SUNGAI SIPUT – They may live in the interior area, but the Orang Asli at Pos Poi are not left behind in technology with the availability of Internet and telephone facilities there.
A resident, Rosli Hitam, 36, said the availability of the facilities had made their life easier.
“Since there is telephone coverage in the village, it makes it easy for us to contact the hospital or the Orang Asli Development Department when there is an emergency.
“Before, we had to carry the patient out of the village to seek help because there was no telephone line,” he said when met by Bernama at a 1Malaysia Community programme in conjunction with Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s Connecting The Unconnected (CTU) programme in Kampung Lalang at Pos Poi yesterday.
He thanked the government for bringing the CTU programme to the village.
“It gives us the opportunity to also enjoy telephone and Internet facilities like those people staying in the urban areas,” he added.
Seri Iskandar Universiti Teknologi Mara graduate, Amik Asod, 22, said the availability of the facilities enabled her to complete her assignment in the comfort of her own house in the village.
“Otherwise, I have to go to the town to have Internet access,” she said.
Amik said that staying in the remote area should no longer be an excuse by the Orang Asli community for them to not succeed in life.
“The Orang Asli can succeed if they study,” she said.
Meanwhile, a senior assistant at Sekolah Kebangsaan Pos Poi, Sharudin Shariff, 35, said more Orang Asli children attended classes now since the school had the Internet facility.
“This technology (Internet) is also important to facilitate learning in school,” he added.
Sharudin said he had been with the school for 13 years.
There are seven villages in Pos Poi, which has a population of about 900 people, mainly from the Temiar tribe.
The villages are Kampung Terhem, Kampung Kabu, Kampung Chat, Kampung Jelwet, Kampung Lalang, Kampung Gerol and Kampung Sanum. – BERNAMA