By Rozanna Latiff and A. Ananthalakshmi
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – After blocking the entrance to their village with logs, half the people of Jemeri fled into the surrounding forest in fear as the coronavirus spread in Malaysia, infecting the first indigenous ‘Orang Asli’ person.
“We are going back into the forest, to isolate ourselves and find food for ourselves,” villager and activist Bedul Chemai told Reuters by phone from Jemeri, in Malaysia’s Pahang State.
“We know how to get food from the forests and there are some things that we can plant there.”
‘Orang Asli’, original people, are among the poorest and most vulnerable in Malaysia which has the highest number of infections reported in Southeast Asia.
The first Orang Asli infection was detected last week.
A three-year-old boy from a village just outside Cameron Highlands, a popular tourist spot, tested positive for the virus, the director-general of the Department of Orang Asli…