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Orang Asli tailors happy and proud to sew 100 Jalur Gemilang sashes

Last Update: 30/08/2019

TAPAH, Aug 30 -- Happy and proud. Those are the words of Teh a/p Bah Rahmat, one of Orang Asli tailors entrusted to sew 100 Jalur Gemilang flags and turn them into sashes to be worn by the Orang Asli contingent at the state-level National Day parade in Taiping tomorrow.

Teh, 55, said she and six other Orang Asli tailors from the Semai tribe, known as Ceknik Group (Ceknik means tailoring in Orang Asli’s dialect) received the order for 100 Jalur Gemilang sashes last Friday.

“I was so happy, proud and excited when receiving that order to sew the sashes to be worn by Orang Asli contingent at the National Day parade.

“Although we won’t be part of the contingent, sewing the sashes for the contingent members really means a lot. It feels like we are also contributing something to enliven the National Day celebration this year,” she said when met at Kampung Sungai Cincin here.

Another tailor, Noraimi a/p Yusuf, 31, thanked the Perak Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) for giving them the trust and opportunity to sew the sashes.

“We worked on the sashes from dawn to dusk, but we didn’t feel tired. In fact, we really enjoyed it,” she said.

Meanwhile, Head of MB Inc Strategic Corporate Communication Siti Kamesah Bee Mohd Hashim said the Jalur Gemilang sash project was a result of their discussions with the residents at Kampung Sungai Cincin.

“This is part of the projects under the Adopted Orang Asli Village programme mooted by Menteri Besar (Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu) in which MB Inc, as one of the state government-linked companies, tries to empower and improve the socio-economic status of the people here.

“Even though the tailors were given only a week to get the sashes ready before the National Day parade, their high spirits made the process easy and smooth,” she said.

Siti Kamesah Bee said a total of 700 small-sized flags were used to make the 100 sashes.

“Each sash needs seven flags and they were sewed according to just one design to maintain its consistency,” she added.



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