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After years of neglect, simmering calls from Cameron's Orang Asli for change

Annabelle Lee
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CAMERON POLLS | No roads, no healthcare, and no government.

This is the common refrain of the Orang Asli community who live in areas accessible only by four-wheel drives in Cameron Highlands.

Yet after six decades of neglect, voting records show that the Orang Asli – who form close to a quarter of the electorate – have consistently been the staunchest supporters of BN.

Now that BN no longer controls the federal agency which the Orang Asli depend on, where will the allegiance of the community in Cameron Highlands and Jelai lie?

In Kampung Janggap, a 35km ride along a bumpy dirt road from the nearest town of Sungai Koyan, Malaysiakini witnessed several Orang Asli tok batin (village chiefs) sharing tales of empowerment and grit at a Harapan campaign event last Wednesday...

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