JASIN, July 4 – The Orang Asli Development Department(JAKOA) aims to raise the average household monthly income of the Orang Asli community to RM2,500 per month by 2020 in line with Malaysia’s status as a developed country.
Its director-general, Datuk Hasnan Hassan said at present their household monthly income was only between RM1,200 to RM1,500, which was three-fold lower than other communities in the country.
“Actually the average household income of the Orang Asli should be between RM4,500 to RM5,000 per month to enable them to be competitive and reduce the disparity with other communities.
“We do not want a big income gap which will create an unbalanced development between the Orang Asli and others,” he told reporters after officiating the handing over of fertilisers and kelulut breeding project in Kampung Orang Asli Solok Terentang, Jus in Jasin, Saturday.
Among the assistance being channelled to the Orang Asli to raise their income included the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), rubber and oil palm dividend commission replanting scheme and Social Welfare Department allowance.
Hasnan said fertiliser aid and kelulut bee breeding project were also implemented to raise their income besides encouraging them to venture into other fields.
Currently, he said, 10,000 Orang Asli participants nationwide have taken part in these projects, with the fertilisers being supplied by National Fertilisers Consortium to increase their productivity, especially in coconut and rubber cultivation.
JAKOA also held ongoing fertilisation technique training courses to train them in the field of agriculture, he said. -BERNAMA