Government will formally recognise Orang Asli’s faith

Government will formally recognise Orang Asli’s faith

SUBANG JAYA: De facto national unity and social wellbeing minister, P Waythamoorthy has given assurance that the government ill formally recognise the faith of the Orang Asli.

“I will have more discussions with the Orang Asli and bring the matter up to the government to formally recognise their religion, which is the religion of nature,” Waythamoorthy who is also a senator said.

He said there has been a misunderstanding that the Orang Asli do not have a religion, adding that Malaysians, including politicians, are generally ignorant of their beliefs.

“Their religion is the religion of spirituality. They have good moral values, they respect nature and nature is their religion.

“I think we should educate Malaysians, politicians included, that they do belong to a religion.

“I think that in time to come, their religion will be formally recognised,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a roundtable dialogue on Orang Asli and schooling.

He said, however, that it is a sensitive matter that needs to be addressed carefully.

Waytha also said that assimilation of the Orang Asli is not part of the government’s agenda.

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