Oft-marginalised and under-represented, many Orang Asli communities live without simple and basic necessities and rights that other Malaysians enjoy and take for granted.
Orang Asli are the indigenous peoples of Peninsular Malaysia, and literally means “Natural People” in Malay.
Sadly, despite being natives of the Peninsular, most Orang Asli still live in rural areas, with the poverty rate amongst them as high as 76.9%.
The Bar Council’s Charity Dinner
This December, the Bar Council’s Committee on Orang Asli Rights (COAR) will be hosting a fund-raising charity dinner for the Orang Asli community in conjunction with the United Nations International Human Rights Day that will fall on December 10.
Using the theme “#getAsli”, it will be held at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa on Dec 8.
Getting Real with Orang Asli issues
The organisers express their hope that the use of the theme “#getAsli” would inspire people to “get real” and be more aware of the difficulties fraught by the Orang Asli in Malaysia.
COAR hopes to assist the Orang Asli community with securing their livelihoods and strengthening their traditional culture.
Through this event, proceeds will be used to fund activities by the committee to assist with the Orang Asli community development, non-formal education of women and children, and leadership training.
Aside from a video presentation of Malaysia’s indigenous communities, there will also be live performances by Orang Asli artistes to introduce their culture and heritage.
Additionally, there will also be an auction of at least three pieces of art from top local artists. Acclaimed Malaysian cartoonist Zunar, winner of the CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award, will be there to showcase his artistic skills as well as auction off one of his artworks.
How you can contribute
Individual tickets for the charity dinner are priced at RM250 each or RM2,500 for a table. Allianz Insurance is the main donor of the event.
Other memorabilia to be sold include #getAsli badges, which are RM 3 each; and round and v-neck T-shirts, which will be sold for RM 20 and RM 25 respectively.
Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru will also be delivering a short speech at the event.
Those interested in attending can contact the following Bar Council staff:
Members of the public who would like to donate to the Committee on Orang Asli Rights can do so through:
For more information, you may visit their Facebook Event Page here.