13 July 2000

Registrar wary of 'religious' silat bodies

KOTA KINABALU - The Registrar of Societies (ROS) said it will not entertain any application for registration by Silat bodies formed with religion connotations.

ROS Acting director here Alan Christopher Simmons said those bodies adopting religion terms, particularly Islam, as official names would require a supporting letter or declaration by the Islamic Religion Council of the respective state.

Alan said a group had once approached the department seeking to register a Silat body with religious connotations.

"They never returned after being told of the requirement," he said.

He disclosed that of the 3,000 organisations registered with ROS in Sabah, only 14 were Silat associations. He said none of them had contravened the regulations.

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