CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Sept 8 – The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s concern for the country’s indigenous community brought His Majesty to the Sungai Ruil Orang Asli Village here today.
His Majesty arrived at 11 am, much to the delight of the Orang Asli residents who had been eagerly waiting, since the break of day, for the arrival of the Ruler and to most of them, an opportunity to meet His Majesty in person.
The visit to the Orang Asli Village is part of the itinerary in Al-Sultan Abdullah’s maiden visit to the Cameron Highlands after being officially installed as the country’s 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
In a casual speech, but filled with advice, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong expressed hope that the government would improve ways of helping the Orang Asli community and the poor so that they could improve their lives in the long run.
“From my observation, before, there is the Felda concept that gives huge benefit and helps the poor. I hope this concept can be improved and expanded for the Orang Asli , as well as the poor, to provide long-term resources for their children and grandchildren.
“I hope this can be considered and discussed because I want all the rakyat to be protected and given the opportunity to increase their income and wealth,” said Al-Sultan Abdullah.