Empowering Orang Asli

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Kampung Ampang Who in Tapah experienced a carnival-like atmosphere when the villagers and members of the Perak Bar celebrated the annual Orang Asli Project aptly themed, “Jom Ketahui Hak Anda Bersama Badan Peguam Perak” (Know Your Rights) with much merriment.

In his welcoming speech, the Perak Legal Aid Centre’s Chairman, Hj Mad Diah Endut, thanked Tok Batin Bah Jenaja for hosting the event, which was launched by the Perak Bar Committee Chairman, Vivekanandan Periasamy.

Empowering Orang Asli

Amani Williams-Hunt (Bah Tony) spoke on Orang Asli Land Rights in his native Semai dialect. Siti Kasim touched on the Constitutional Rights of Orang Asli. Gokoolaram spoke on the services of the legal-aid bureau. This was followed by a skit on arrests, making police reports, remand, charge and trial by chambering students.

After lunch the villagers took part in a tele-match. The men partook in a blow-pipe contest while the ladies participated in a weaving and a musical chairs contest.

The event was the culmination of the Perak’s Legal Aid Council’s year-long law awareness programme under the Orang Asli Project. Its singular objective is to empower the Orang Asli on their rights.

Ed