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‘Sakai’ slurs, bullying, religious conversion - what Orang Asli face in school

Bullying, discrimination and the fear of losing their identity are among the push factors causing Orang Asli children to drop out of school, a forum heard today.

According to the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa), secondary school dropout rates in the community has been on the rise and was 51.06 percent in 2018.

All panellists discussing “Orang Asli and Schooling” this morning shared how indigenous children were being called derogatory names and even physically bullied in school due to their identities...

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