Comprising of 18 sub-ethnic groups the indigenous communities, or better known as the Orang Asli, located in the Peninsular Malaysia, is a unique community in terms of their culture, lifestyle, and heritage. The life of the Orang Asli, popularly referred to as the Forest People, is highly intertwined with forest resources which makes the community a great source of information and traditional knowledge, particularly in the use of medicinal plants.
This book covers three important issues to explain and gain insights into the sustainability of the Orang Asli:
The book presents research to help bridge the gaps and provides a baseline reference for further research regarding the sustainability of the Orang Asli.
This book is intended for researchers and graduate students to help gain an understanding of the Orang Asli. By highlighting the plight of Orang Asli the authors hope that this community will be recognised and become a part of society. More research is required to help the 178,197 Orang Asli achieve the sustainable development goals for their community in the Peninsular Malaysia.
Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Part I: Social and Demography.- Chapter 1. A Journey of Incremental Steps for the Orang Asli (Albert Abee).- Chapter 2. Orang Asli Anecdotal Reflections (Albert Abee).- Chapter 3. The Importance of Forest Resources as a Source of income for the Orang Asli of Kampung Sungai Berua, Hulu Terengganu, Malaysia (Norhayati Ab Manaf, Ramle Abdullah, Jumadil Saputra, Nurul Faezah Noor Azizan & Hairul Nizam Mohd Khori).- Chapter 4. Spending Habits of the Orang Asli in Kampung Sungai Berua, Hulu Terengganu, Malaysia (Norhayati Ab Manaf, Ramle Abdullah, Jumadil Saputra & Nurul Faezah Noor Azizan).- Part II: Sustainability of Resource Use.- Chapter 5. Sustainable Utilisation of Forest Plant Resources by the Bateq and Semoq Beri Tribes in Kelantan and Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia (Jamilah Mohd Salim, Suzairi Zakaria, Muhamad Razali Salam & Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah).- Chapter 6. A Study on Wild Mushrooms Utilised for Food and Medicine by Orang Asli Communities at Sungai Berua, Terengganu (Harizah Nadiah Hamzah & Aqilah Mohammad).- Chapter 7. Ethnoichtyological Survey among the Orang Asli in Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu (Muhammad Syamsul Aznan Ariffin, Faizah Mohamad Shaharom & Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah).- Chapter 8. Ethnozoological Survey among the Orang Asli in Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia (Candyrilla Vera Bartholomew, Nurul Faezah Noor Azizan, Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah & Ramle Abdullah).- Chapter 9. Ethnozoology, Wildlife Utilisation and Hunting Practices by Semoq Beri Tribes in Pahang (Muhammad Abu Bakar Abdul Latiff, Mohd Ayub Afiqah, Zahari Fatin, Othman Nursyuhada, Hidayah Haris, Mohd Faudzir Najmuddin, and Badrul Munir Md-Zain).- Chapter 10. Wildlife Hunting Practices by The Indigenous People of Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia (Candyrilla Vera Bartholomew, Mahfuzatul Izyan Zainir, Nor Zalipah Mohamed, Mohd Hasdi Husin & Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah).- Part III: Governance, Administration and Management.- Chapter 11. A multidisciplinary account of the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia (Abu Talib Ahmad, Mahani Musa, Nazarudin Zainun, Nasha Rodziadi Khaw, Hisham Atan Edinur, and Geoffrey Keith Chambers).- Chapter 12. Orang Asli Health and Mortality in Hulu Terengganu, Malaysia (Muhammad Fuad Abdullah, Azmah Othman, Rohana Jani, Juli Edo, and Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah).- Chapter 13. Socio-economic Development and Sustainable Livelihood of the Orang Asli (Muhammad Fuad Abdullah, Azmah Othman, Rohana Jani, Juli Edo, Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah).- Chapter 14. Ecological Balance Towards Sustainable Index of Tasik Kenyir (Muhamad Na’eim Abdul Rahman, Muhamad Safiih Lola, Mohd Noor Afiq Ramlee, Muhammad Syamsul Aznan Ariffin & Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah).- Chapter 15. Redefine Green Economy and Sustainable Development: A Trade-Off Analysis Approach on Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu, Malaysia (Mohd Noor Afiq Ramlee, Muhamad Safiih Lola, Muhamad Na’eim Abdul Rahman, Mohd Fadli Hussin, Muhammad Syamsul Aznan Ariffin & Candyrilla Vera Bartholomew & Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah).- Index.
Mohd Tajuddin Abdullah, PhD is a professor and was the former Director of the Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (BIO-D TROPIKA), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT). He has conducted his fieldworks in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand with a broad interest in biodiversity, biogeography, molecular ecology, mammalogy, park and wildlife conservation. Recently, he received the best zoological and ecotourism book awards in the Malaysia National Book Award 2017 and 2019 respectively. He has published about 100 indexed journal manuscripts and co-edited nine books, two of which by Springer Nature Publisher. Currently, he is an active independent researcher affiliated to the Academy of Sciences Malaysia of which he is a fellow and a new found hobby as a YouTuber (Taj Abdullah).
Candyrilla Vera Bartholomew graduated with MSc in Zoology from the Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. She did her BSc in Zoology at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. She has been involved in scientific research and conducted social surveys of the Orang Asli to characterise their forest resource use patterns and determining factors affecting the involvement of Orang Asli to hunt and collect forest resources. She is also co-authored journal and conference manuscripts and a local book and two book chapters within, which characterise resource utilisation by the Orang Asli.
Aqilah Mohammad, PhD is a senior lecturer and a mycologist in the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. She currently holds a dual appointment position in the Faculty of Science and Marine Environment and acts as the Head of Program in the Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. Aqilah has been involved in fungal ecology, fungal diversity and ethnomycology studies and conducted fieldworks in several states in Malaysia. She is currently engaged in the post-Covid19 industry-community project on mushroom cultivation for low-income communities nearby UMT main campus area. She has been actively publishing works on her field in both local and international journals and academic books since 2011 until present and as co-editor two international books by Springer Nature Publisher.