Not all Orang Asli households receiving food aid despite minister's assurances - NGO

Hidir Reduan Abdul Rashid

Modified 9 Apr 2020, 2:20 pm

CORONAVIRUS | Despite Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s assurance today that the government is supplying food to the Orang Asli during the movement control order (MCO) period, aid did not reach all groups within the community, claimed the Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC).

The NGO was responding to Ismail Sabri’s reported statement over the matter today, which the group said contrasted with a report by online news portal Malaysian Insight that the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa) faced restrictions in trying to channel aid to the community nationwide during the MCO.

Through a posting titled “Who are we to believe?” on its official Facebook page today, COAC said: “It is clear that not all Orang Asli have been reached...

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