Motivating the Orang Asli


Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan’s (YBU) efforts in connecting with the Orang Asli community continues with yet another motivational course in Langkawi recently. This time around, the foundation has the tacit support of Yayasan Perak and the Perak Education Department. The 5-day course, held at a renowned resort in Kuah, Langkawi, was attended by 117 primary school students from the community. Dato’ Zainal Abidin Omar, Chief Executive Officer of YBU, officiated at the opening ceremony. The reason for having the course in Langkawi said Dato’ Zainal was to provide them the opportunity to see the country. The island resort was chosen for its popularity and appeal. Zainal stressed the importance of education and how it could ensure one’s future. “You’ll be looked upon by your community and be a role model for the rest to emulate,” he reminded the young participants. He warned them regarding the dangers caused by truancy and how such negative behaviour would affect them. Present at the programme launch was the General Manager of Yayasan Perak, Dato’ Jamil Mat Kasa. The participants were later taken on a sight-seeing tour of the island.