst, it provides a large choice of investigations and techniques from either localized and local views. by way of concentrating on the human and relational dimensions of insecurities in Southeast Asia it highlights the ways that susceptible and precarious conditions (human insecurities) are a part of way of life for big numbers of individuals in Southeast Asia and are quite often past their fast keep watch over. some of the occasions humans adventure in Southeast Asia signify the genuine results of quite a number mostly unacknowledged socio-cultural-economic adjustments interlinked by way of neighborhood, nationwide, nearby and international forces, components and pursuits. Woven from event and observations of lifestyles at a number of websites in Southeast Asia, the contributions during this quantity provide an inner and significant standpoint to a posh and manifold factor. They draw consciousness to quite a few the less-than-obvious threats to human safeguard and express how puzzling these threats may be. All of which underscores the importance of multidisciplinary methods in rethinking and responding to the complicated array of conditioning elements and pursuits underlying human insecurities in Southeast Asia.

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This sense of political powerlessness, nurtured and conditioned through socialized dependence, is akin to a form of “internal colonialism” and has had long—term effects on the psyche of the Orang Asli people. It is also interesting that both postcolonial and colonial modes of Orang Asli governance depend on almost the same set of legislation. B Hooker 1991). , in cases of Orang Asli “occupied” land including ancestral land or tanah saka being taken over for development purposes, Orang Asli will be compensated not for the value of the land but only for the “trees” that grow on the land.

1 Regional Development It was under the rubric of “regional development,” initiated in the state of Pahang, that the nation-state’s RPS development discourse for the Orang Asli was conceptualized to counter the alleged Orang Asli’s tendency to live “scatteredly” (berselerak) and pursue a “nomadic” living (pindah randah). In its thinking, the ideal scenario would be one in which most, if not all the Orang Asli “scattered” in their traditional villages in the Pahang Southeastern region (Pahang Tenggara), are 3 “Anthropologizing Human Insecurities”: Narrating the Subjugated … 35 eventually resettled in these RPS centers, the latter being the focus of development and infrastructural inputs, built around a plantation crop (oil palm) as the primary source of economic mainstay for the rest of their lives and the generations to come.

O. [Assistant District Officer] but he too couldn’t do anything… He said: Anybody is entitled to apply for Orang Asli land because it has not been gazetted by the government –it is only proposed to be reserved! So I went to consult JOA (the Department of Orang Asli Affairs); Wait, we will bring this matter to the higher authorities, they said but until today, I have heard nothing more. We Orang Asli go back and forth. Maybe we ought to just leave everything and return to what to what we were. If Orang Asli cannot get back this land, then that’s it.

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