Orang Asli village in the Taman Negara National Park. There are 18 tribes, falling into three main family groups and they make up only 0.5 per cent of Malaysia’s population, with 35 per cent officially classified as hardcore poor.

Malaysia – Been There

The natural people of Malaysia

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Malaysia – Been There

The natural people of Malaysia

The population of Malaysia today is close to 30 million, but of this number only 150,000 can claim to represent its indigenous population. Meet the Orang Asli, or 'natural people', of Malaysia.

Daphne Huineman
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