Orang asli to be made board members of Tourism Ministry's agencies


  • Nation
  • Monday, 22 Apr 2019

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (MOTAC) will appoint an orang asli to the board of two of its agencies - Tourism Malaysia and Kraftangan Malaysia, says its minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi (pic).

He said this would be considered after taking into account the types and quality of eco-tourism products in orang asli settlements.

The move is in response to the call by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the National Orang Asli Convention 2019 in Putrajaya Monday (April 22) that handicraft products from the community be promoted and marketed in tourist areas, he said.

“They (the appointments) will be made immediately,” he said in a statement Monday, adding that further discussions will be held with the agencies involved to identify the seats that can be filled by the orang asli.

Mohamaddin said representatives of the orang asli must be in MOTAC to share their ideas and market their crafts in a more holistic manner.

Mohamaddin said at present, MOTAC's focus was on eco-tourism and craft products because they were tourist attractions.

He said most of the orang asli settlement areas had eco-tourism features and their homestay accommodations should be promoted. - Bernama

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