IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu has urged more non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to uplift the livelihood of orang asli in the state.He said they needed assistance to improve their lives and NGOs could be part of this noble effort.
“The state has embarked on a village adoption programme, spearheaded by state government-linked companies (GLCs), to improve the livelihood of over 60,000 orang asli.
“But it will take time and resources for the state government and GLCs to be able to reach out to all these villages,” he said when opening the 57th Multiple District 308 (MD308) Lions Convention at Ipoh Convention Centre here yesterday.
“As such, we need all the support from NGOs and well-wishers, and I strongly believe that they deserve to get all the help to progress just like other communities in this country,” he said.
Ahmad Faizal also said the state was honoured to host the delegates as the organisation was well known for its charitable effort.
“With 1.5 million members across 200 nations, this organisation has been a brand of goodwill around the globe.
“I understand that the Lions are focused on service projects such as disaster reliefs, sight restoration, environmental preservation, childhood cancer, diabetes awareness campaign, hunger relief and many more services to communities worldwide,” he said.MD308 council chairman Lim Hoe Guan hoped the delegates would take the time to explore Ipoh.
He also congratulated the state for introducing the hop-on hop-off bus, which made it easier for visitors to travel about.
More than 2,000 Lions and Leos of Lions Clubs International from Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore are attending the four-day event, which was last held here in 2011.