03 July 2001

Silat group signs MoU with police to promote activities

KUCHING, Sun. - Rumpun Silat Sarawak has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Police contingent to hold development activities for youths.

The signing ceremony was held during the opening of RSS Silat Masters Convention at the Indoor Stadium here last night. It was witnessed by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Acting Commissioner of Police Sarawak Dr Yusoff Nook signed on behalf of the force while RSS president Datuk Wan Ali Tuanku Yubi signed for the silat organisation.

Wan Ali said the MoU was aimed at fostering closer relations with the force particularly on silat activities for the youths.

He also disclosed that the police would incorporate silat classes under its cadet programme in schools.

"Under this programme, all cadet members will automatically become RSS members," said Wan Ali.

He also expressed confidence that the co-operation with the police would also help RSS to cultivate an interest in silat activities among students.

On the one-day convention, Wan Ali said it was attended by more than 500 silat masters from Sarawak.

"We have also invited silat masters from Jakarta who will demonstrate some of their unique silat movements," said Wan Ali.

The objective on holding the convention is to foster closer ties among silat masters.

It was also enhance their commitment and dedication towards the development of the martial art.

"Some of the masters are head of departments, farmers, fishermen, professionals as well as enterprenuers," Wan Ali said.

Set up in 1987, RSS is the main body regulating the silat activities in the State and recognised by the National Silat Federation (Pesaka).

He also said RSS would continue to improve the standard of silat activities in the State as well as to scout for potential silat exponents who could represent Sarawak at both national and international events.

Wan Ali also said the Pesta Silat Borneo would be held annually starting next year.

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