The Giveback team quickly assembled its resources in response to the StarMetro’s report on the Orang Asli community in Perak running out of food due to the second movement control order (MCO).
Despite the difficulty of mobilising during the MCO, the team managed to send essential food items that they purchased from Mydin, to the village with the help of Kampung Chang Sungai Gepai Tok Batin Dahil Yok Chopil.
Dahil was thankful for the help.
“I want to thank Giveback and BAC Education Group for their assistance towards the people here in my village. As Tok Batin (village headman) I am very grateful.
“We made sure that we divided the items so that we could give equal distribution to all 183 families,” he told GoodNews.
Dahil was earlier reported to say the food supply in his village was running low due to the MCO and Pandemic. Although there are no Covid-19 cases reported at his village, he said villagers dare not go out as they worry for the safety of their families.
“Since the MCO started on Jan 22, our grocery supplies are running low, ” he said adding that there were three grocery shops located within his village but basic supplies in the shops ran out.
The Orang Asli, the Orang Ulu, and the Anak Negeri groups together constitute the indigenous population of Malaysia.
According to the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA ), as of 2017, the Orang Alsi were estimated to account for around 13.8% of the 31,660,700 million national population.