GERIK, May 9 – The visit to the Belum-Temenggor Rain Forest by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, provides the couple with an opportunity to experience the culture of the Orang Asli community there. After opening Phase two of the Belum Rainforest Resort, Najib and wife, accompanied by several other VIPs, were taken to Kampung Budaya Orang Asli Tanjung Satu nearby.
They were welcomed by the Orang Asli from several villages in the area and then taken to see the handicraft products, like mat and basket made from mengkuang or screw-pine, produced by the community there for income. Najib and Rosmah also visited a child centre where 10 Orang Asli children were taught to learn using the iPlay Toy Library approach, an initiative by the Emkay Foundation. At the venue, Rosmah spent some time with the children and got them to eat banana dip in chocolate, which is a new experience for the Orang Asli children.
The prime minister and wife were then feted to a feast of the Orang Asli food, like grilled tapioca and fish and rice cooked in bamboo, followed by coffee served in bamboo cups. Before leaving the Orang Asli community, Najib and Rosmah also spent some time with children participating in the Malaysian Green Ranger Camp, a programme to expose children to wildlife and environment conservation.