The Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia

The ‘Orang  Asli’ name is a Malay term which transliterates as original peoples or first peoples. The Orang Asli (OA) is the oldest inhabitants of West Malaysia. 

Our Focus

35%

Orang Asli are classified as hardcore poor
(Household income of RM420 per month)

77%

Orang Asli are below the poverty line
(Household income of RM790 per month)

192

Orang Asli villages are not registered 
(Not usually entitled to official assistance)

Our Focus

The ‘Orang Asli’ name is a Malay term which transliterates as original peoples or first peoples.
The Orang Asli (OA) is the oldest inhabitants of West Malaysia.

35%

Orang Asli are classified as hardcore poor
(Household income of RM420 per month)

77%

Orang Asli are are below poverty line
(Household income of RM790 per month)

192

Orang Asli villages are not registered
(Not usually entitled to official assistance)

Why Does This Problem Exist?

THE ORANG ASLI TODAY

Lack of Recognition of the Indigenous
(Land, Skills, Way of Life)

LACK OF LAND, RESOURCES & ABILITY


Land, Materials, Legal Complications, Manpower, Time Restrictions & Skill Depletion

UNSAFE HOUSING


Land, Materials, Legal Complications, Manpower, Time Restrictions & Skill Depletion

Why is a home important for a family?

ASPIRATIONAL

Launchpad to dream
A home will better support & provide the confidence within a family in pursuit of bigger & better things.

PHYSICAL

Shelter & security
A home can act as a tangible support & restore both pride & dignity within their family & community.

PSYCHOLOGICAL

Pride & dignity
The home serves as a catalyst to shelter & provide not only physical security, but also psychological assurance & safety.

RELATIONAL

Sense of identity & belonging
A home brings people together, fostering & embracing each other’s identity, belonging & sense of purpose.

This is why we created Epic Homes

The Epic Homes movement aims to build relationships through the act of building homes, bridging the gap between the rural and urban divide. The movement kickstarted the journey of collaboration in solving deeper issues and contextual problems in the community.

Our Impact Map

Since we built our first ever home in 2011, we’ve gone ahead and build a total of 175 Epic Homes across Peninsular Malaysia and we’ve yet to touch East Malaysia.

Selangor: 106
Perak: 20
Johor: 1
Kelantan: 28

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