RM468,000 facility for pregnant orang asli will be ready in February

Source: The Star Online

In a sad state: The Kuala Bertis Transit Centre in Gua Musang is in bad shape after being hit by floods last December.

In a sad state: The Kuala Bertis Transit Centre in Gua Musang is in bad shape after being hit by floods last December.

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Betis Transit Centre for pregnant orang asli women in Gua Musang is in poor shape because it was badly affected by the floods last December.

But the good news is that a new RM468,000 transit centre is now being built and will be ready for use in three months.

The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) said the pregnant women were now staying at the old centre.

“All the equipment there such as beds, mattresses, cupboards, blankets, toiletries and medicines were completely destroyed in the flood,” Jakoa said in a statement.

It was responding to a report in The Star that pregnant orang asli women were being ignored, living in harsh conditions and sleeping on cold floors in a dilapidated and non-conducive centre. Read more

Home for expectant orang asli mothers rundown, filthy and ill-equipped

Source: The Star Online

RumahTransitKualaBertisGuaMusangforOrangAsli

Poor condition: The transit centre for expectant mothers in Gua Musang has no proper furniture and is in a mess.

EXCLUSIVE

GUA MUSANG: He was expecting a place where his family could rest as they awaited the arrival of their second son.

But Temiar farmer M. Remy, 21, was in for a shock. The orang asli found the government centre for the community to be filthy, neglected and in the kind of conditions that are far from hygienic.

One can smell the stench from Rumah Transit Kuala Bertis from quite a distance. There is rubbish everywhere. The toilets stink and there doesn’t seem to be anyone maintaining them.

The place is infested with flies and the pests can be seen on sleeping children and would-be mothers. The children and mothers sleep on cold floors, with no mattresses and in many cases, no blankets.

The closest thing to a bed are wooden planks on which some of the orang asli mothers-to-be sleep. Read more