SHAH ALAM, July 22 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today called on Malaysian youths to take up silat, the Malay martial art which has been accepted by other races and recognised internationally.
"There should be more silat exponents as silat is beginning to be accepted at the international level," he told reporters after opening the general meeting of Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka).
The Deputy Prime Minister said silat was gaining recognition as the practices it advocated contained good values.
"Every practise adopted by a silat exponent will usually make him a good individual," he said.
However, it was also important that he stayed away from practices that were not part of the true teachings of the art, especially practices that went against religious teachings, said Abdullah.
He said Pesaka was in the best position to monitor silat associations throughout the country to ensure that they did not indulge in activities that did not confine to Islam.
At the opening ceremony, Abdullah also launched Pesaka's website -- www.pesakamalaysia.com.
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