Being in their 20s and not wanting to be labelled a hypocrite got John-Son Oei and Jayne Kennedy started on a bigger cause of building homes for the orang asli.
IT all started with a challenge. Like many young people, John-Son Oei and Jayne Kennedy love parties, having fun and doing their own thing but at a young leadership programme, someone told them “you guys talk a lot but don’t do much”.
“We thought, how true! What are we doing to contribute?” says 27-year-old Kennedy.
They looked around for one project to do, says Oei, “so that we could just shrug off that label of being a hypocrite”.
The project they decided on was to build a toilet for an orang asli family in Kuala Kubu Baru and repaint some of the houses there.
When they put a call out on Facebook for volunteers, many signed on.
“That is when we realised that contrary to what some people say or think, a lot of people care and they want to help the poor. They want to get their hands dirty,” says Oei, who is 28.