Mental Health Through The Eyes Of The OA

Mental health is a universal concern, impacting individuals irrespective of their background or lifestyle. However, perceptions of mental health vary among people, and they encounter distinct challenges in addressing it. Indigenous communities, with their distinctive cultures and ways of life, offer a unique perspective on mental health. They show us that mental health isn’t a […]

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Meet Amos, A Melai Youth Who Overcame Education Challenges And Now Works for OA Organik 

Historically, Orang Asli (OA) communities have grappled with educational disparities, primarily due to geographic isolation and economic disadvantages. For generations, OAs have struggled to access quality education perpetuating a cycle of poverty and limiting employment opportunities for their families. In response to these disparities, the nation has made concerted efforts to improve education access for […]

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Through the Eyes of the Orang Asli: Exploring Merdeka and Malaysia’s Significance

Every year on August 31st, the streets burst into life with vibrant parades adorned with intricate floats, featuring schoolchildren and police contingents marching in unity. Across the nation, main roads are temporarily closed to accommodate a grand celebration that proudly showcases Malaysia’s rich culture and heritage. Yet, deep within the tranquil forest, the festivities take […]

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7 Things Orang Asli Would Like Malaysians To Know 

Orang Asli, the indigenous people of Malaysia, has long been shrouded in mystery due to their unique cultural practices and traditional way of life. This mystery has often given rise to misconceptions and assumptions about the Orang Asli, with many Malaysians having little understanding or appreciation of their diverse cultural heritage and the challenges they […]

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What Really Happens When OA Villages Are Flooded?

Every year the monsoon season brings significant challenges and destruction to Orang Asli (OA) communities living in rural Pahang. As the impact of climate change grows, these OA communities have developed coping strategies and techniques through a process of innovation and adaptation – based on personal experience and past lessons learned.  Linggi Ali, a 65-year-old […]

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OA Communities On Edge Every Time It Rains 

The Orang Asli (OA) in Kampung Melai can tell when there is an impending flood. They call it “tagar” when thunder is booming and the forest floor is filled with fallen branches, twigs and leaves. When their instincts are wrong, the OA turn to local shamans or “puyang” to predict impending floods or natural disasters.  […]

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Orang Asli Flood Relief Report

FLOOD RELIEF TO KAMPUNG OA TEMELONG, KARAK, PAHANG(TEMELONG INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ VILLAGE) 10th January 2022 The recent flood has been devastating to the OA Temuan (Temuan indigenous peoples) in Kampung Telemong (Temelong Village) near Karak, Pahang with their houses being destroyed by the unleashed forces of nature. With rapidly rising waters in the early morning hours, […]

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