A postcard from Malaysia showing us how the natives prepare their food - baking rice and tapioca root in bamboo tubes. The Orang Asli (literally: "the original, natural people") are the indigenous people of Malaysia. In 2000, they comprised only 0.5% of the total population in Malaysia (app. 148,000). Eighteen different tribes within the Orange Asli can be destinguished, forming three major groups - Semang, Senoi and Proto-Malay. Sadly, the poverty rate and infant mortality rate among these tribes are very high.