Races in Malaysia

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Orang Asli (lit, "original peoples" or "aboriginal peoples" in Malay), is a general Malaysian term used for any indigenous groups that are found in Peninsular Malaysia. They can be divided into three main groups - the Negrito (also called Semang), the Senoi and the Proto-Malay.

Negrito is an Orang Asli group in Malaysia. There are only about 2,000 of them today. They are believed to be the earliest inhabitants of the Malay peninsula. The Negritoes are usually found in the northern part of Peninsula Malaysia. They are short with very dark brown complexion. Their hair curls closely over their head. In Peninsular Malaysia, they include several subgroups such as the Bateq, Jahai, Kensiu, Kintak, Lanoh and Mendriq.

Senoi is an Orang Asli group in Malaysia. They are hunter-gatherers. They are the main group of Orang Asli numbeing over 60,000, and include subgroups such as the Che Wong, Jahut, Mah Meri, Semai, Semoq Beri and Temiar.

Proto Malay is an Orang Asli group in Malaysia. They are usually found in the southern part of the Malay peninsula. According to anthropologists, the ancestors of the Proto Malay migrated south from Yunnan during the stone age.

The Orang Asli are the original indigenous people of West Malaysia. Most are nutritionally self-supporting, practicing shifting cultivation, hunting, and fishing. The Orang Asli live in small tribes in the jungle. They were made from leaves (te roof) and the floor was made of wood. They didn't live far from the river. They always remain living in a place, until something happens, like a death or severe illness. Then they move to another place. The chief, every tribe has one, decides whether they will move. Building a house takes about two or three hours.

The Orang Asli ( mostly Negrito),who live in the jungle, hunt with blowpipes for birds and little monkeys. The blowpipe is made from bamboo. The mouth piece is made from...
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