fbpx
Connect with us

Social Stories

Malaysia’s Last Hunter-Gatherers Under Threat Due To Toxic Runoff From Manganese Mines

Published

Malaysia'S Last Hunter-Gatherers Under Threat Due To Toxic Runoff From Manganese Mines - World Of Buzz
Source: Washington Post

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Pollution of mother nature in Malaysia takes center stage yet again as the international newspaper The Washington Post sheds much light on the impact of manganese mines on the Batek of Kuala Koh, Gua Musang.

FYI, manganese is much sought after today as it serves several purposes such as fillers for smartphone batters tables and computers; as well as in the manufacturing of stainless steel and aluminum drink cans.

Recalling reports on local media, Malay Mail on June 30th reported the closure of a manganese mine in Aring 11 Kuala Koh by the Mineral and Geoscience Department as the mining was carried out without permission.

To give an idea how much the mines have impacted the Batek, headmen Mahmet Pokok explained that many began to fall mysteriously ill, whom many believed originated from polluted ravines and water sources filled with toxic waste from the mines, logging, and palm oil plantations.

“They began to fall ill. Soon, people couldn’t breathe.”

“They shriveled and their bodies turned black.”

With the population of the Batek relying mostly on what mother nature provides, as they are known as hunter-gatherers, the mysterious illness left the 186-strong clan with 16 deaths and 100 hospitalized.

The government mentions that four died because of measles, eight due to epidemiological relations to the measles outbreak. The remaining four, however, could not be determined.

Another clansman, Mahmet Om was not convinced of the reports, saying that they knew how to treat measles and that the sickness was new.

To give a clue of what the sickness was like clanswoman Nira recalled symptoms of a swollen throat, blurred vision and suffering aches throughout the body.

Losing two sisters due to the mysterious sickness, she mentions that the nearby mines are to blame, stating “The water tasted bitter and oily. It smelled of petroleum and wood. The water had an oily sheen.”

Being the beneficiaries of Malaysia’s rainforest, the life of the Batek has certainly been hard as logging and expansion of massive palm oil plantation forces them to seek new homes despite assurances that they will not be marginalized.

Things got worse for them when a manganese mine opened up directly above the main water source of Kuala Koh, the Tonduk river.

Mahmet said, “I believe we were poisoned because of the mine. When it rains, we do not use water from Tonduk.” 

With the report claiming that despite the government attributing the deaths to measles, measures have been taken with the funding of an $800,000 power grid and water treatment system.

Seriously, we should really do something about the rampant pollution that are not only impacting mother nature but also Malaysians in the process.

Also read: Heavy Metal Pollution Detected in Teluk Bahang River After Illegal Granite Mining Continues

Life Of The Batek Under Threat Due To Toxic Runoff From Manganese Mines - World Of Buzz

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.



Just In

Feat Image Betul Feat Image Betul
News8 hours ago

Indonesia Overtakes Malaysia as 2nd Best ASEAN Nation in Global Tourism Development Ranking

The World Economic Forum, an international advocacy non-governmental organisation and think-thank, recently released its latest edition of the Travel &...

My Post 1 2024 05 24T162646.754 1 My Post 1 2024 05 24T162646.754 1
News8 hours ago

KL Eatery Defies DBKL by Setting New Up Tents a Week After DBKL Seized Their Old Ones

About a week ago, the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) showcased how they had raided multiple locations and seized tents,...

Collage 5 2 Collage 5 2
News9 hours ago

Starbucks Operator, Berjaya Food, Suffers Nearly RM30 MILLION Loss as Boycott Movements Continue

The ongoing boycott movements have no doubt brought a major loss to many organisations, and Starbucks is among the worst-hit...

My Post 1 2024 05 24T135830.776 My Post 1 2024 05 24T135830.776
News10 hours ago

M’sian Celebrity Chef Called Out Over Racial Thaipusam Comment on Aishwarya Rai’s Dress at Cannes

We often hold celebrities to higher standards due to them having a much bigger platform to spread their influence. So,...

Collage 56 Collage 56
News12 hours ago

M’sian Harvard Law Student Receives US Award for His Success in Winning Cases for Underprivileged Clients

Being a law student isn’t just about hitting the books. It’s about putting in the time and effort, staying sharp...

Feat Image Kb Feat Image Kb
News12 hours ago

Study: Kota Bharu is Southeast Asia’s 16th Best City, Above Chiang Mai, Surabaya, Cebu & More!

Malaysian cities feature prominently in the latest edition of the Oxford Economics Global Index, an index which ranks the top...

Collage 55 Collage 55
News15 hours ago

Study: Malaysia Ranks 8th Among the Most Unsafe Countries for Women in Southeast Asia

There’s nothing inherently wrong with living in Malaysia. Despite being blessed with good food and fine weather all year round,...

Collage 3 2 Collage 3 2
News1 day ago

“Keep boycotting” – Dr Akmal is NOT Happy About KK Mart’s Expanded Business in Uzbekistan

KK Mart once again made headlines but in a rather inspiring way. PMX’s recent visit to Uzbekistan was accompanied by...

Announcement

Latest Videos



TRENDING TODAY