Who We Are
It began with friendship.
What started out as a friendship between an Orang Asli
and a civil engineering student in university led to the establishment of our social enterprise, Native.
In 2018, founder Daniel Teoh had been visiting Kampung Sungai Lalang for a project when he met Faizul, a Temuan native trying to complete building a shelter for his family. With the help of his university, Daniel and his mates successfully completed building Faizul’s new home and this relationship eventually led to them working together.
What started out as a dream to improve the standards of living for the community became reality when Daniel and Faizul provided travellers with the first immersive cultural experience hosted by the indigenous community members themselves.
All our ventures are hosted and led by our community partners. We encourage them to take ownership towards every venture that we explore together by supporting them in becoming independent business operators that is able to lead their own initiatives.
Native takes a co-creation approach towards all our ventures and gives our Orang Asli partners as much autonomy as possible by including them in all our decision-making processes. Cultivating a healthy partnership between Native and our community partners.
Our approach is to not only empower our community partners but to also build empowering narratives around the Orang Asli by empowering our guests with firsthand knowledge of the invaluable role our community partners play in nurturing our land and preserving a treasure trove of traditional skills.
“Discovering Malaysia the Native Way”
Co-creating community-based tourism ventures with indigenous communities in Peninsular Malaysia (the Orang Asli) to boost livelihoods and enable cultural discovery.