- (2004) while the national poverty rate is 6.5%, that of the orang asli is 76.9%,
- (2003) while the national hardcore poor rate is 1.4% that of the orang asli is 35.2%,
- (2003) they make up 53.6% of recorded Malaria cases,
- (2002) 19.63% of the population has leprosy,
- vast majority of orang asli children are undernourished and stunted,
- although more and more orang asli children are enrolled in primary and secondary schools, the dropout rate is high; for instance for every 100 orang asli children entering Primary 1, only 6 will be expected to reach Form 5.
Not only are they the most marginalized, they are also facing the spectre of losing their claims on their ancestral lands. Their way of life has also been threatened by a government bent on converting them:
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