Health Ministry To Take Over Orang Asli Health Management In 2012 – Shafie Apdal
September 15, 2011 20:45 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 (Bernama) – The Health Ministry will take over the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa)’s health and medical division next Jan, said Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He said the move was taken after discussions with the health ministry.
“Jakoa do not have sufficient expertise especially doctors to treat Orang Asli patients. We have discussed with the specialists and we think that it is more appropriate that the division be managed by the health ministry as they have the expertise.”
“But cooperation between the two sides would continue as usual,” he told reporters after attending an Aidilfitri gathering attended by about 500 Orang Asli at Dataran Semboyan, Gombak, near here, Thursday.
On the country’s 54th independence which would be celebrated simultaneously with Malaysia Day tomorrow, he said the Orang Asli community had enjoyed development since 1957.
According to him, there are presently 3,000 Orang Asli in the government sector with many among them holding important positions such as deputy director-general, lecturer, lawyer and teacher, while many more were active in the public sector as entrepreneurs.
“Almost 200 Orang Asli children are studying in local universities and we will be sending more overseas to continue their education,” he added.
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