Jakoa to come to the aid of Orang Seletar

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 30 Mar 2020

Johan (left) and Mohd Fuzi have been going out to the sea daily to fish.

JOHOR BARU: The Orang Seletar of Kampung Orang Asli Bakar Batu Perling are fortunate to be able to fish during the on-going movement control order (MCO).

Friends Mohd Fuzi Abdullah and Johan Majid said they only went out to fish at the nearby Danga Bay waters located about two kilometres away from their village.

Mohd Fuzi, 30, said prior to the MCO, they would head to Gelang Patah by boat, about 13km from the village, to fish.

“Both of us have been going out to the sea daily since day one of the restriction order, ’’ he said.

Mohd Fuzi, who works as a cleaner at a school in Jalan Yahya Aldatar near here, said they left home at around 7am and come back by noon.

He said sometimes they were lucky to come back with some catch.

“Some days we return empty-handed even after spending hours fishing.

“Today we were lucky as we got about 2kg of catfish which we will divide equally, ’’ said Mohd Fuzi.

Lorry driver Johan, 27, said they considered themselves lucky as they have permanent jobs unlike most of the Orang Seletar who were mostly fishermen.

“Many, especially the younger generation, can no longer depend on the sea for a livelihood, ’’ he said.

Johor Baru district Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) officer Mohd Yazid Beram said the department was finalising details to assist Orang Seletar in Johor Baru.

“We hope to give out the financial assistance and distribute essential items to them soon, ’’ he said.

Mohd Yazid advised Orang Seletar, in eight villages in the district, to stay home during the MCO and prevent outsiders from entering their villages.

He said there were some 3,000 Orang Seletar living in the eight villages.

He said Jakoa has issued directives to all village heads to put up temporary barricades to prevent outsiders from entering the villages until April 14.

The villages are Kampung Pasir Salam, Ulu Tiram, Kampung Kuala Masai, Kampung Teluk Jawa, Permas, Kampung Bakar Batu Perling, Kampung Sungai Tenum, Danga, Kampung Simpang Arang, Gelang Patah, Kampung Teluk Kabung and Kampung Pasir Putih, both in Pasir Gudang.

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