By V. Sivaji
An Orang Asli women’s football team was among the participants in a tournament held in Ipoh over the weekend for the Sri Kandi Trophy.
Being held for the first time, nine teams from Perak, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur participated in the tournament.
Members from the Orang Asli team were from Kampung Sungai Cincin Chenderiang, Perak and were trained by Chew Ho Beng alias Angah from the Orang Asli community.
The competition was organised with the cooperation of the Malaysian Women Football Association and Perak Football Association.
MB Incorporated had adopted the village under the Village Adoption Programme which is the brainchild of Menteri Besar Dato Seri Faizal Azumu.
The winning team received RM1,500 runners-up RM1,000 and RM750 for the second runner-up respectively.
Raja Puan Muda Perak Tuanku Soraya Al Marhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah officiated the tournament.
Although the Orang Alsi team did not win the tournament, they put up a good showing at the competition.
Meanwhile, a presentation ceremony of school uniforms for Orang Asli children was carried out as the corporate social responsibility initiative.
More interestingly, the uniforms were also sewn by seven members of the Orang Asli community who called themselves “Team Ceknik”.
According to Anuar Zainal Abidin, chief executive officer of MB Inc, the school uniform project was to help Orang Asli children to prepare for the 2020 school term.
The uniforms were also presented to Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP), Perbadanan Pembangunan Pertanian Negeri Perak (PPPNP), Lembaga Air Perak (LAP), Perbadanan Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri (SSI) dan Perak Hydro Renewable Energy Corporation Sdn Bhd.
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