Dealings with Other Races.
The most nomadic of all the wild tribes of the Peninsula are certainly the wilder Semang, who seldom stay more than three days in any one locality, and spend their entire lives in the hunt for wild roots and game. These a cheery little hunters,a as they have been well described, travel continually in the north of the Peninsula, but do not usually appear to go far southward, their journeys being generally confined to the interior of the States of Perak, Kedah, and Kelantan, the old Malay State of Patani, and a portion of Trengganu and Pahang (north of the mouth of the river Tahan).
Of the Sakai tribes of Perak Sir F. Swettenham remarks that the common idea that they wander at large all over the hills is certainly a mistake. Each particular tribe keeps exclusively to its own valley, and is frequently at feud with its neighbours on either side.1 Their habits are migratory within their own districts, but except when compelled by the oppression of the Malays or other causes they seldom leave their own valleys.2
The Jakun or a savage Malayana tribes, among
* This does not mean that they actually go to war.
* Swettenham, op. cit.