Candyrilla Vera Bartholomew, Muhamad Aidil Bin Zahidin
Center for Kenyir Ecosystems Research, Kenyir Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.

A visit to Orang Asli’s village was conducted on 15 and 16 April 2015. Three villages were visited which are Kg Gol (Semaq beri), Kg Dedari and Kg Teresik (Batek) located at Taman Negara Pahang. The purpose of the visit was to get know the community that lived there and as kick start for our projects involving Orang Asli community. Members of the community were interviewed regarding their daily life including their sources of income, food resources and their daily routine activities.

Woman from Semaq Beri tribe at Kg. Gol with her ill 8 months daughter.

Having light conversation with the Tok Batin, Mr. Sena (red shirt) and some of the Batek community at Kg. Dedali. Mr. Aki Power (white shirt) was incomer from Kg. Teresik.

Gathering with Batek community and Tok Batin, Mr. Awang Naga (second from right) at Kg. Teresik. Mr. Awang Naga was a Semaq beri tribe and son-in-law to Mr. Aki Power.

‘Sumpit’ or called as ‘Belaoh’ in Batek were made usually by Orang Asli women to be sold to tourists. The bullet holders were made from buluh, damar and pulai by using a pocket knife and the design is primarily based on flora concept themes.

The real Belaoh, the hunting tools used by Batek men to hunt for small-sized animals in the canopy such as squirrels, monkeys and birds. They only hunted for their own family’s consumption, ensuring the sustainability of the wildlife they exploit.

Orang Asli village at Kg. Teresik showings the home of the Batek which is designed to house one family. The houses were made from forest-based products such as rattan and bamboo.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Bin Abdullah; Department of Wildlife and National Park; Lodging and tourist guide, Mr. Abdul Jabar Bin Abdul Rahman and wife, Mr. Afzal Bin Abdul Aziz; Tok Batin (Kg. Gol, Kg. Dedari and Kg. Teresik) and all the Orang Asli communities in Taman Negara Kuala Tahan, Jerantut, Pahang.