The Orang Asli village of Pos Raia located 14km from the Simpang Pulai – Cameron Highlands junction will be developed into an Orang Asli Cultural Village. The cultural village, located on a 3-acre site, will have a rest area, hall, museum, handicraft workshop and chalets. The ground-breaking ceremony was officiated by the Minister for Enterprises, Farming and Commodities Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok.
The village is estimated to be completed in early 2013. In his address Dompok stated that the strategic location of the village on the main road between Ipoh and Cameron Highlands would make it a landmark tourist attraction. “In doing so the village will help to promote the value and cultures of the Orang Asli community in the area.”
The project when completed will be run by Yayasan Orang Asli Perak (YOAP), the Perak Orang Asli Foundation together with the mainly Temiar Orang Asli community.
According to Dato’ Suki Mee, the Chairman of YOAP, visitors to the village will not just see the physical way of life but will be able to participate in the culture and customs of the community.
“There are 18 Orang Asli communities residing in the area of which the Temiar and Semai are the majority community. However, the Village will showcase all the cultures of the various communities,” added Suki Mee.
During the event MHC Plantations contributed RM1M towards the project as part of the Company’s CSR initiative. This is the second CSR initiative by the Company having participated in another YOAP programme, the Perak Orang Asli Educational Excellence Centre over a year ago.