The Dr. Bolton Orang Asli Trust

Jmb & jungle climbersThe Dr. Bolton Orang Asli Trust Fund was established in 2008 to continue the contribution of the late Dr J. Malcolm Bolton towards the advancement and wellbeing of the Orang Asli.

Dr. Bolton was instrumental in improving the healthcare system for the Orang Asli from 1955 to 1972 when he was the medical officer for the Department of Aborigines (later called the Department of Orang Asli Affairs, JHEOA).

The Orang Asli have always been held dear by Dr. Bolton. Even as he returned to the UK in retirement, he never failed to return to Malaysia to visit his Orang Asli friends, especially those whom he helped develop as paramedics and hospital assistants in the early years.

BarbaraUpon his death on 31 July 2006, at the age of 80 years, his sister, Mrs Barbara Richmond (above), set aside a major portion of her inheritance from him, to set up The Dr. Bolton Orang Asli Trust Fund. This was what Dr. Bolton’s had himself planned to do before his untimely death cut short his plans.

The Dr. Bolton Orang Asli Trust Fund is based in Malaysia. Six persons, including three Orang Asli and one Orang Asal, serve on the Board of Trustees, as follows:

Chairman     –  Melati Jamil
Secretary     –  Ramy Bulan
Treasurer     –  Mawarni Ambut
Members     –  Juli Edo, Lord Cranbrook, Colin Nicholas

Income for the Trust comes from the interest derived from the principal amount invested in the UK.

The Board of Trustees meets on a regular basis to plan and decide on matters pertaining to the Trust objectives. Frequently, however, especially with regard to grant applications, decisions are made via email communication.

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