A carnival to showcase Orang Asli’s cultural heritage and delights was held at the TNB Padang in Kuala Woh, Tapah recently. The event’s significance became more meaningful as it was held in conjunction with Visit Perak Year 2012. The Perak State Government, through Tourism Perak, approved a sum of RM150,000, which was given to the Batang Padang District Office, the organiser of the carnival.
Dubbed “Karnival Kebudayaan Orang Asli 2012” (Orang Asli Cultural Carnival 2012), the one-day festival began in earnest and ended well past midnight the same day. Some of the highlights were a blow-pipe competition, handicrafts and photo exhibitions, sales of jungle products and a futsal tournament. At night entertainment programmes were held to keep the 3,000-odd visitors occupied.
The main attraction of the carnival, however, was the two-waterfall expedition which saw some 200 participants trekking from a start point near Lata Kinjang to Lata Iskandar. They traversed a thickly wooded jungle track leading to the asli settlement at Sungai Lerek, where they spent a night before proceeding to Lata Iskandar, along the Tapah-Cameron Highlands road, the following morning.
Dato’ Hamidah flagged off the trekkers prior to making an appearance at Kuala Woh. It was a groundbreaking moment, as a carnival of such magnitude has yet to be held in Tapah.