A special seminar for tok batins (Orang Asli village heads) was officiated by Chief Minister Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir recently. The one-day seminar, held at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel and Suites, was attended by some 100 tok batins from various parts of the state. The Orang Asli population in Perak presently stands at 54,515. They are located in 254 villages and each village is headed by a tok batin. The objective of the forum was to familiarise participants with the demographic makeover of Sabah ahead of their planned trip to the Land Beneath the Wind.
It is hoped that the trip, which is fully sponsored by the state government, will inspire the tok batins to be role models in promoting the virtues of the Orang Aslis to Sabahans. Its other objective is to provide the participants an opportunity to expand their networking while interacting with their fellow citizens from across the South China Sea. The event was organised by Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli. This is the second time the Perak government has sponsored such a field trip. Last year the tok batins went to Sarawak. Orang Asli students who did well in last year’s SPM Examination received prizes from Zambry during the function.