ALOR SETAR, July 28 (Bernama) -- The Kedah branch of the National Silat Federation (Pesaka) today expressed regret that certain quarters are linking the federation to the Al-Ma'unah deviationist group.
Branch president Mohamed Hussain Mohamed Salleh said this had been happening since the July 2 arms heist and the subsequent hostage drama in Perak involving the Al-Ma'unah group.
"Some are even spreading the rumour that I have been caught for involvement in the arms robbery by the group," he told reporters.
Mohamed Hussain said the Al-Ma'unah group was not among the 18 silat associations affiliated to Pesaka.
The 18 associations, with a total membership of 30,000, are also all registered with the Registrar of Societies, he said.
On Monday, Kedah police said that five of the 27 Al-Ma'unah arrested in Sauk after the incident were from Kedah.
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