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Education and Health Awareness Among Indigenious People: A Study in Perak, Malaysia.

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Author Edwin Michael, Eng May Chuen
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 745-749
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 8
Issue Date October 01, 2012
Publishing Date October 01, 2012
Keywords education benefits, health awareness, Indigenous people, Malaysia



Abstract

Malaysia a multi-ethnic country is famously dubbed the melting pot of Southeast Asia. Rich with its diverse cultures and traditions we have always been the centre of tourism attraction. Unfortunately, what some Malaysians tend to overlook is the almost-forgotten ethnic amidst our society-Orang Asli. They are the “original people” or “first people” in Malaysia. Although supposedly the Bumiputeras, they are now considered the minorities and have since been not given their rightful privileges. This paper investigated the education benefits and health benefits distributions amongst the Orang Asli. This qualitative researches study comprising 20 respondents respectively. Based on our results, it was found that majority of the Orang Asli were unhappy with the current benefits they were given and the way they are being treated. They expressed deep dissatisfaction on how their children were not given adequate help from the school officials regarding their poor academic performance. Not only have these students been neglected but to make matters worse some had to tolerate physical and verbal abuses from their schoolmates. On the other hand, the Orang Asli do not receive special medical treatments or free check-ups. They are still left in the dark and unaware of certain diseases that may pose a danger to them. Having to travel miles away to the nearest clinic or hospital is definitely a burden to them.


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