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Hey, I'm Rashid

Kuala Langat, Selangor ● Joined in 21st of September 2016

The story of how the Cultural Learning Center at MMCV came to serve the community of Carey Island in the district of Kuala Langat, Selangor is a story of many people whose collective vision made it what it is today. It’s the story of young men and women who wanted to bring their Mah Meri cultural heritage back to life. It’s the story of community elders, community partners, who wanted to pass along their knowledge to the young, especially those in need of guidance.

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Traveler reviews
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Faye
February 2017

The event was very well organized. I had a good time. I will not hesitate to participate in another featured experience by this company. Well done, LokaLocal!

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Evelyn
February 2017

As a Malaysian, I have so much to find out about my own country. This tour has provided me a chance to know more about the Mah Meri tribe. I get to experience their Ancestor Day, see how they do their prayers, watch them dance along their music, try on their traditional costumes, etc. Definitely an unforgettable trip.

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Zuzanna
February 2017

It was nice that you guys provided the local specialist. Drinking water available anytime was great, and the bus was always on time. Well done, team!

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Leng
March 2017

is a different experience , thanks for the opportunity to connect with native tribe & participant in their unique ceremony .
Will be awesome to have some information education before or after visit , otherwise is just a visit without understand who are they , what are they doing , anything they need for help & so on .... , just my own feeling .
Overall well done team , thank you so much ! continue give us more exciting trip !

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Yoon K.
February 2017

Uncle Rashid was such a approachable and knowledgeable expert. I enjoyed immersing myself into the Mah Meri culture with crafts, dance, music, tradition, and local interaction. After all, money can't buy experience at Hari Moyang Festival!

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Shmuel
February 2018

This tour was great and I would highly recommend it. It also appears that Rashid runs these tours together with the local community and for the purpose of raising awareness of the issues they are facing. Accordingly, going on these tours is a way to support the communities.

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JImmy
February 2018

very detail and well organize this events, the DO & DONT was highlighted to us before we part take the ritual ceremony which will be held...

thumb up and good job for other volunteers staff and will join again if this event held next year...

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Mujahidah
February 2018

Very interesting event

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Khen
March 2018

I joined this event last year, nevertheless the experience was still an eyeopener though the itinerary was different than what it was originally planned. The size of crowds was acceptable, and our involvement with locals was higher. What I personally love is, this event was fully empowered and supported by its community. Well done!

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Muna
February 2019

It was a very unique opportunity to be able to witness this important event in the Mah Meri calendar. Such a visceral event. The hospitality was warm and very inclusive and the lunch which includes a vegetarian option very tasty. Our host provided some excellent insight but the large crowd may mean having to turn up the volume more on the mic as it was hard to hear, Also the event grows in popularity some crowd control may be needed in order to ensure everyone gets a chance to witness the various rituals and take photos that aren't photobombed by other attendees. Looking forward to coming back to the cultural centre to visit the museum and other things I missed on this occasion.

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Sanz L.
February 2019

Overall the event was great... Would like to suggest maybe can have more explainations for what’s going on for the ritual and also setting the barrier to block peoples crossing during the ritual at the sea.... Good experience and hope to join for more activities to know more about this Mah Meri cultures....

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Albey
February 2019

Great experience to know more about the natives

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PAUL
February 2019

interesting

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Jahabar
February 2019

My second year with Encik Rashid. He's faultless in organising and running this but a large number of the crowd this year showed little respect for the Puja and made it into a spectacle. It is fast becoming an event staged for photography and tourism which is sad. Please remind your guests to be better behaved next year. Tks

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Jonathan
February 2019

Firstly, thank you for putting the event on.
Unfortunately I found the experience to be disappointing, and I heard other people say the same thing. When I signed up approx 35 other people had done so out of a total of 50 people. I had been to the Mah Meri Cultural Centre before so I was concerned that 50 people may be too many. To find out on the day that 150 people were expected (plus other people who had not booked via Lokalocal) made me wonder if there would be far too many people there.
Unfortunately I was right – the number of visitors totally overwhelmed the event, and the ceremony at the village was undignified and I thought disrespectful to the Mah Meri who were trying to carry out their ancient traditions. Visitors were pushing and shoving to get the best photo positions, and even walking into the middle of the ceremony whilst it was taking place.
The day seemed to lose any cultural significance and was more like a ‘tourist attraction’ where people could just treat it as any other visitor experience. For the Mah Meri this must be a real disappointment on such a special day.
In future I would suggest the following is considered:
a) Numbers are limited to no more than 50 people, perhaps increasing ticket prices or ensuring that the Mah Meri receive a greater percentage of the proceeds.
b) Visitors from 9am to 1030am should be encouraged to learn about the Mah Meri at the Cultural Village – see the exhibitions, dress in traditional clothes, see the informational video and watch the carvings being made by the craftsmen. Encourage visitors to buy carvings and souvenirs to try and increase financial benefit to the Mah Meri.
c) To reduce disruption to the ceremony, visitors should not be permitted to go to Rumah Moyang in the village, but if they decide to go of their own accord they should not be allowed into the building and should keep a respectful distance to allow the Mah Meri to carry out their ceremony undisturbed.
d) From 11am the visitors can meet the parade where it joins the main road and watch/join the parade down to the beach.
e) The area for food and seating was not large enough to cater for the numbers, eating was difficult without tables. As mentioned above, visitor numbers should be limited which should help rectify this.
f) Better instructions/information should be given about the need to bring appropriate footwear for the conditions on the beach – it is a long, uncomfortable walk back to the village in wet and muddy/sandy footwear
I know that you are trying to help the Mah Meri people by making the event open to many people, but unfortunately in doing so I felt that this may have been to the disadvantage of the Mah Meri, the very people you are trying to help. Hopefully more consideration will be given to the format of the event in future, or there is a real danger of the day
losing the significance that it holds for the Mah Meri.
Regards, Jonathan

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Miow L.
February 2019

An wonderful experience to participate The Mah Meri Puja Pantai Festival. This was my first experience to know about the culture of orang Asli in west Malaysia. I was really touching. Thanks a lot for organizing this amazing culture trip. It will great to emphasis to respect the local custom, particularly when praying on the beaches as I believe a lots of people not really know not to block the view from the nenek moyang.

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Jessica
January 2020

The event itself was interesting. We would have liked more explanations about what was going on as noone explained anything.
And it was very disorganised on the transport side.

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Ragunath
January 2020

It was a wonderful experience to witness first-hand the actual ritual that has been done for generations by the Mah Meri tribal people.

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Harsha
February 2020

The was interesting but not really worth the Rm90 per person. The museum and the center are well worth the visit and the actual procession was interesting to watch, however there was not enough information given to us about what was actually going on during the procession or ceremony. We could just as well have gone by ourselves and followed. The all day rain did not help, but even without the rain, the actual tour could be much more informative.