Orang Seletar: Singapore’s Indigenous Sea Nomads
They were once Singapore’s indigenous sea nomads. Now, most of the Orang Seletar have settled in villages along Johor’s coast, with their love for the sea keeping their culture alive.
Orang Seletar is one of the native Orang Laut tribes. Orang Laut means sea people, and according to early Portuguese records, the Orang Seletar used to dock in various spots along Singapore’s and Johor’s coasts since the 14th century, including Seletar island.