Although it is located in one of the most remote parts of Perak, the Pos Kemar Orang Asli resettlement is not in any way isolated from the modern world.
In fact Pos Kemar is extremely well connected through mobile networks and its 6,000 villagers enjoy a reasonably good life.
Through thoughtful plans and efforts from the Barisan Nasional- led state government, the people of Pos Kemar have evolved to enjoy modern amenities and no longer depend totally on the jungle for sustenance.
Latest in the list of efforts made by the government to better their lives is the building of an RM11.488 million road that connects the village to the Kemar jetty at Temenggor Lake.
Yesterday, Perak Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir who visited the Kemar Orang Asli resettlement (RPS) also launched two other life changing projects for villagers there.
The Chief Minister first attended a Works Department briefing at the village hall on the progress of the 9.17 km road.
The partly Concrete and partly Soil Stabiliser road is expected to complete on March next year and would allow the Orang Asli villagers to easily reach Temengor Lake which they depend on for fishing, fish farming and also as access by boat to Banding and thereon to Gerik.
Dr Zambry then launched a Forestry Department’s tube well project which would provide clean drinking water for 1,000 villagers.
The project costing RM150,000 involves drilling a 6-inch pipe up to 100m depths to extract water which would then be collected in 10,000 gallon tanks.
The Chief Minister also launched an agricultural project by the Forestry Department for the villagers. The project to grow 1,300 Petai saplings intends to provide yet another source for the Orang Asli people to earn cash from crops.
“This visit is to ensure several promises made by our BN-led government are put into effect as I have earlier visited this place during which we had planned to provide these facilities for the villagers,” Dr Zambry told reporters after addressing about 1,000 villagers at the Kemar football field.
He also said that the village may be extremely isolated but both mobile and internet coverage is excellent.
“Kemar is very far from the state’s network of main road but the villagers are no longer isolated as we have ensured they have good telephone connectivity, proper homes with necessary facilities, sound education, good health care and also access to earn money and improve their lives,” he said.
Dr Zambry also said a RM59.7 million solar power project at the RPS Kemar area provides renewable electricity for its villagers.
Pos Kemar is located at the southern end of Temenggor Lake and is currently accessible by a boat from Banding Island in Temmengor Lake and a 4WD from Kemar Jetty.
Alternatively, a gravel and logging trail for 4WD connects it to Sungai Siput but the journey is grueling and can be anywhere from three hours to 14 hours long depending on weather and log lorry traffic.