Orang Asli plant own crops amid MCO for better health, income


Aminah Farid

Some Orang Asli have resorted to planting their own food due to food scarcity and unemployment during the MCO, which unexpectedly resulted in better nutrition and income. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, August 21, 2020.

THE Covid-19 pandemic and movement restrictions have brought a fortunate turn for some Orang Asli in Muadzam Shah, Pahang, who began growing their own food and are now enjoying the benefits of extra income and improved diets.

Tapioca and rice had been the daily staple in the early days of the movement-control order (MCO), which began on March 18, and supplies soon ran out.


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