KAMPUNG Tenau orang asli villagers will soon have better access to healthcare as Yayasan myNADI seeks to improve the condition of roads leading to the village.
There is currently no proper road but only a muddy pathway that leads to the village located near the Perak-Pahang border in Ulu Slim, Tanjung Malim.
Village chief Yok Komlok Yok Sentor, 46, said the pathway was so slippery and muddy on rainy days that it was impassable even by four-wheel-drive vehicles.
“Villagers are forced to avoid the large holes and steep drops at the side of the 26km-long pathway, which can be very dangerous.
“Last year alone, there were three deaths as a result of accidents along the pathway,” he said.
Yok Komlok added that it was a three-hour motorcycle ride to the nearest hospital, the Slim River Hospital.
“In times of medical emergency, there were pregnant mothers who could not endure the ride and succumbed to death along the way,” he said.
According to Yok Komlok, there were times when villagers survived on eating tapioca for days when they could not ride out of the village to buy rice.
“It is difficult to carry a 10kg packet of rice on the motorcycle while riding along the raod.
“A proper road will not only give us better access to healthcare but it will also enable us to transport essential supplies and allow us to sell our produce such as petai outside the village,” he said.
Yayasan myNADI chairman Datuk Dr Jeyaindran Sinnadurai, who announced an allocation of RM100,000 for the construction of a proper road during his visit last Sunday, said work would be carried out to fill up the large holes with soil while covering parts of the pathway with crusher run.
“We heard about the villagers’ plight about a month ago and as a social enterprise that seeks to help underprivileged communities, we want to ensure that the villagers are not left out in the country’s development.
“Upgrading of the pathway will allow villagers to experience a safer and smoother journey. We will be able to reduce the three-hour journey to an hour,” he said.
Dr Jeyaindran also presented various items, such as large cooking utensils, sports jerseys, stationery sets and workbooks, to the villagers and those from five other orang asli villages.
“We are also planning to upgrade a dilapidated school block at SK Pos Slim into a multi-purpose hall so that pupils from nearby villages can stay overnight from Mondays to Fridays to attend extra classes.
“At the moment, we are looking for companies to sponsor meals for the pupils as part of their corporate social responsibility programme,” he said.
Special projects director Ramesh Arumugam Chettiar said the organisation was also providing 20 plastic pipes, measuring 7.6cm in diameter, to improve the water supply to Kampung Tenau, Kampung Keding and Kampung Bangkong.
“With the pipes installed, the 730 villagers from all three villages will be able to enjoy fresh water,” he said, adding that the water would be drawn from a nearby river.
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