Badan Kebajikan Orang Asli Islam Semenanjung Malaysia (BKOA) wants to cooperate with more entrepreneurs or companies to assist the Orang Asli community get their own source of income instead of relying on donations.
Its president Senator Datuk Isa Abdul Hamid said so far, seven companies have come forward to assist the non-governmental organisation (NGO), which represents indigenous people in Peninsular Malaysia, to market their products through buying and donating campaign to fill up the COVID-19 fund for the Orang Asli community.
“Through this cooperation, we market products such as disposable and reusable face masks, disinfectant liquid and hand sanitisers via our website at https://bkoa.org.my/ with all proceeds channelled to BKOA.
“The initiative is to help the government improve the delivery system for the Orang Asli community with the NGO serves as the second platform and in turn, making it more dynamic by generating more income for the group.”
He said this in his speech during the launch of COVID-19 fund donations to Orang Asli at the Parliament building today by the Malaysian Senator’s Council president Datuk Seri Khairudin ES Abd Samad.
Isa said the website would also market Orang Asli forest products and handicrafts such as kelulut (stingless bees) honey, agarwood and tongkat ali in an effort to create more entrepreneurs among the community.
For long-term planning, he said BKOA would cooperate with foreign companies especially from China and Western Asia to market their products abroad and further expand its network.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency