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In Jenulang Fest, Penang to showcase Orang Asli culture

The Jenulang Fest will be held within Fort Cornwallis from 9am till 11pm on November 18.GEORGE TOWN, Nov 3 ― Penang will be hosting an Orang Asli cultural and mini settlement festival called Jenulang Fest on November 18.

The whole-day event will be held within Fort Cornwallis to feature the unique cultures of the indigenous people.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the festival is to highlight the culture, contributions and challenges of the Orang Asli.

“We hope to showcase their rich culture through this event,” he said in a press conference today.

Lim said Penang may not have an Orang Asli settlement but the state is an arts and culture hub so it should also celebrate the culture of this almost-forgotten community.

“We hope to provide a platform for the Orang Asli to highlight the challenges they faced especially when they were sidelined by the federal government,” he said.

The festival will feature a mini traditional village of Orang Asli along with cultural performances, talks, forums, film screenings, recreational games of Orang Asli, cooking demonstrations and Orang Asli crafts and products.

About 200 Orang Asli from 12 tribes from Pahang, Perak, Kelantan, Johor, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan will be taking part in the festival.

The festival is open for all free from 9am till 11pm on November 18.