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Boat Gift Brings Relief For Orang Asli Schoolchildren

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JERANTUT – The MYCorps, the premier platform for Malaysian youths to serve and create an impact, has brought some relief to the Batek community of Orang Asli in Kampung Aur in terms of sending their children to school.

The MYCorps Volunteer Youth Club has donated a boat to take the nine schoolchildren from Kampung Aur to Kampung Dedari, a transit point, before boarding a contracted boat to Sekolah Kebangsaan Kuala Tahan.

MYCorps Alumni vice-chairman Amir Junaidi Amerrudin said the donated boat came with a 15hp outboard motor and safety jackets.

MYCorps had to donate the boat after the contractor engaged by the Department of Orang Asli Development (Jakoa) to ferry the children to school declined to provide the service since last month, claiming that Kampung Aur was far too remote, he said.

As a result, the Orang Asli children had been unable to attend school for the past two months as they had no boat to make the 30-minute river trip to Kampung Dedari, he told Bernama after handing over the boat at SK Kuala Tahan.

Amir said it was hoped that Jakoa and NGOs would help the Orang Asli community by supplying the diesel fuel for the boat.

Sena, the ‘tok batin’ (chief) of the community, expressed relief over the gift of the boat and hoped that NGOs could donate one or two more boats for the use of the schoolchildren.

“It is our hope, one day, to manage the school transport of our children by ourselves without having to depend on a third party. We only ask for the diesel aid,” he said.

The Small Changes NGO has provided school paraphernalia to the community while the Dentistry for the Needy body of the Islamic Dental Association of Malaysia (IDAM) has conducted dental examination for free for the Orang Asli children. – BERNAMA



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