Several Orang Asli activists believe that the Pos Tohoi Orang Asli Village Security and Development Committee (JKKKOA) chairperson Zainal Chali did not represent most of his villagers in claiming that they were willing to relocate.
According to Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM) deputy secretary Jamali Ayau, Zainal did not discuss the matter with Pos Tohoi, Gua Musang villagers.
A report by Utusan Malaysia quoted Zainal as saying that the 200 Orang Asli families at the settlement were ready to move to make way for the Nenggiri dam project.
Zainal had claimed that the residents have agreed to choose Kampung Kuala Yai as their new settlement if the project were to proceed and that they will move from Pos Tohoi if the government agreed with their conditions.
"Zainal did not obtain feedback from the community. Before planning something, he should have discussed it with the community to see what their decision is," Jamali told Malaysiakini.