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Orang Asli get solar-powered water system

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TWENTY-THREE Orang Asli households from the Temuan tribe at Kampung Orang Asli Air Kuning in Shah Alam are set to have access to clean water supply.

This is thanks to an initiative by Allianz Malaysia Berhad and Build for Tomorrow, an organisation that looks to provide a practical solution in building sustainable communities.

Through the initiative, the village located on the outskirts of Shah Alam’s Taman Botani Negara is now equipped with a solar-powered water system that will serve the needs of its 86 residents.

The water system, made up of a water pump, solar panels, two 4,000-litre water tanks, three 1,500-litre sub-tanks and distribution pipes, is able to collect both rainwater as well as water from the well that is safe for drinking.

“We are very happy to partner with Build for Tomorrow in helping to build resilient communities in Malaysia,” said Ng Siew Gek, head of Allianz4Good, Allianz Malaysia Berhad. “It’s an important project that focuses on underprivileged folk.

“We hope that through this programme, the community will enjoy an improved daily living with access to clean water that is safe for drinking.”

This is not the first time Allianz4Good, the company’s corporate responsibility arm, had partnered with Build For Tomorrow. In 2016, it jointly built Malaysia’s first eco-friendly self-sustaining house in Jelebu, Negri Sembilan, for the Orang Asli from the Temuan community.