Reimagining Inclusive Development: A Spatial Justice and Multidimensional Poverty Perspective on the Orang Asli in Malaysia
1. Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, England
2. Department of Sociology, University of Essex, England
3. Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Masni A/P Mat Dong is a lecturer at Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology, Pahang. She is a member of the Jakun tribe and through her research on “Reimagining Inclusive Development: A Spatial Justice and Multidimensional Poverty Perspective on the Orang Asli in Malaysia”, plans to uplift the quality of Orang Asli lives in Malaysia.
She is looking to undergo her attachment at Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, England with the aim to study the spatial injustice and multidimensional poverty of the Orang Asli. Due to their remote locations, the Orang Asli face numerous obstacles and challenges such as displacement of numerous communities and the loss of their cultural heritage.
With this attachment, Masni seeks to address the various forms of inequality and their impact on the well-being of the Orang Asli. These include the implementation of policy interventions that address the root cause of spatial injustice and poverty among the Orang Asli, such as securing land rights, providing basic infrastructure, and fostering sustainable livelihoods to enhance their quality of life.
She aims to empower Orang Asli to participate in decision-making processes through participatory and inclusive approaches that acknowledges the culture, history, and values.
Through this attachment, Masni seeks to gain insight and knowledge on comprehensive and holistic approaches that addresses the underlying causes of spatial injustice and multidimensional poverty faced by the Orang Asli in Malaysia.