Concerned Sultan Abdullah visits Orang Asli village


Royal visitor: Sultan Abdullah meeting the family of Shariff Bahsoon (second from right) during his visit to the Sungai Ruil Orang Asli village. — Bernama

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s concern for the country’s indigenous community took him to the Sungai Ruil Orang Asli village here. The King arrived at 11am, much to the delight of the Orang Asli residents who had been eagerly waiting since the break of day.

The visit to the village was part of the itinerary in the King’s maiden visit to Cameron Highlands after being officially installed as the country’s 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

In a casual speech filled with advice, the King expressed hope that the government would improve ways to help the Orang Asli community and the poor to improve their livelihoods.

“There is the Felda concept that gives huge benefit and helps the poor.

“I hope this concept can be improved and expanded for the Orang Asli and the poor, to provide long-term resources for their children and grandchildren.

“I hope this can be considered and discussed because I want the people to be given the opportunity to increase their income,’’ the King said.

Sultan Abdullah advised the people to put aside their political differences and to resolve their problems amicably to ensure a united, peaceful and harmonious life.

Later, when approached by Bernama, the King said the Orang Asli community had always been close to his heart.

“Before, they used to go to the palace, bringing honey. Now, not many (come over).

“Those who used to go may be old now, and many have moved to modern areas.

“I will certainly accept responsibility (to care for the Orang Asli).

“That is why, if there is any misunderstanding, resolve the problems so that they will not prolong,” Sultan Abdullah said.

During the visit, the King also handed over contributions to the villagers.
   

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