The Health Issue in Orang Asli Community

Outbreak of Measles

  • Muhammad Harith Wafi Mohd Rosman School of Eletrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Chua Lay Yong School of Eletrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Muhammad Umais Azman School of Eletrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Mohamad Izzuan Mohd Ishar School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
Keywords: quality of life, health issue, aboriginal people, Orang Asli


is article is a case study on health issues in the Orang Asli community. After the outbreak of measles among Orang Asli in Kelantan, the health issue in this community has been questioned. Compared to non-aboriginal communities, the health of the aboriginal people is lagging, health disparity is still obvious. Since the 1950s, the Malaysian Government has tried to carry development and improve the quality of life in Orang Asli communities, along with non-government agencies, but the health status compared to other aboriginal people groups are still lower. There are a lot of factors as to why the health quality for Orang Asli does not meet the recommended standard including poor education environment, superstitions from their ancestors, and limited facilities to receive health information and medical check-ups. As an impact, they were 14 Orang Asli known as Batek tribe died in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang from the early of May until 6th June. On 17th June 2019, the Health Ministry has confirmed that there was an outbreak of measles among the Orang Asli Batek tribe at Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang.

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How to Cite
Mohd Rosman, M. H. W., Yong, C., Azman, M. U. and Mohd Ishar, M. I. (2020) “The Health Issue in Orang Asli Community”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 5(2), pp. 36 - 41. doi: