How the Orang Asli in Pahang weathered the MCO

Aminah Farid

Pak Long, 71, with his wife in Kg Teraling. The family depend on their rubber plantation and could not sell their produce during the MCO. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, August 21, 2020.

WHILE Covid-19 shut down most of the economy, especially during the movement-control order, Orang Asli tribes in villages close to Maudzam Shah in Pahang managed to weather the impact by grabbing job opportunities in jungles and plantations.

The Malaysian Insight visited four Orang Asli kampung in the Muadzam Shah district and found the villagers in good spirits as they could cushion the impact of the pandemic through hard work and with aid from civil society groups and the government.

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