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The Orang Asli have protested that without a harvest they will starve but say that they will cooperate if the government will provide them with a minimal amount of food: one sack of rice per family! Their children are already the most malnourished in the country, with a third to half showing evidence of severe malnutrition. The government has summarily and contemptuously rejected this option. (For documentation of this story, see the June 15 Star (Msia) feature story on "the Haze" at http://www.thestar.com.my).
Your reputation for concern with the "little guy" prompts me to ask you to intervene in this threatened cruelty before the children start dying, by (1) drawing the attention of your colleagues to this matter and (2) perhaps having a staffer contact the Malaysian embassy in the easiest way and indicating your interest in the matter.
The people involved are, anthropologists say, the most peaceful known. Killing them off seems inappropriate. Maybe we could learn something from them.
Story submitted by Andii