25 May 2001


KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 (Bernama) -- Despite being dropped from the 21st SEA Games squad, world silat champion 2000 Zakri Ibrahim and Azlinda Ahmad are still determined to help the national team in the preparation for the biennial games.

They are prepared to be sparring partners to the national exponents who are vying for the eight gold medals at the SEA Games from Sept 8 to 17.

"I will still come down to assist the national silat team by giving moral support. If necessary, I am willing to be a sparring partner to the other exponents," Zakri told reporters after a closed-door meeting with Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, here today.

The meeting of the Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka) Instructors Chamber on Monday had endorsed the decision of the Pesaka Disciplinary Committee on April 24 which dropped the two exponents for breaching discipline by leaving the training camp without permission.

Zakri said his passion for the sport would not diminish although he had been dropped from the Gemilang 2001 team.

He said he would abide by the decision to drop him but he would not give up and retire.

Meanwhile, Azlinda expressed satisfaction over the meeting with Hishammuddin.

"I feel relieved and satisfied. Datuk (Hishammuddin) had given us inspiration not to give up hope, as there are still many more silat championships to be faced.

"I'm also prepared to be a sparring partner for other exponents if necessary," she said.

Both exponents said the meeting was called by Hishammuddin and not meant to be an appeal against the punishment imposed on them.

During the meeting which lasted one-and-a-half hours, Hishammuddin advised the two national exponents not to lose hope following the decision.

"I advised them that there is always a lesson to be gained from whatever obstacles and challenges they were facing, but don't take these obstacles and challenges as something that can kill their spirit," he said.

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22 May 2001


KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 (Bernama) -- World champions Zakri Ibrahim and Azlinda Ahmad are now out of the SEA Games national silat squad for good as their appeals were rejected by the Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka) masters' council who met today.

Pesaka secretary-general Megat Zulkarnain Omar Din said the meeting chaired by Pesaka president Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib unaninously confirmed their disciplinary committee's decision to drop the duo from the national side.

"Both were dropped as they have been found to have sneaked out of training camp without any permission," he said when contacted.

Last April 24, Pesaka's disciplinary committee chaired by Datuk Dr Ibrahim Saad decided to sack the duo for breach of discipline but gave them 21 days to appeal.

Megat Zulkarnain said as Pesaka's masters' council were the highest authority in deciding the issue, both silat exponents can no longer make any appeals for them to rejoin the national team.

He said whether the duo can still represent the nation after the September SEA Games depended on their respective silat associations.

"Pesaka will send a full report on this case to their respective silat bodies...the next action depends on these associations ,"he said.

Megat Zulkarnain said the council's decision showed that Pesaka would never compromise on disciplinary matters.

"Stern action like this is hoped to become a lesson to others and for it not to recur," he said.

Despite the views by certain quarters that the duo's abscence would weaken Malaysia's chances of winning gold medals in the SEA Games, he said Pesaka would not face difficulties in getting their replacements.

"We have several exponents from the back-up squad who are capable of replacing them," he said.

Megat Zulkarnain said Pesaka were still sticking to their target of winning eight of the 19 gold medals at stake in the SEA Games.

In Brunei two years ago, Malaysia won three golds, three silvers and four bronzes.

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16 May 2001

Silat still exhibited in Pusan

JAKARTA (JP): Indonesia's traditional martial arts pencak silat will still be featured as an exhibition event at the Pusan 2002 Asian Games in South Korea, securing a second commitment from the organizing committee.

Reports had said earlier that the Pusan Asian Games Organizing Committee (PAGOC) refused to stage the event due to financial shortages despite an earlier agreement that the Asian Pacific Pencak Silat Federation would pay all the expenses.

"The issue was cleared at the sidelines of a meeting for secretaries- general of the Olympics Confederation of Asian (OCA) on May 9 in Seoul," federation president Oyong Karmayudha told reporters on Tuesday.

"The federation will not cost PAGOC a single cent because all of our country members will share the expenses," he added.

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07 May 2001

School's silat team shines at sports festival

At last week's National Sports Festival, students from Sekolah Menegah Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja (SMPDSM) excelled at silat.

A press release from the school said, "A haul of 12 medals: 5 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze were presented by Principal Ms Tan Lian Lian at the school's weekly assembly."

"This was a particularly proud moment for the school as the medallists had worked so hard for their success.

"On their own initiative, during the school holidays the team had trained everyday to reach their best form."

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04 May 2001

No Olympic bid for silat, official says

JAKARTA (JP): The International Pencak Silat Federation (Persilat) refuted reports that it would bid to have the Indonesian martial art included in the Olympic Games.

The federation insisted it was concentrating all its efforts on having pencak silat featured as an exhibition sport at the 2002 Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea.

"We have never made a bid (for the Olympics) because our priority is to ensure the sport is featured at the Pusan Asiad. I have no idea why Megat Zulkarnain (the secretary-general of the Malaysian Pencak Silat Federation) made that statement," Persilat secretary-general Oyong Karmayudha said on Thursday.

"I have not contacted Megat but his statement was incorrect, because every initiative has to go through me as Persilat's secretary-general."

Utusan Malaysia quoted Megat as saying on Wednesday that Persilat had received a positive response from the International Olympics Committee (IOC) about the sport being included in the Olympics.

"We submitted a letter to IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch on March 26 saying Persilat hopes the sport can be included in the Olympics, and the response was good," Megat was quoted as saying.

Oyong said Persilat's country members did not have the authority to contact the IOC on their own, and any such initiative had to go through Persilat as pencak silat's world governing body and international federation.

"Besides, in his proposal Megat said Persilat has 83 country members while in fact we only have some 40 members."

The chance of pencak silat being staged as an exhibition sport at the Pusan Asiad appears to be slim, with the Pusan Asian Games Organizing Committee (PAGOC) having already thrown out an earlier agreement to include the sport.

"We recently received a letter from the PAGOC saying it was not possible to stage pencak silat because there were no funds to cover the expenses, although we submitted a proposal saying Persilat would provide the funds.

"The letter was signed by PAGOC's deputy secretary-general, who doesn't have any authority to make such a decision. It turns out that PAGOC's secretary-general who made the earlier commitment, Hahn Gi-bok, has resigned because of poor health," Oyong said.

"This forced us to approach PAGOC chairman Kim Un-yong, who is also the chairman of the South Korea Olympic Committee, to clarify the matter."

Oyong said it seemed that there had been some miscommunication between PAGOC officials concerning pencak silat's inclusion in the Asiad.

In another matter, Oyong expressed surprise that Malaysia had decided to include the women's 70 to 75 kilogram weightclass in the tarung (fighting) event at the Sept. 8 to Sept. 17 Southeast Asian Games, while eliminating the women's team arts event.

"I think Malaysia, as the host, is doing this to ensure its goal of taking eight of the 21 golds at stake."

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