Six hundred Orang Asli of the Jahut tribe in Kampung Pasu, Pahang, are happy again.
This follows the restoration of water and electricity supply to their village multi-purpose hall after they reached an out-of-court settlement with the state government.
The settlement, containing terms consented to by both parties, was recorded by the Court of Appeal’s three-man panel comprising Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha, Mohamad Apandi Ali and High Court judge Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.
With the settlement, father-and-son appellants Wet Ket and Yaman Ket agreed to withdraw their appeal against the decision of the Temerloh High Court to dismiss their application for a judicial review of the Temerloh district and land office decision to cut water and electricity supply to the hall.
The tribes in that village have used the multi-purpose hall as a community hall, day-care centre and tuition centre for their children. It also functioned as a church to 70 Christians.
The appellants, the district office and the state government came up with the out-of-court settlement after they were requested to do so by Mohamad Apandi who said the matter could be settled and sorted out as it involved basic amenities.