Budget 2023: Orang Asli in Gua Musang hoping for better roads, cash aid


GUA MUSANG: The Orang Asli here are hoping for better infrastructure facilities in their settlements under Budget 2023, due to be tabled this Friday (Oct 7).

Agi Angah, 41, who lives at Pos Bulat, said the villagers needed better roads the most.

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"The access road to our village needs to be upgraded as it is damaged and its condition is in turn damaging our cars and motorcycles.

"The repair cost is taking a toll on us,” he told reporters at Pos Pulat here on Monday (Oct 3).

Bob Abu, 36, from Pos Balar, hoped the government would repair the road linking the village and the school there.

"Apart from that, we also hope the government will continue with Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) assistance as it really helps lighten our burden," he said.

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Bob’s views on BKM were shared by Mila Ajis, 35, from Pos Pulat, who said that although they lived in the interior, the increasing cost of living also affected them.

"Although we rely on our own crops and the river for food, we still need to buy other essential items such as rice, eggs and sometimes, chicken. We can buy these with the BKM money," she said. – Bernama

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