Lawyer Tan Poh Lai, who is representing all 51 members of the tribe in the nine-year-old case, told reporters today after a case management at Menara Cyberport here that Judge See Mee Chun had encouraged the PTG in its capacity as respondent to engage in at least one discussion with the plaintiff before the next mention of case management, which has been set for Aug 5.
Tan said the plaintiffs comprising the Orang Asli had filed a mandamus application on June 3 for the purposes for settling the matter of land compensation in connection with the High Court decision on Sept 22, 2010 favouring the plaintiffs.
The PTG was represented by lawyer Suhana Sabian in today’s proceedings.
Tan said since the filing on June 3, no representative of the state government or the PTG had contacted the plaintiff to conduct discussions.
"I hope and appeal to the respondent to have discussions with the plaintiff so that this matter can be settled out of court," she said.
Prior to this, the plaintiffs, who were led by Kelah Lah, 38, and Khalip Bachik, 57, had been successful in their 2008 suit against all three defendants comprising the PTG director, Johor Baru City Council and the Orang Asli Affairs Department director-general.
In the September 2010 High Court decision, all Orang Asli plaintiffs were ordered to be compensated in accordance with the Land Acquisition Act 1960 as a result of the wrongful acquisition of their land, and the assessment of damages was ordered to be undertaken by the Johor Bahru Land Administrator.