Sunday, October 16, 2011
population of Malaysia are smaller communities scattered throughout the peninsula and in Sabah and Sarawak.
Officially, these groups are classified as Lain-lain or Others.
Although they are only a small minority on their own, the Lain-lain groups collectively form a sizeable portion of Malaysia's almost 21 million people.
In the peninsula, orang asli, Portuguese, Eurasians and Malaysian Thais are just a few of these small communities.
Orang asli are scattered throughout the peninsula, from the Malaysia/Thai border to Johor. Generally categorised as bumiputras, orang asli are divided into three groups - Negritos, Senois and Proto-Malays.
The present population of orang asli is 92,529, according to statistics compiled by the Department of Orang Asli Affairs (JHEOA). Of this, 2,972 are Negritos, 49,440 Senois and 40,117 Proto-Malays.