An initiative to help Orang Asli families in Malaysia wins three awards in international competition

JSGM - which uses the Malaysian rainforest as its venue - enables the Orang Asli to showcase their jungle skills and earn an income at the same time. Photo: The Star/SS Kanesan

The Jungle School Gombak Malaysia (JSGM) in Selangor, does the Orang Asli community in Malaysia proud, by winning three awards in the fifth edition of the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCan 2020). JSGM won the Gold Medal Award in the preliminary rounds, and the Special Award and Committee Choice Award in the finals last month.

“This is a great international recognition for JSGM. We were very happy to win a gold award in the preliminary judging, and didn’t expect to also win the additional two awards in the finals ... we’re overwhelmed with happiness and surprise,” says JSGM founder and advisor Dr Norzalifa Zainal Abidin.

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