Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) Johor director Faisal Long said to date, the department was satisfied that they have abided by the MCO since its implementation on March 18.
“We hope they will continue to follow the order and stay at home to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” he said when contacted.
Faisal also advised them to be prudent and spend their money only on essential items such as food, face masks and hand sanitiser.
He said the RM1,000 penalty imposed on those caught flouting the MCO was a big sum.
He said Jakoa had distributed food baskets to 3,786 Orang Asli families earlier and later to another batch involving 3,900 recipients.
Faisal said the food baskets were placed at a community hall or the village head’s house.
“Only one person from a family is allowed to come to the community hall or the house to collect the food baskets,” he said.
Faisal said the items in the food basket were 15kg rice bag, 2kg cooking oil, 2kg sugar, 1kg flour, 1kg salt, a can of sardine, tea leaves and condensed milk.
He said the Orang Asli villagers had erected a temporary barrier at the entrance to their village to prevent outsiders from coming in.
Faisal said there were about 15,867 Orang Asli living in 60 villages in the state.
He said they comprise five ethnic groups namely Jakun, Orang Kuala, Orang Seletar, Temuan and Kanaq.
He said the Kluang district has the highest number of Orang Asli villages in Johor with 12 villages, followed by Mersing and Segamat with nine villages each respectively.Others are Johor Baru and Pasir Gudang with eight, Batu Pahat and Muar, each with six, five in Kota Tinggi, three in Tangkak and Muar with two villages.
“Most of villagers are farmers and fishermen or those who depend on jungle produce,” said Faisal.
He said apart from Jakoa, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and corporate bodies in Johor had reached out to help the Orang Asli under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes and initiatives.
Those who plan to assist Orang Asli must first contact Jakoa Johor office or call Faisal at 010-666 6371.
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