Orang Asli “Che Wong”

The “Orang Asli” are the indigenous minority peoples of Peninsular Malaysia. There about 60.000 Orang Asli people, of which 60% still live in the rain forest. About 40% Orang Asli live along or near the coast.

The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They are actually known as Siwang but Che Wong is a more familiar name because this is how people know them. The Che Wong are found in groups living near the villages of other races and those still living in the jungles. Their settlements are located in Pahang, Perak, Selangor, and Johor. The Che Wong are mainly farmers and hunters. They live close to, or within, forested areas where they engage in hill rice cultivation and grow a little tobacco.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. Known as Nek Kolai, 97 years old. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. Known as Nek Kolai, 97 years old. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. Known as Nek Kolai, 97 years old. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

Kuala Gandah, Pahang. The Che Wong are one of the nineteen original Orang Asli people groups living in Peninsular Malaysia. They belong to the Senoi subgroup. They still use a native language. November 18, 2011. Photo by Shahir Ramlan.

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