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By M Manogaran

Plight of Orang Asli - the forgotten community

COMMENT Two parliamentary constituencies with the highest concentration of Orang Asli are Cameron Highlands and Tapah. In Cameron Highlands, for example, the Orang Asli voter population is 5,804 or 20.5 percent of the total number of voters.

In Tapah, the Orang Asli make up about 4,700 voters. These voters, therefore, make up a significant percentage in Cameron Highlands in Pahang and in Tapah, Perak.

In the two weeks of my campaign for the parliamentary seat of Cameron Highlands, I noted that the Orang Asli community lives a completely distinct and alienated life. They live in the interior, where there are no access roads and other basic amenities that we urban folk take for granted...