Coar – Making A Difference In Orang Asli’s Lives

Orang Asli representatives from Kelantan.

Orang Asli representatives from Kelantan.

Most Orang Asli communities live in remote and less developed parts of Peninsular Malaysia. The funds raised will be used to assist with community development and upliftment, non-formal education of women and children, leadership training, securing the Orang Asli’s livelihood, and strengthening their traditional culture.  Additionally, the proceeds will be used to support the ancillary work of COAR in its role as an advocate of Orang Asli rights.

From left to right  Steven : Thiru ( President of the Malaysian Bar) , Siti Kasim , Yogeswaran Subramaniam, Aaron Mark, Aimee Liew, Vicky Ng and Cherian K.C Kuruvila.

From left to right Steven : Thiru ( President of the Malaysian Bar) , Siti Kasim , Yogeswaran Subramaniam, Aaron Mark, Aimee Liew, Vicky Ng and Cherian K.C Kuruvila.

The Charity Fundraising Dinner included performances by the Orang Asli and a presentation about the Orang Asli.

Sewang with the Orang Asli and attendees

Sewang with the Orang Asli and attendees.

Recently, The Bar Council Committee on Orang Asli Rights, COAR, has organized its biennial Charity Fundraising Dinner in conjunction with the International Human Rights Day. By organising this dinner, COAR seeks to create awareness and education on the rights of the Orang Asli in accordance with the Universal Declaration ofHuman Rights.  This event will focus on the basic needs and rights of Peninsular Malaysia’s indigenous minority, better known as “Orang Asli”.

Syaq Koyok, an indigenous painter.

Zunar, SitiKasim and Sashi during auction session.

Zunar, SitiKasim and Sashi during auction session.[/caption]

The Bar Council has for years been advocating the rights of the Orang Asli and has endeavoured to ensure just laws, policies and practices are in place to affirm and protect the rights of the Orang Asli.  The proceeds of our charity fundraiser are aimed at continuing this important work.

Issue 6/2016
Photo credit : Satha Selvan Subramaniam , Senior Administrative Assistant, Bar Council.

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