MEPS WITH KINDNESS MALAYSIA – THE FREE MARKET FOR ORANG ASLI


Key Highlights:

  • 25 Families of the Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Kemensah benefited from the Free Market to bring the market experience to the Orang Asli community.
  • The ‘Love Currency’ (made out of ordinary color papers) is a simpler version of the today’s modern monetary system and is introduced to the Orang Asli as a tool to educate them on how money acts as a denominator for purchase of commodities.

Kuala Lumpur (9 May 2016) – Malaysian Electronic Payment System (MEPS) together with the caring NGO, Kindness Malaysia held a ‘Free Market’ at the Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Kemensah today, which houses about 25 families.

The event ‘Free Market’ was conceived to bring the market experience to the Orang Aslicommunity, a privilege they have yet to savor. Living in the deep interiors of Ulu Kemensah hinders them from traversing to a nearby market. The Free Market was conducted by more than 80 MEPS and Kindness volunteers ‘selling’ basic necessities of rice, sugar, cooking oil etc to the habitants of Kampung Orang Asli Ulu Kemensah using the ‘Love Currency’ as a medium of payment. Additionally, they were treated to a colorful selection of pre loved clothes and the little ones to an array of whimsical toys.

The introduction of the ‘Love Currency’ acted as a catalyst to simulate the market process. The ‘Love Currency’ (made out of ordinary color paper) is a simpler version of the today’s modern currency and was introduced as a tool to educate the community on how money acts as a denominator for purchase of goods. Given to each household, the families came to the Free Market and purchased the provisions using this ‘Love Currency’.

Ensued after the buying-selling affair was the delightful coloring activities with the little ones. MEPS and Kindness volunteers joined in the fun, together splashing palettes of colors to the black and white images of animals to entertain the kids. Concluding the meaningful event, Head of the Orang Asli Community, Tok BatinEbak on behalf of the Ulu Kemensah habitants expressed his sincere gratitude to MEPS and Kindness Malaysia for their commendable effort in stepping forward and reaching out to the less fortunate.
This second year of collaboration between MEPS and Kindness saw the formation of a synergistic relationship between them, in anticipation of future alliance to benefit the local community in need.

MEPS has always stayed true to its corporate social responsibility roots, firmly believing that a giving heart would translate into core values that cascade right down to every MEPS’ citizen. Its staff is actively engaged in community-based activities as part of their work culture. This is in tandem with MEPS’ tagline, “It Matters’, where the simplest gesture makes a difference.