20 December 2002

e wrong step and a sure gold was lost

ONE WRONG step was all it took SEA Games gold medallist Shalina Abdul Ghafar and Noorsyahidda Wafi Abdul Sani to lose the gold medal in the women's silat seni doubles at the Penang International Sport Arena in Relau yesterday.

Shalina and Noorsyahidda were doing well in their doubles event until the final moment when they wrong-stepped their move and that was it.

Vietnamese Nguyen Hong Nhung and Nguyen Hai Yen were duly awarded the gold medal, winning by a mere two points.

The Vietnamese were given 565 points while the two Malaysians garnered 563.

But the most painful part of it must have been the fact that the two Vietnamese were the ones whom Shalina and Noorsyahidda had beaten last year in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games for the gold medal.

Hence, their confidence of winning the gold medal again.

But that was until they mis-timed their movement and made that "fatal" step.

Said Shalina later: "We are disappointed and sad.

"We wanted to the gold medal but won the silver instead." Indonesia's Rida Malinda and Yuliana Fatimah finished with a score of 550 to win the bronze medal.

But then, Shalina and Noorsyahidda were not the only "losers" in the Malaysian squad.

The trios comprising Rina Juliana, Helena Nama and Norshaniza Azizan could only finish with a bronze medal.

The worst was they had to lose out on countback to Suryani, Pudji Dwi Riyanti and Mila Lusiana of Indonesia, after having tied at 459 points.

Nong Nhung and Hai Yen went on to put Vietnam in the lead in the medal count when they bagged their second gold in the trios, amassing 463 points.

Just like the women, the men also failed to produce the desired results.

Of the four semifinalists, only Mohd Zuber Ismail of the Class G silat olahraga, made it as the others bowed out.

Mohd Zuber thrashed his British opponent 5-0.

The three who could not proceed beyond the semifinals were Emy Latif, Abang Erdie Fauzerul Abang Fauzan and Azhar Ahmad.

Emy lost to Rodelyn Arlante of the Philippines 3-2 in the women's Class D while Abanf Erdie and Azhar were knocked out in the Class A and Class H.

Abang Erdie was defeated by Indonesia's Abdul Karim 5-0 while Azhar went down 3-2 to Mohd Imran Abdul Rahman of Singapore..

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19 December 2002

Jurida joins 10 others in finals

MALAYSIA continued to dominate the 12th World Silat Championships when four of their five exponents qualified for the silat olahraga's final rounds at the Penang International Sport Arena in Relau, Penang yesterday.

With the four qualifiers, Malaysia now have 10 exponents in the finals - six in the seni olahraga and four in the seni silat. And there could be more to come. The hosts still have eight exponents who feature in today's semi-finals. Jurida Hussein set the tone for Malaysia when she beat Indonesia's Pengky Simbar 4-1 in a women's Class A bout.

Mohd Azrin Abdul Malik then took it from there, sending Larry Sarreal of the Philippines out with a 4-1 margin in the men's Class I event. Malaysia, boosted by Jurida and Mohd Azrin's wins, pressed on with Ahmad Shahril registering a 4-1 win over Filipino Emmanuel Andres Baesa in a Class D bout.

Mohd Amin Saadon then wrapped up a fruitful day for the hosts when he beat another Filipino, Mark Corneta 5-0 in Class E. Alwie Jidin, however, fell to France's Chatelier Philpe 3-2 in the Class F category. As it stands, Malaysia can safely say they are on track to achieving the five-gold target set by the National Silat Association.

Results (Malaysians unless stated) - Men's Class A, s-finals: Ha Anh Tuan (Vie) bt Mohd Asadullah Karimullah (Sin) 5-0. Class D: Ahmad Sharil bt Emmanuel Andres Baesa (Phi) 4-1; A. Irsan Anwar (Ina) bt Zan Lon Khot (Myr) 5-0. Class E: Le Anh Tuan (Vie) bt Mohd Noor Rafili Mohd Ramli (Sin) 3-2; Mohd Amin Saadon bt Mark Corneta (Phi) 5-0. Class F: Dinh Cong Son (Vie) bt Suprapto (Ina) 4-1; Chatelier Philipe (Fr) bt Alwie Jidin 3-2. Class I: Mohd Azrin Abdul Malik bt Larry Sarreal (Phi) 4-1; Kanchanaphat (Tha) Truong Quang Anh (Vie) 4-1. Women's Class A, s-finals: Jurida Hussein bt Pengky Simbar (Ina) 4-1.

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PENANG, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia today won their first medals in the World Silat Championship here by clinching a silver and a bronze in the Silat Seni (artistic) events.

Rina Juliana Adnan, Helena Nama Payon Nadus and Norshaniza Azizan had the honour of winning the country's first medal, in the women's trios event.

They collected 459 points to match Indonesia's Suryani, Pudji Dwi Riyanti and Mila Lusiana, but the Indonesians were awarded the silver on a technical countback.

The gold went to Vietnam's Nguyen Hong Nhung, Nguyen Hai Yen and Ly Thi Kim on 463 points.

Shalina Abdul Ghafar and Noorsyahidda Wagi Abdul Sani then went one step further to win a silver for Malaysia in the women's pairs event with 563 points.

The event was won by Vietnam's Nguyen Hong Nhung and Nguen Hai Yen with 565 points while the bronze went to Indonesia's Rida Malinda and Yuliana Fatimah with 550 points.



Men's Solo

1.Eko Wahyudi (INA) (462)

2.Nguyen Viet Anh (VIE) (460)

3.Mohamad Zahid Saaban (SIN) (452)

Women's Trios

1.Nguyen Hong Nhung/Nguyen Hai Yen/Ly Thi Kim (VIE) (463)

2.Suryani/Pudji Dwi Riyanti/Mila Lusiana (INA) (459)

3.Rina Juliana Adnan/Helena Nama Nadus Payon/Norshaniza Azizan (MAS) (459)

Women's Pairs

1.Nguyen Hong Nhung/Nguyen Hai Yen (VIE) (565)

2.Shalina Abdul Ghafar/Noorsyahidda Wagi Abdul Sani (MAS) (563)

3.Rida Malinda/Yuliana Fatimah (INA) (550)


Women's D (60-65kg):

Trinh Thi Nga (VIE) bt Penforn Sangmukda (THA) (5-0)

Rodelyn Arlante (PHI) bt Emy Latif (MAS) (3-2)

Men's C (55-60kg):

Mohamad Zulfakar Mohd Ramli (SIN) bt Dulnuan (PHI) (technical)

Jako Suprihanto (INA) bt Le Bang Truang (VIE) (5-0)

Men's A (45-50kg):

Abdul Abdul Karim (INA) bt Abg Erdie Fauzerul Abg Fauzan (MAS) (5-0)

Men's B (50-55kg):

Luftan Budi.S (INA) bt Tin Oo (MYA) (4-1)

Nguyen Thuy (VIE) bt Miftah Cae Wae (THA) (5-0)

Men's G (75-80kg):

Nguyen Hun Long (VIE) bt Alfred Neef (NED) (4-1)

Mohamad Zuber Ismail (MAS) bt Jason Davis (UK) (5-0)

Men's H (80-85kg):

Mohamad Imran Abdul Rahman (SIN) bt Azhar Ahmad (MAS) (3-2)

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18 December 2002

Sarah and Mastura in finals as Azlinda falls

TEARS of joy and sorrow flowed freely at the Malaysian camp yesterday as four exponents qualified for the finals and four for the semi-finals while two-time world champion Azlinda Ahmad bowed out disappointingly in her return to the national squad after being dropped for indiscipline last year.

The other exponent who was also booted out during the men's Class B quarter-finals was Negri Sembilan's Burhan Budong. He lost 1-4 to Vietnam's Nguyen Thuy. National champions Sarah Ishak and Mastura Rafuan, however, brought relief and joy to the homesters when they won their respective bouts to qualify for tomorrow's finals. They were the first two Malaysians to book their places in the finals in the championships which started on Sunday. Lincah Malaysia's national champion Rina Jordana Adnan qualified for the silat olahraga final in the evening, and returned later to book her ticket in the silat seni singles' finals. She scored 453 points in Pool A and is joined in the finals by Singapore's Alya Osman, Ly Thi Kim Tien of Vietnam and Dayang Rosidah Lamit of Brunei from Pool B. Mohamad Eswendy Maulana and Mohamad Andy Kabil also qualified for the men's doubles finals, joining Indonesians Asep Heri and Kusliwa Gunawan and Vietnam's Nguyen Hoi Bro and Nguyen Viet Anh and Spain's pair of Inigo Zarandona and Miguel Ange Salgado. But Sarah did not have it easy as she had to sweat it out against her relatively tough opponent from Indonesia, Nontje Sangkop before gaining victory. Backed by the supportive home crowd, Sarah however managed to gain points in her bouts to edge Nontje narrowly 3-2. Mastura, meanwhile, defeated Spain's Sofia Villa Nueva in the Class F category. The biggest disappointment was Azlinda, who won gold medals in Haadyai (1994) and Jakarta (2000), as she failed to overcome Vietnamese Pham Thi Hub in the freestyle category. Pham won 5-0. Four other exponents in the men's and women's categories managed to advance to the semi-finals. Mohd Arif Kamis won the freestyle event with a 5-0 margin while Mohd Zuber Ismail and Azhar Ahmad entered through Class G and H respectively. In the women's category, Hadziah Buang advanced to the semi-finals. RESULTS (Malaysia unless stated) - Men's Freestyle - Q-finals: Nguyen Thanh Arch Nhut (Vie) bt Zaenudin (Ina) 5-0, Mohd Arif Kamis bt Sukhjit Singh Shergill (Bri) 5-0; Class B: Nguyen Thuy (Vie) bt Burhan Budong 4-1; Class G: Mohd Zuber Ismail bt Abdul Kadir Ibrahim (Sin) 4-1, Alfred Neef (Ned) bt Wettle Gilles (Fr) 5-0. Class H: Azhar Ahmad bt Andy Zulkarnein (Ina) 5-0, Ronald Roll Vink (Ned) bt Ariftaskin Kokkoz (Bri) 5-0, Mohd Imran Abdul Rahman (Sin) bt De Becker Jan (Bel) 5-0, Nguyen Van Hung (Vie) bt Abchi Abdellah (Fr) 5-0; Class J: Hoang Giang (Vie) bt Glant Werder (Aus) 5-0, Bauke van Houten (Ned) bt Fritel Frederick (Fr) 5-0. Women's Freestyle - Q-finals: Pham Thi Hub (Vie) bt Azlinda Ahmad 5-0; Class B: Rina Jordana Adnan bt Siti Norhamizah Azahari (Bru) 5-0, Permata Kamalasari (Ina) bt Serena De Thomis (Ned) 4-1; Class C: Hadizah Buang bt Petra Postmus (Ned) 4-1, Tringh Thi Mui (Vie) bt Ni Komang Ayu (Ina) 4-1. S-finals - Class A: Le Thing Hong (Vie) bt Aungkana Aun Kasiwet (Tha) 5- 0; Class E: Lam Thi Huong (Vie) bt Pieters W. (Bel) 5-0, Sarah Ishak bt Nontje Sangkop (Ina) 3-2; Class F: Mastura Sapuan bt Sofia Villa Nueva (Sp) 5-0, Le Thi Hong Ngoan (Vie) bt Dwidamayanthi (Ina) 3-2. Silat Seni qualifying round men's doubles Pool A: Asep Heri G-Kusliwa Gunawan (Ina) 579 pts; Mohamad Eswendy Maulana-Mohamad Andy Kabil 566; Muhd Fazrul Aziz-Kamarulah Arifin Mohd Tahir (Sin) 563; Bart Stevens- Ronald De Haan (Ned) 537. Pool B: Nguyen Hoi Bro-Nguyen Viet Anh (Vie) 543; Inigo Zarandona-Miguel Angel Salgado (Spn) 502; Muhamad Ibnu Rodi-Adesmy Hamad (Tha) 492. Trios Pool A: Mohd Rashid-Abdul Rahim-Mohd Hafizul (Sin) 457; Pepijn Schviling-Michiel Wessiling-Chris Pieneman (Ned) 446; Miftah Caewae- Waratat Tapmongkol-Kitiroi Assavaaree (Tha) 434; Inigo Zarandona-Miguel Angel-Iker Goiri (Spn) withdrew. Pool B: Rizanul Wahyudi-Yunanta Chandra-Nuryudha Bijak (Ina) 460 (172); Nguyen Viet Anh- Nguyen Huy Bao-Nguyen Dang Linh (Vie) 460 (170); Omar Abdullah-Azahari Abu Bakar-Muhammad Rafee 455; Adrien Kardar-Shah Haque- Sean Kardar (Eng) 423. Women's singles Pool A: Rina Jordana Adnan 453; Alya Osman (Sin) 451; Tuti Winarni (Ina) 442; Aangkana Aun Kasiwet (Tha) 436; Anita Khorugdharry (Eng) 422. Pool B: Ly Thi Kim Tien (Vie) 461; Dayang Rosidah Lamit (Bru) 454; Blanka Michaela Remeseva (Czech) 444; Rosana Urrutikoetxea (Spn) 437.

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17 December 2002

Give Malaysia five

MALAYSIA are within striking distance of achieving the five-gold target after three of the country's silat olahraga exponents triumphed in the 12th World Silat championships at Penang International Sports Arena in Relau yesterday. And that's excluding the women who made it to the trios and doubles silat seni finals on Thursday. The man who gave the Malaysian supporters the early cheers was Alwie Jidin when he kicked out England's Arash Adami 4-1 in Class F.

Ahmad Sharil Zailudin then sent Vietnamese Nguyen Xuang Hung crashing 4-1 in Class D. Mohd Amin Saadon wrapped it up for the host country when he defeated Holland's European champion Jan van Houten 4-1. The trios' achievement and that of their three other fellow exponents who made it to the semifinals on the opening day on Sunday, saw Malaysia having a total of six exponents in the semifinals. The only Malaysian who failed to advance to the last four was 2001 SEA Games gold medallist Ismail Darul.

Ismail lost 0-5 to Vietnam's Le Ba Truang in Class C. Those who qualified on Sunday were Mohd Azrin Abdul Malik, the recent national champion, and Emy Latif and Jurida Hussein in the women's category. Mohd Azrin of Pahang defeated Indonesia's Sigit Infantoro 5-0 in the men's Class I. Emy then beat Indonesia's Puspa Endah 5-0 in Class D and Jurida, the Class A national champion, knocked out Japanese Akiko Asami 5-0. The combination of Rina Juliana, Helena Nama and Norshaniza Azizan came out second to Vietnam in Pool B in the women's trios. In the doubles, Shalina Abdul Ghafar and Noorsyahidda Wagi Abdul Sani displayed great skills to garner the highest points of 576 in Pool A to move into the final with Singapore (553).

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PENANG, Dec 17 (Bernama) -- Reigning world champion Azlinda Ahmad of Malaysia crashed out in the semifinals of the World Silat Championship held at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) here today.

However her teammates Sarah Ishak and Mastura Sapuan managed to beat their respective opponents to qualify for the final bout in their categories.

Azlinda, 29, lost to Vietnam's Pham Thi Hub 0-5 in the Putri (women) Open division.

Meanwhile Sarah defeated Dwidamayanthi of Indonesia 3-2 in the Putri E (65-70kg) category while Mastura overwhelmed Sofia Villa Nueva of Spain 5-0 in the Putri F (70-75kg) division.

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15 December 2002

Netherlands eyeing four gold

EUROPEAN Pencak Silat champions, the Netherlands are confident of winning a minimum of four gold medals at the 12th World Silat Championship at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) in Relau, Penang beginning today.

The strong eight-man and two women squad arrived last Saturday and immediately got down to training at the competition venue. Netherlands' coach Johann Davids said the last time they won gold was four years ago in Jakarta, Indonesia where they managed two gold medals.

"Alfred Neef, who had won the gold four years ago is competing in this tournament and is a good bet for the gold in the 80kg category," said Davids.

"The chances of our team performing well is very good as they all are well prepared and ready for challenge.

"Most of the martial arts exponents have experience in competing in the World Championship and are prepared for anything," added Davids after a training session at Bukit Jambul in Penang on Thursday.

Davids said the sport is very popular and has many followers in the Netherlands because there are many Indonesians there who promote the martial art. There are more than 50 clubs with more than 1,500 registered exponents and maybe another 5,000 unregistered.

As proof of their seriousness, Davids revealed that parents and friends of the exponents and a host of supporters will be flying to Penang to lend their support.

The Dutch team comprises Orio Ruys (60kg), Roy Jozefzoon (65kg), Jan van Houten (70kg), Martijn Houwerzijl (75kg), Alfred Neef (80kg), Ronald Roolvink (85kg), Klaas Dupon (90kg) and Bauke van Houten. The women exponents are Sarena de Thomis (55kg) and Petra Postmus (60kg). Roy Smith is the team manager and he is assisted by Frans Veetman and coaches Johann Davids and Julian Langitan. A total of 350 exponents from 26 countries will compete in the championship which ends on Dec 21.

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14 December 2002

Unknown but determined UK group

SILAT is still unheard-of to many in England eventhough the Pencak Silat Federation of United Kingdom was established about eight years ago. But that did not deter a small group of young exponents in London to take up the martial art as a form of self defence solely for the love of the sport.
A relatively young and inexperienced team of seven men and three women arrived on Monday to compete in the 12th World Silat Championship to be held at the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) in Relau, Penang starting tomorrow.

Team manager Karin Langle said for eight of the pesilats this is their first international competition, while the two others had competed in the last world championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"We came here to provide exposure to our athletes and also for them to gain experience competing in big tournaments. "We are not expecting to win any medals, but it would definitely be good if we do so.

"This is not a district or a regional competiton, but a world championship, and we know our level," said Langle during her team's training session at Pisa yesterday. Langle said most of the exponents were university students while the rest were working full time, and they only managed to get the team together two months ago and started preparing them for the tournament. It would have been a much bigger team if not for the timing of the competition as the December month is always the examination month and they could not skip them.

The team trained under chief coach Setiyono Hakzah and his assistant Indonesian Harun AlRasyid. She said the Federation was trying its best to promote the sport in UK yet those outside London are ignorant of the sport. When asked about the negative reports of Malaysia being spread, Langle told Timesport that they were least worried about it all.

"All of us are from London and we are used to the IRA bombings and all those talk about Malaysia not being safe never at all detered us from coming here. "This is a lovely country and the people are all very nice and friendly, it would have been sad if we didn't make it here. "We were more worried of not coming here than coming here," said a jovial Langle.

The team led by Langle comprises Tony Shergill, Arif Kokkof, Shah Hague, Jason Davis, Arash Adami and brothers Sean and Adrien Kardar while the women exponents are Hannah Airashid, Anita Khorugdharry and Afcaneh Arghianey. A total of 350 exponents from 26 countries will compete in the championship which will end on Dec 21. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will declare open the championship at Pisa at 8pm today.

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PENANG, Dec 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is among the safest countries in the world due to its political stability and secured economy, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today.

The Deputy Prime Minister said this was proven by its ability to host various international events.

Speaking at the opening of the 12th World Silat Championship here, he said foreign visitors could also go anywhere they wanted in the country without fear.

Abdullah said the economic stability made Malaysia a shopping haven for tourists.

Nineteen countries are taking part in the week-long championship.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his message urged silat organisations such as the National Silat Association (PESAKA) to find out why the younger generation was no longer interested in the Malay martial art.

He said steps must be taken to correct this in efforts to produce future generation, strong in character and did not fear challenges.

Dr Mahathir said the government welcomed efforts to promote the silat since it could help prevent the youths from indulging in unhealthy activities.

"The silat inculcates discipline and self confidence," he said.

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06 December 2002

Silat exponent Sutton to write book on `most beautiful form of martial arts'

JOHOR BARU, Wed. - Those interested in silat will soon have a new source of reference in the form of a book, penned by a very unlikely author, English language teacher Nigel C. Sutton. The 42-year-old native of Bognor Regis, West Sussex, England, has completed his five-year training in the Lianpadukan and Silat Melayu Lok Sembilan schools and is now preparing to write about it.

Sutton, who is also a master in wushu and taijiquan, speaks Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia fluently. Teaching English at the First English Language Centre in Batu Pahat now, Sutton has written seven books since his maiden effort titled Applied Taijiquan was published in 1990.

"I want to write the book on silat because it is perhaps the most beautiful form of martial arts which is less known outside the Malay world. "I also want people from other societies to learn more about the richness of the Malay traditions by providing them with an insight on the intrinsic and graceful art of silat."

Sutton will use what he learnt from his silat gurus, Azlan Ghanie and Mohammed Hasyim Salleh, as materials for the book. The Englishman, who has been residing in this country since 1992, recently procured the white belt, which is the highest level of grading for silat exponents.

Recalling his graduation night for the Lianpadukan silat school, Sutton said he completed it after a sevenhour ritual which began at 10pm. Describing the experience as scary, Sutton said one of the tests he had to undergo was to spar against five seniors.

"It wasn't actually just a case of sparring, as they practically attacked me with lethal blows and devastating kicks." Other than the bruising encounter, Sutton was also required to undergo other tests such as breaking the buah keras with his fingers and hammering nails using his bare hands.

"As the ceremony came to a close, I had to endure a cold shower which signified the cleansing of the body. According to my guru, this will bring God's protection for me when I meet with danger.

"When I got my white belt, my guru asked me if I would be able to turn the other cheek when I am slapped by someone and I said that I couldn't. To this, my guru said a true silat master is like a holy man and the art of restraint is essential in this craft."

Sutton's wife, Tan Mew Hong, 39, of Batu Pahat, is also a martial arts enthusiast and is learning silat at the first grade. Like her husband, she is also a master of wushu and taijiquan.

On his passion for writing, Sutton said he normally writes about 1,000 words a day. He had recently launched Silat Warrior, a magazine on martial arts targeting readers in the Western countries. On the circulation of the magazine, Sutton said it was less than encouraging judging from the three issues produced since May last year, but he was not about to give up.

Sutton is also planning to set up an umbrella organisation for local and foreign martial arts enthusiasts next year. He believed Malaysia had the potential to attract foreign martial arts enthusiasts as the Muay Thai Institute and the Lanna Muay Thai Boxing Camp were doing for Thailand.

"For one thing, Malaysia is even better than Thailand; there are more English-speaking people here. "Tour packages can be arranged for family members while their loved ones train under a proposed 21-day module programme."

A member of the Zhong Ding Traditional Martial Arts Association, Sutton said the association was celebrating its 15th anniversary here next September. Raised in a musically inclined family where his father was a musician and younger sister a composer, Sutton said he picked up taijiquan at the age of 13 and had never looked back.

His love for martial arts took him to Beijing where he won the gold medal in the Tianjin International Cup in 1986. Since coming to Malaysia in 1992, Sutton has been spending every Christmas in this country.

"Except for the weather, there is little difference in spending Christmas here compared to England. In fact, my 10-year-old son and six-year-old daughter love Malaysia so much as they also get to celebrate other major festivals," he added.

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23 October 2002


PENANG, Oct 23 (Bernama) -- Twenty-one countries, including nine Asean nations, have confirmed their participation in the 12th World Silat Championship to be held at the Penang International Sports Arena here on Dec 14-21.

The championship's organising committee chairman, Datuk Azhar Ibrahim, said today that the nine Asean countries were Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei, the Philippines and host Malaysia.

The other confirmed entries were from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, Canada, United States, Germany, Australia, Japan and Korea, he told Bernama here.

The organising committee was still awaiting confirmation from countries like South Africa, Portugal, Suriname and Palestine, he said, adding that the closing date was end of this month.

He said three new categories -- Super Heavyweight for male and female above 95kg and "Jurus Wajib Puteri -- would be added to the existing 22.

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21 October 2002

Taking silat to the Internet

IF someone (me) were to face immediate danger (hostile girlfriend who just found out that I cancelled a date with her because of an emergency - a few dozen laps around the go-kart track with my friends), it would be useful to know some form of self-defence (aside from running away while flailing my arms and screaming like a little girl). Silat is a good option.

For centuries, silat was practised mainly by members of royalty and their warriors. During the reign of Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin (1854-1879), a senior officer in the Kedah military was instrumental in helping to defend the State from enemy incursion. This officer was a silat exponent. Many legendary names have become synonymous with this Malay martial art such as Hang Tuah, Mat Kilau and Tok Janggut.

At the turn of the century, more people began to practise silat, usually taught by gurus who had picked up the martial art from other exponents.

Traditionally, the art was spread through physical contact between guru and student.

However, modern technology is threatening to change all that. Silat groups have begun to make their presence felt in cyberspace, and a number of Web sites dedicated to the martial art have sprung up and are attracting a lot of attention. Among them is Silat Cekak Hanafi Malaysia (www. cekakhanafi.com).

But first, a little bit of background. Silat Cekak Hanafi, originally known simply as silat cekak, was first practised in Kedah during the 1800s. It was passed down from generation to generation, right up until 1965 when Hanafi Haji Ahmad became its Guru Utama (Supreme Master). Under his leadership, the martial art was given a breath of fresh air, thus re- inventing itself as Silat Cekak Hanafi.

Today, according to its communications and publicity chief Amrahi Buang, they are the pioneers in bringing silat to the virtual world. Besides helping to promote silat, their Web site also serves as a communications centre for members of Silat Cekak Hanafi Malaysia, which consists of 36,000 members spread over 13 branches throughout the country.

It is through this Web site, which is in Bahasa Melayu, that the members organise themselves and keep in touch with each other. Memos and official announcements are all sent via electronic mail (e-mail) as this, says Amrahi, eliminates the risk of getting things lost in the mail.

The main feature of the site is a bulletin board called Bulletin Lading Online. It contains a schedule of events and happenings in the silat community. The Sejarah section presents a short history of Silat Cekak Hanafi. It is an impressive database of information about the martial art, from its origin to the basic fighting techniques.

Chatroom. Then there is Virtual Office, a section for registered users only. In this section are an official forum for members to hold discussions, a chatroom where members can drop in for a chat, and e-mail facilities.

Averaging 500 hits per day, the efforts of the Silat Cekak Hanafi Web site have not gone unnoticed. It has received several awards, the most notable being the USMA Martial Arts Web site Excellence Award. It has also been selected as the main Web site representing all other local silat groups.

Through the Web site, the Malay martial art of silat has found a new home and a new set of followers.

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05 October 2002

Eight countries participate in Pencak Silat exhibition

Busan, Oct 5 (ANTARA) - As many as 50 pencak silat (traditional Indonesian martial arts) athletes from eight countries participated in an exhibition match held as part of cultural activities during Asian Games 2002 in Busan, South Korea, Saturday.

The athletes came from Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea.

The exhibition -- held at the Faculty of International Studies, Busan University -- was organized by the International Federation of Pencak Silat (Persilat) to promote the sport for the next Asian Games in 2006 scheduled to be held in Qatar.

President of Persilat, Eddy M. Nalapraya said, silat exhibition matches are expected to serve as a bridge between the federation and the Olympic Committee Asia (OCA).

"The silat exhibition during the Busan Asian Games is aimed to seek support from OCA, regarding to the plan to include pencak silat in the next Asian Games 2006 in Qatar," Eddy, who is also chairman of the Indonesian Pencak Silat Association (IPSI), said.

Persilat was established in 1980 and groups 40 member countries.

But the Indonesian traditional self-defense sport has only been included as international sport event in the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) 1987 in Jakarta.

Meanwhile, chairman of Asian Games committee, Prof. Kim Soo-il said, the silat exhibition in Busan is expected to open the chance for the event to be competed in Qatar in 2006.

Similarly, a Filipino pencak silat athlete, Angelica Starlight, has expressed hope that silat could be included in the Asian Games.

The second day of the exhibition on Sunday will feature competitions in nine categories, including four duelling and five artistic pencak silat numbers.

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01 October 2002

Pencak Silat: A step away from becoming an official sport

An exhibition sport will not mean more gold, silver or bronze medals to pursue in the 14th Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, but nevertheless Pencak Silat will make an ambitious move toward international recognition.

There will be a fantastic opportunity to show the public, especially the Asian community, that there is a different technique of self defense, known locally and in the Southeast Asia region as Pencak Silat, which deserves international, or at least regional, recognition.

Many, mainly in the Pencak Silat community, have praised its success in managing to get accepted to Asia's biggest sporting event, following Karate and Judo from Japan, Tae Kwon Do from Korea and Wushu from China. "Although, it (Pencak Silat) will only be an exhibition sport in the Busan Asian Games, it's a great stride toward receiving more international recognition," said Indonesian Pencak Silat Federation (IPSI) President and President of the International Pencak Silat Federation (Persilat) Eddie Nalapraya of Indonesia, on the sidelines of a recent function celebrating the inclusion of Pencak Silat in the 2002 Asian Games.

Similar feelings were shared by Abdullah Syafei, President of Singapore Pencak Silat Federation, who expressed his joy at the inclusion of Pencak Silat in the Asiad.

Meanwhile, President of Malaysia's Pencak Silat Federation Tan Sri H. Mohammad Thaib said: "It's a golden milestone for Pencak Silat in its attempt to receive official international recognition."

Pencak Silat combines the skill of various traditional ethnic of self defense techniques inherited by the people within the Southeast Asia from their ancestors centuries ago.

Nowadays, Pencak Silat has been globally promoted and developed in the five continents under the flag of Persilat (International Pencak Silat Federation, Persekutuan Pencak Silat Antar Bangsa). The umbrella organization was co-founded by Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam in 1980. Since then, the organization has spread to 40 countries.

The long and winding road toward reaching international recognition began in 1987, when Pencak Silat was included as an official event in the 14th Southeast Asia (SEA) Games in Jakarta, involving nine participating countries.

Meanwhile, in the global arena, a Pencak Silat World Championship is held every two years.

At home, Pencak Silat managed to enter the country's local official multi-sport event, the National Games (PON), in 1973, long after Indonesia had its Pencak Silat Federation (IPSI) established in Solo (Surakarta, Central Java) in 1948.

And the long wait to enter a larger international stage has borne fruit as Pencak silat was finally allowed as an exhibition sport at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, (the city formerly known as Pusan) South Korea before a probable official inclusion of it in Qatar, the site of the 2006 Asian Games.

The Busan Asian Games Organizing Committee has allowed Pencak Silat athletes to participate but will treat them differently from the official contingents, in that the pencak silat contingent will have to arrange its contest at its own cost during the competition.

The Busan games will run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 14 and pencak silat will take place for two days on Oct. 5 and 6. Athletes from 15 countries, including host South Korea, are expected to compete in the exhibition.

It would not be too much of a distant dream to have Pencak Silat eventually make it all the way to the Olympic Games, as its competition and scoring systems share similarities with martial arts from other countries, such as Karate, Judo, Tae Kwon Do and Wushu.

For competition purposes, Pencak Silat is divided into four categories -- match, solo, doubles and team.

The match category involves a competition that involves two athletes from different teams using the elements of Pencak Silat's self defense and attack techniques with the goal of achieving a higher score.

Solo is when an athlete performs the Pencak Silat Single Compulsory Steps with accuracy and precision, both empty-handed and with weapons.

The double involves two pesilat of the same team who perform their skills and Pencak Silat's defense and attack techniques.

The team category involve three pesilats of the same team who perform their skills empty-handed in the Team Compulsory Steps accurately.

The four categories are divided into male and female events.

Apart from the successful continuing lobbying endeavors of Persilat officials to include Pencak Silat in international multi-event sports tournaments, the questions will be on how people of the countries of origin of Pencak Silat, especially Indonesia, could maintain their supremacy in every tournament in the future.

Or will they be willing to see themselves as spectators only, while other countries excel and dominate every Pencak Silat tournament?

A good, but threatening example should be the 2000 Pencak Silat World Championship in Jakarta when Indonesia managed to top the overall medal tally with 14 golds but relative newcomer Vietnam came second with five golds. However, the latest world championship had shown us that four of the Vietnamese gold medalists were women, in contrast to Indonesia's mens' achievement.

Vietnam's increasing threat had begun in the 20th SEA Games in Brunei Darussalam when its team outclassed Indonesia with seven golds, while Indonesia came second with five golds.

An honest, but bitter statement from Eddie Nalapraya is that "Pencak Silat is no longer Indonesia's property". This should be a real lesson to those involved here.

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20 September 2002

We need money, say Pesaka

THE National Silat Association (Pesaka) are still in the dark over the financing of their exponents for the Games. Silat will be a demonstration sport in South Korea and will likely make their debut as a medal sport in four years time.

Pesaka secretary Megat Zulkarnain Datuk Omar Din said they have written to the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) asking them for funds but to date, have yet to receive a reply. "We have been depending solely on the goodwill of the National Sports Council (NSC) for all our needs," said Zulkarnain.

"They are funding our development project for the 2006 Asiad and all our current needs for the coming Games.

"NSC in fact will also help us to host the World Championships in December. "But since we will be competing in this year's Asian Games - although as a demonstration sport - I think it is only right for OCM to give us an answer as quickly as possible." Zulkarnain admitted he is not very sure what the procedure for funding is when it comes to exhibition sports, but said that both the Singapore and Indonesian exponents are fully funded by their respective Olympic Councils.

"The Indonesian exponents, in fact, will get the same privileges as the athletes who will contest for medals," said Zulkarnain. "All we are asking is for the OCM to let us know if they will pay for our exponents.

If not, we will have to search for sponsors." He added that Pesaka are confident of delivering at least three gold medals in four years time. This, he said, is why it is important to send the exponents to Busan. "How many sports can confidently predict three gold medals?" he asked. "Not many I can tell you.

Three gold medals will surely boost Malaysia's overall standings and we at Pesaka are willing to predict it. "We are only sending eight exponents to Busan to compete in seven events (five in the olahraga and three in three in the seni division).

But in four years time, there will be 20 gold medals at stake. "Of the 20, we feel our exponents can bring home at least three gold medals, and that is not counting the other medals which we could win as well." But for now, Zulkarnain said the exponents will continue to train as usual until the final list of exponents is decided on Sept 30.

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19 September 2002


KEPALA BATAS, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Some 600 exponents from over 30 countries are expected to take part in the 12th World Pencak Silat Championship on Dec 14-21 here.

Event organising committee chairman Datuk Azhar Ibrahim said 22 gold medals were at stake in the championship to be held in the Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa).

The tournament is also hoped to promote Penang in the world tourism map, Azhar, who is the excoman for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development told Bernama here today.

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02 September 2002

Exponents barred from contact class

THE National Silat Association (Pesaka) have barred all national exponents from silat olahraga (contact) class for the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in the hope of finding new talent. However, those in the silat seni (artistic) category, will be allowed to compete.

Pesaka secretary Megat Zulkarnain Datuk Omar Din (right) said that the association realised that there are not many new talent coming through and as such, took the decision last week. Pesaka have an eye on the 2006 Asian Games where they hope silat will make its debut as a medal sport and as such, have identified this year's Sukma as the place to find the champions of tomorrow. Silat will be a demonstration sport in the Busan Games later in the year.

"Although only a handful of our exponents are eligible to compete in Sukma, we felt it would be better to bar them from competing," said Zulkarnain. "Moreover, the national exponents are now preparing for the World Championships in December which will be in Penang.

"Pesaka do not want them to get injured just before such an important meet. "The reason we allowed those from the silat seni to compete as it is not a contact sport." For the record, only Pahang's Mohd Hanif Ahmad who was crowned national champion in July, is the only one from the silat seni who is eligible to compete in Kota Kinabalu.

Zulkarnain also said that Pesaka will hold their council meeting in Sabah as all their top officials will be present in Kota Kinabalu. Among the items on the agenda is the proposal of disciplinary action against the Lincah Malaysia association for their disorderly behaviours over the loss of their exponent, SEA Games champion Ismail Darus, during the national championships.

"The council will also discuss the actions of our own officials who made the mistake of appointing a Gayuh Fatani judge for the bout, which is clearly against the rules as his fighter was involved," added Zulkarnain.

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10 August 2002

Ex-World Junior Silat champion, girlfriend die in ravine crash

KUANTAN, Fri. - A former World Junior Silat champion and his girlfriend were killed when the car they were travelling in plunged into a 15-metre deep ravine at the Indera Mahkota 14 Industrial Estate here last night.

Mohd Firdaus Mohd Samsudin, 19, a student with an industrial training institute in Jalan Teluk Sisek here and Betty Azanirawatty Mohd Hisham, 20, are believed to have been killed after the Nissan Bluebird plunged into the ravine.

Betty Azanirawatty, was a trainee from Batu Rakit Teacher's Training College in Terengganu. Mohd Firdaus, a former World Junior Silat champion, won the gold medal in the 45-48kg category in Hanoi two years ago.

District Deputy Police Chief Superintendent Lim Char Boo said Betty Azanirawatty was driving the car when it plunged into the ravine about 11.50pm.

Police arrived at the scene minutes later after receiving a call from the public. Lim said the victims died due to injuries on their head, neck and chest.

Firemen had to be called into to help remove their bodies.

Mohd Firdaus was buried at the Cenderwasih Muslim cemetery here and Betty Azanirawatty in Pekan today.

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Brunei's Silat martial artists go for gold

A team of 10 of the Sultanate's best Silat martial artists and officers of Brunei Silat Association (PERSIB) were flown to Singapore yesterday afternoon to represent Brunei at the Asia Pacific Pancak Silat Competition in Singapore. Pengiran Pengawa Lela bentara Pengiran Haji Mokhtar Puteh, Chairman or PERSIB, greeted the participants at the Brunei International Airport.

Their families were also there to put the last straw of motivation before they commenced their journey to compete with the world's best.

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02 August 2002

Still living in the Middle Ages

SILAT, the ancient Malay art of self-defence, has stoked the imagination in the 21st century, with more than 100 nations now practising the fighting style. Sadly, there are still some locals who are stuck in the Middle Ages. How else could one explain the actions of the Lincah Malaysia association, who threatened to walk out of the 12th National Championships on Wednesday following the loss of their exponent, Ismail Darus, the day before.

The association were unhappy that their protest was upheld but no rematch was ordered. This was despite the assurance given by the national body that Ismail would be given a second chance to earn a berth for the World Championships in Penang at year's end.

The National Silat Association (Pesaka) must throw the book at the guilty culprits when they hold their executive council later this month. Otherwise, it would seem like the national body are condoning such actions.

Silat is no stranger to controversy as there have been many cases of indiscipline in the past, and exponents have been thrown out of national camps. As such, Pesaka must now act on the responsible parties - even if it would mean that one or more national coaches are involved.

Pesaka secretary Megat Zulkarnain, who offered to quit his post as he is a member of Lincah Malaysia - even though he was not party to their actions - must also be persuaded to stay on. Although the national championships were hosted by Kuala Lumpur, it was Megat who saw to the smooth running of the tournament, which could have been chaotic at times.

With the World Championships just four months away, Pesaka must be seen to be strong and they need good leaders like Megat. It is just the bad hats like those from Lincah Malaysia, who eventually finished as overall champions, that should be suspended.

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01 August 2002

Walkout quelled by Muhammad

FOR the second day running, controversy hit the 12th National Silat Championships but a firm hand from Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib quelled a walkout staged by Lincah Malaysia. The walkout also almost forced the resignation of National Silat Association (Pesaka) secretary Megat Zulkarnain as he felt ashamed since he was a member of Lincah.

Pesaka president Muhammad, however, rejected the resignation, and convinced Lincah to carry on and then promised stern action when the Pesaka executive council meets next month. Ironically, Lincah Malaysia went on to take the overall title with five gold medals, one more than Pahang and Gayung Fatani.

Lincah were upset over the loss of their SEA Games champion Ismail Darus in Tuesday's class B semifinals to Nik Adli Nik Abdullah of Gayuh Fatani. Despite the fact that the technical committee ruled in their favour, the match was still awarded to Adli. Although they accepted the ruling, it was a different story in the morning as they wanted to withdraw from the tournament, which is being used to select the national team to the inaugural Asia Pacific Championships next month. However, the president stepped in to advice them and they then agreed to carry on. "The president did not want to take immediate action as he feels we should allow the tournament to end first. Moreover, Lincah Malaysia did eventually compete," explained Megat.

On the mat, there were hardly any surprises as all the rest of the national exponents proved once again that they are the masters. Malacca's Ahmad Faisal Omar continued his 10-year unbeaten streak in the men's Class I with a 5-0 victory while Mohd Azrin Malek retained the Class H title for the fourth time.

RESULTS Finals Men Class A: Abg Erdie Pauzerul (Sarawak) bt Mohd Fazli Razali (G Fatani) 5-0 B: Burhan Budong (NS) bt Nik Adli Nik Abullah (G Fatani) 4-1 C: Mohd Emy Fazli (G Fatani) bt Shahrifullah Ibrahim (Perak) 3-2 D: Ahmad Shahril (Pahang) bt Mohd Shahibullah (Sarawak) 5-0 E: Syed Tahir Hussin (Pahang) bt Razman Sharif (Selangor) 3-2 F: Nordin Atan (Johor) bt Alwi Jidin (Kelantan) 3-2 G: Azhar Ahmad (Lincah Malaysia) bt Azman Mat Zain (KL) 5-0 H: Mohd Azrin Malek (Pahang) bt Abdullah Amir Rahman (Labuan) 5-0 I: Ahmad Faisal Omar (Malacca) bt Ahmad Tarmizi (Sarawak) 5-0 J: Mohd Arif Khamis (Malacca) bt Mohd Johari Jusoh (Johor) 5-0 Women Class A: Jurida Hussein (G Fatani) bt Rina Juliana Adnan (Lincah Malaysia) 4-1 B: Rina Jordana Adnan (Lincah Malaysia) bt Norazilah Mohd Abidin (G Fatani) 5-0 C: Norniza Abu Bakar (G Fatani) bt Zamzuraini Ahmad Zamran (Perak) 5-0 D: Siti Sukmah Buang (Malacca) bt Noridawati Hamid (Sarawak) 5-0 E: Sarah Ishak (Perak) bt Bibi Aishah (Malacca) 4-1 F: Azlinda Ahmad (Lincah Malaysia) bt Azlinda Abd Aziz (Pahang) 5-0 Team: Lincah Malaysia bt Kedah 3-1.

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Controversy mars national meet

SILAT Lincah emerged overall champions in the National Silat Championships which was marred by controversy over allegations of biased judging and the near-resignation of National Silat Association (Pesaka) secretary Megat Zulkarnain Omar Din at the KLBA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

It was, however, an exciting championships in which 35-year-old Sea Games gold medallist Ahmad Faisal Omar retained his Class I crown for the 11th year running.

At the end of the individual events, Silat Lincah Association, Gayung Fatani and Pahang were tied for the title but Silat Lincah beat Kedah 3-1 in the final to bag the overall title.

A commotion broke out in the arena yesterday involving the Silat Lincah team who staged a walkout following a disagreement and accusations of biasness.

The problem started on Tuesday when Silat Lincah's Sea Games gold medallist Ismail Darus lost to Gayung Fatani's Nik Adli Abdullah. Silat Lincah protested that the judging was biased as a member of the Gayung Fatani team was among the panel of judges.

The problem carried on to yesterday morning leading Megat to announce his intention to step down from his Pesaka post but in the end, decided against it.

Megat, after consulting Pesaka president Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, decided to hold on to his post, stating preparations for the Asia Pacific Championships and the World Championships as his priorities.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi was on hand to give away the prizes yesterday.

Results: Silat Seni - Finals: Men (singles): 1 Mohd Hanif Ahmad (Pahang) 200, 2 Khairul Ariffin Zaidi (Sarawak) 199, 3 Abd Majid Mohd Yusof (Johor) 194.

Women (duet): 1 Noor Syahidda Wati Abdullah Sani-Shalina Abdul Ghafar (Lincah Malaysia) 214, 2 Farizah Hanum Rashid-Nazatul Shima Abu Bakar (Johor) 208, 3 Maszura Mohd Yaacob-Norniza Abu Bakar (Gayuh Fatani Malaysia) 199.

Silat Olahraga - Finals - Men Class A: Abang Erdie Fauzerul Abg Fauzan (Sar) bt Mohd Fazli Razali (G Fatani) 5-0; Class B: Borhan Budong (NS) bt Nik Adli Abdullah (G Fatani) 4-1; Class C: Mohd Emy Fazli (G Fatani) bt Shahirifullah (Pk) 3-2; Class D: Ahmad Shahril Zailudin (Pah) bt Mohd Shahibullah Ambi (Sar) 5-0; Class E: Syed Tahir Syed Hussin (Pah) bt Ramdzan Sharif (Sel) 3-2; Class F: Nordin Atan (Joh) bt Alwi Jidin (Kel) 3-2; Class G: Azhar Ahmad (Lincah) bt Azman Mat Zain (KL) 5-0; Class H: Mohd Azrin Malek (Pah) bt Abdullah Amir Abd Rahman (Lab) 5-0; Class I: Ahmad Faisal Omar (Mel) bt Ahmad Tarmizi (Sar) 5-0.

Women Class A: Juridah Hussin (G Fatani) bt Rina Juliana Adnan (Lincah) 4-1; Class B: Rina Jordana Adnan (Lincah) bt Norazilah Mohd Azidin (Gayung M'sia) 5-0; Class C: Noraniza Abu Bakar (G Fatani) bt Zamzuraini Ahmad Zamran (Pk) 5-0; Class D: Siti Sukmah Buang (Mal) bt Nor idawati Hamdi (Sar) 5-0; Class E: Sarah Ishak (Pk) bt Bibi Aishah Golbal Shah (Mal) 4-1; Class F: Azlinda Ahmad (Lincah) bt Azlina Aziz (Pah) 5-0.

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31 July 2002

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (Bernama) -- Melaka's Mohammad Arif Khamis maintained his fine run when he defeated Johor's Johari Jusuh in the men's Class J final of the national silat championship at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium today.

Arif, 27, won by points 5-0. In the semifinals yesterday, Arif stunned 2000 world champion Zakri Ibrahim.

Arif said he had moved from Class I to J because it was his dream to beat veteran exponent Zakri.

He said his four-month training stint at the Military Police Training Centre at the Genting Klang Camp was the key to his success.

"I have achieved my initial aim (defeating Zakri) and the next target is to seize the world title from Zakri at the world championship," he said.

The world silat championship will be held in December in Penang.

World champion Azlinda Aziz retained her women's Class F title when she defeated Pahang's Azlina Aziz 5-0.

Five new champions were crowned out of the 16 finals contested today.

In women's Class C, Fatani Silat Gayung Association exponent Noraniza Abu Bakar beat Zamzuraini Ahmad Zamran of Perak 5-0, in Class D Melaka's Siti Sukmah Buang beat Sarawak's Nor Idawati Hamdi 5-0 and in Class E Sarah Ishak of Perak beat Bibi Aishah Golbal Shah of Melaka 4-1.

In men's Class C, Fatani Silat Gayung Association's Mohammad Emy Fazli edged Perak's Shahirifullah 3-2, and in Class E Syed Tahir Syed Hussin of Pahang beat Ramdzan Sharif of Selangor 3-2.

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30 July 2002

Hanif's golden moment

IT was a golden debut for Pahang's Mohd Hanif Ahmad when the 19-year-old collected the first gold medal of the 12th National Silat Championships. The Jerantut-born exponent, who took up the sport four years, impressed the judges with his slick moves to score 199 points to earn first place in the silat seni men's singles category. Hanif, who only entered the tournament as a warm-up to the Sukma, could not believe it when he was announced the winner by a mere point over Sarawak's Khairul Ariffin Zaidi.

Johor's Abd Majid Mohd Yusoh was third with 194 points. Hanif's win, also guaranteed him a slot in the national team to the inaugural Asia Pacific Championships in Singapore next month. "This is the first time I am competing in the national championships and never in my wildest dreams did I expect to win," said the full-time silat trainee. The National Silat Association (Pesaka) announced yesterday that all the winners in the Championships will automatically get a berth in the team to Singapore. Meanwhile, in the women's silat seni duet, SEA Games champions Noor Syahidda Wati Abdullah Sani-Shalina Abdul Ghafar retained the title they have won since 1998. The duo, representing Lincah Malaysia scored 214 points while Johor's Farizah Hanum Rashid-Nazatul Shima Abu Bakar were six points behind. Maszura Mohd Yaacob-Norniza Abu Bakar of Gayuh Fatani Malaysia took the bronze.

RESULTS Silat Seni Finals Men (singles): 1.

Mohd Hanif Ahmad (Pahang) 200, 2.

Khairul Ariffin Zaidi (Sarawak) 199, 3.

Abd Majid Mohd Yusof (Johor) 194. Women (duet): 1.

Noor Syahidda Wati Abdullah Sani-Shalina Abdul Ghafar (Lincah Malaysia) 214, 2.

Farizah Hanum Rashid-Nazatul Shima Abu Bakar (Johor) 208, 3.

Maszura Mohd Yaacob-Norniza Abu Bakar (Gayuh Fatani Malaysia) 199.

Silat Olahraga Quarterfinals Men Class A: Mohd Fairunizam Ridwan bt Norazmi Naim 5-0; Erdee Faizul bt Mohd Tajudin Musa 5-0; Mohd Fazli bt Mohd Amin Abd Manap 5-0; Nafarudin Che Nan bt Ahmad Zuhaidi Abd Aziz 5-0. B: Ismail Darus bt Mohd Arisam Ramlee 5-0; Nik Adli Nik Abdullah bt Mohd Affndi Mansor 5-0; Borhan Budong bt Lum Yu Foo @ Albert 5-0; Nasaruddin Razali bt Azruknizam Kasim 5-0. C: Mohd Emy Fazly Azis bt Roslan Abd Khayum 5-0; Mohd Faizul Ibrahim bt Mohd Abdul Raheem 5-0; Shahirifullah Ibrahim bt Mohd Khairuddin 5-0; Jefri Ahmad bt Mohd Kausar Arshad 3-2. D: Shahidan Nayan bt Nok Aziz Marhussin 5-0; Mohd Shahibullah Ambi 5-0; Ah,ad Shahrul Zailudin bt Mohd Noorhakim 5-0; Nor Hasmizam bt Ilham Yunus 5-0. E: Mohd Hasdi Said bt Mohd Rizal Aris 3-2; Syed Tahir Hussin bt Hairul Azhar Zaini 3-2; Nik Man Nik Daud bt Mohd Amin Saadun 4-1; Ramdzan Sharif bt Mohd Nor Ramli 5-0. F: Adnan Mat Akit bt Mohd Rizal Zakaria 4-1; Nordin Atan bt Mohd Shahfitri 5-0; Mohd Faizal Rahman bt Alwi Jidi (DQ); Fadli Mansor bt Rifa'ah Ridzuwanul Hakim 5-0; G: Samsudin Ismail bt Mohamed Swandy 5-0; Azman Zain bt Mohd Faizal Haron 4-1; Ayob Abdul Zilah bt Shahril Ahmad Ad Mutalib 4-1; Azhar Ahmad bt Nasir Sanusi (tko). H: Abdullah Amir bt Zainol Abas Mohd Salleh 4-1; Mohd Azrin Malek bt Mohd Norfazli Osman 4-1; Khairol Rasid Wahab bt Baharuddin Mohd Zain 3-2; Mohd Nizam Dollah bt Azman Yusof 5-0. I: Ahmad Faisal Omar bt Rohaiza Isa 5-0; Azuan Abu Bakar bt Mohd Saifulrizan Abd Razak 3-2; Razlan Razak bt Iqfanrizal Nasir 5-0; Ahmad Tarmizi Ahmad bt Adwin Hafizan Adi Wijaya 5-0. J: Mohd Johari Jusoh bt Hasraie Sahid 5-0; Zakri Ibrahim bt Mohd Suratman 5-0; Mohd Arif Khamis bt Awg Safrudin 4-1; Mohd Husaini Deraman bt Abu Hassab Andak 5-0. Women Class A: Rina Juliana Adnan bt Safrina Latif 5-0; Jurida Hussein bt Nahzatul Shima Abu Bakar (tko); Nor Shaniza Aziza bt Nurlizawati Saidi 5- 0; Norliana Kamal Bahari bt Yusna Yusof 5-0. B: Rina Jordana Adnan bt Hasnida Hamid Kamil 5-0; Saedah Said bt Azila Mat Salasa 4-1; Nur Azila Moh Azidin bt Zarah Ariffin 4-1. C: Norniza Abu Bakar bt Rashidah Salim 4-1; Siti Rozainah Hamdi bt Yusdeelah Jusoh 5-0; Zamzuraini Ahmad Zamran bt Sharina Abd Fatah 5-0; Noredayu Mohd Noor b Nor Syzila Abd Rasif 4-1. D: Sazalina Abdullah bt Umi Suhada Abd Razak 5-0; Siti Sukman Buang bt Nazriyah Kamaruddin 5-0; Noridwati Hamdi bt Norazlina Idris (tko); Nor Suhada Harun bt Nor Azlina Abu Bakar 5-0.

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29 July 2002

Easy start for SEA Games champs

THERE were no surprises on the opening day of the 12 National Silat Championships at the KLBA Stadium yesterday. After more than 120 bouts, the national trainees had an easy time with all the gold medallists from last year's SEA Games impressing the most with easy 5-0 victories over their respective opponents.

Ismail Darus, who overcame world champion Abd Karim Al Djufrie in the SEA Games A division 10 months ago, did not have many problems against Singapore's Moh Sadhli Karim in the first round. Mohd Azrin Abd Malek, the two-time category I SEA Games champions who also had to defeat a world champion in Nyoman Yamadhi Putra at the SEA Games, brushed aside Riza Laizi Azali while veteran Ahmad Faizal Omar, who recieved a walkover in the SEA Games final, defeated Abdul Yazid in the J category.

Despite the predictable results, National Silat Association (Pesaka) secretary Megat Zulkarnain said: "The most important aspect of the competition is to see over 200 participants. "This is indeed a good sign for the future as well as our aspirations to become the overall silat champions in the next SEA Games."

For the record, Indonesia finished with nine gold medals and Vietnam six. Singapore with one gold was the only other country to win a title at the last Games. Today, meanwhile, will see the first gold medals awarded with the start of the silat seni competition.

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22 July 2002

Wanted: Polite, clean and efficient Malaysians

IPOH, Sun. - A new breed of Malaysians who are "polite, clean and efficient" is wanted, and the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry is taking the lead in its creation.

It is preparing a memorandum for the Cabinet on this matter, under its Mesra Malaysia campaign.

The memorandum will have input from several Ministries, including Housing and Local Government, Education, National Unity and Social Development, the Immigration Department, police and other related agencies.

Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said it was a national effort to improve public service and make Malaysians more civic conscious.

"As I have said many times before, the quality of tourism services in Malaysia must be above par to promote the country as a world-class tourist destination.

"The standard of service is a worry to the Government," he said after opening the Pertubuhan Seni Silat Gayong Warisan Serantau Malaysia awards ceremony today.

The New Sunday Times, on July 7, had highlighted the deplorable condition of public toilets. The Special Reports team had found many filthy public toilets with no running water, soap and tissue rolls.

Abdul Kadir said the Mesra Malaysia campaign was a long-term programme which needed everyone's participation to make it a success.

On efforts to attract tourists from the Middle East, India, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he said the promotional programmes had been effective.

Between March and last month, tourist arrivals had exceeded one million monthly, mostly from the Middle East and China. This was still 10 per cent lower than the arrivals for the first four months of last year.

Abdul Kadir also said silat would be included in the tourism calendar of events next year to promote it as a Malaysian cultural activity and to encourage participation from non-Malays. It was also aimed at promoting racial integration.

He said silat activities could prevent youth from going astray by giving them something challenging and worthwhile to do.

He said silat had lost its appeal among the young because associations had stopped promoting it.

"In the past, silat had been very popular in villages and among the young. Today, it has not been highlighted and youths are not interested.

"Efforts must be made to re-introduce silat and this time encourage participation from all levels of society."

Abdul Kadir said he would meet Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein soon to jointly organise silat programmes, and to include it as an international sports activity.

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21 July 2002

Silat may be made a tourism product, says Kadir

IPOH, July 21 (Bernama) -- The Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry will cooperate with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to revive the silat, the Malay art of self-defence, in every village to promote it as a tourism product.

Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said the move was necessary as it appeared that silat was on the verge of extinction whilst it is a Malay heritage which must be nurtured and preserved.

He said silat was a recreational and healthy activity which could be used to mould a Malaysian race through the participation of the Chinese and Indians just like the Malays learnt taekwondo or silambam, the Indian martial arts.

"Silat, besides serving as a tourists lure, it can also help youths to distance themselves from social ills like loafing and drug addiction," he told reporters after receiving the "Sandang Kebesaran Pertubuhan Seni Silat Gayong Warisan Serantau Malaysia Negeri Perak Award" here today.

The award was conferred by Perak Customs Board Iman Khalifah Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Shaari.

Kadir also said his ministry was preparing a Cabinet paper on the "Friendly Malaysia" integrated campaign to improve tourism facilities and services in the country.

He said a study on the campaign is expected to be completed at the latest by October after taking into account the views of various quarters, including government departments and agencies.

Among the participating ministries are Youth and Sports, Housing and Local Government and Education as well as the Tourist Police, Immigration Department and Royal Customs Department, he said.

Kadir said the national-level campaign aimed at creating a courteous, clean and efficient society was initiated after the government was concerned over the quality of tourism products in the country.

"To start with, I'll meet the chief executives of hotel managements from throughout the country at the end of this month to convey the message on the need to improve service quality," he said.

Kadir also said Malaysia was enjoying a surge in tourist arrivals despite a decline in the first six months as compared to the same period last year.

Between March and last month, more than a million tourists came to the country every month, he said.

"This is an encouraging development although Malaysia has still not fully recovered from the aftermath of last year's Sept 11 attacks on New York and Washington," he added.

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08 May 2002

IPSI boss Eddie admits frustration and relief

Eddie Nalapraya, the long standing chairman of the Indonesian Pencak Silat Federation (IPSI), -- a type of martial art -- looks to be engulfed with a mixed frame of mind ahead of his plan to relinquish his federation post next year.

He conceded being "frustrated" at the government's absence of support in the campaign to push pencak silat, a traditional martial art originating from Indonesia, to the rest of the world.

On the other hand, he said he was relieved that pencak silat had finally been endorsed for an exhibition at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, (the city formerly known as Pusan) South Korea, in October.

"I'm frustrated at the way the government has looked on pencak silat so far. I'm tired and desperate," said the 71-year old Eddie.

"That's why I'm going to give way for young guys to take over in 2003," he said.

He claimed that even moral support was severely lacking from the government, not to mention financial backing.

He related an occasion where he led a pair of his athletes to the 2000 Belgian Open, and found that none of the Embassy officials cared enough to come to the matches.

"Singapore arrived with 15 athletes because their sports ministry had given its full financial support. Here, we have to beg around," he said, while extending his hand as a beggar might.

Known also as one of the distinguished figures among the Betawi, the indigenous people of Jakarta, Eddie has been the central personality in the national pencak silat community, having been in the reins at IPSI since 1981.

He is also the incumbent president of the World Pencak Silat Federation.

Now that he is going to end his term, Eddie said that he was delighted that pencak silat would be included as a demonstration sport at the 2002 Asian Games, before a probable official inclusion of it in Qatar, the site of the 2006 Asian Games.

"Although pencak silat has been part of an international event, it is not a formal tournament. I have wanted it to be part of a formal event and that will come to pass in the Asian Games," the retired two-star Army general said.

The Busan Asian Games Organizing Committee has allowed pencak silat athletes to participate but will treat them differently from the official contingents, in that the pencak silat contingent will have to arrange its contest on its own cost during the competition.

The Busan games will run from Sept. 29 to Oct. 14 and pencak silat will take place for two days on Oct. 5 and 6. Athletes from 15 countries, including South Korea, are expected to compete in the exhibition.

Puji Handoko, one of the national coaches, disclosed that eight male and two female athletes from Korea are currently training at the Taman Mini Pencak Silat Training ground in East Jakarta.

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23 March 2002

Only as demonstration

THE National Silat Association (Pesaka) have won their fight to get the sport included into this year's Asian Games albeit only as a demonstration event. This, however, is a step in the right direction and Pesaka are confident that silat will become a medal sport in time for the 2006 Asiad. Pesaka secretary Megat Zulkarnain said the association are delighted the sport has been recognised. "The matter was brought up at the International Silat Association (Persilat) last week," said Megat, who was in Jakarta for the meeting. "More than 20 countries supported the decision to get the sport into the Asian Games but we have yet to work out the mechanics. "It has long been Malaysia's goal to get the sport into the Asian Games and are next target will be to eventually get it into the Olympics." Megat said that the national association have yet to select any exponent for the tournament. He explained that the exponents are currently in training for a tournament in Europe next month and that Pesaka will sit down and discuss with the national coaches, who should go to Busan for the Asian Games. "Let us concentrate on the tournament in Belgium first.

We will only name the squad to Belgium next week," said Megat. "The Asian Games is about six months away.

There is still plenty of time to pick the exponents."

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15 March 2002


KEPALA BATAS, March 15 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today asked cultural bodies and silat associations to step up their programmes and activities to attract more youths to join.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the government supported their initiatives to increase their activities in efforts to overcome social ills among youths.

They should intensify their programmes and activities as the ones organised by the government were inadequate, he said when opening a silat arena of the Silat Gayung Fatani Association at Kampung Pokok Jeneris here.

Abdullah said cultural bodies and silat associations should organise healthy activities that could mould good personality, instil a sense of love for the country and to keep the minds active, especially among students.

"When youths get involved in such activities, they will not be easily hooked to drug addiction and can distance themselves from improper behaviours," he said.

Abdullah also urged parents to change their attitude to achieve progress for themselves and that of their families.

He said they should also cultivate self-discipline in their daily work.

Parents should spare time to check on their childrens' education, provide them with religious education and not waste precious time by indulging in non-beneficial activities, he said.

Abdullah said a change in attitude for self-advancement was in line with Hijrah concept exhorted by Islam.

"We must change our attitude to progress and parents should not be shy to learn new things in life," he added.

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23 February 2002

Brunei: Silat for students

A Brunei school, in the lookout for an extra-curricular activity for its students, stumbled on the idea of starting a silat club as it was this traditional Malay martial art that put the Sultanate on the global map when the country won gold medals in the 1999 Southeast Asian Games in Brunei.

The Kampong Masin Primary School yesterday kicked off the Silat Club with a strong support of more than 50 students.

Adi Hj Kahar, the head observer of the Silat club and also one of the teachers in the school, said the plan to establish a Silat Club was mooted last year.

With the help of the Persekutuan Silat Kebangsaan Brunei (PERSIB) that has provided the club with two instructors, the first day lessons began in right earnest yesterday.

The two instructors, Awg Timbang Ahmad and Noriemie Erna Mohd Danan, would teach the students the basic skills of martial art.

Every Friday and Sunday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm the students would gather at the school and begin their lessons in silat.

Students from Primary Three up to Primary Six are encouraged to join the club.

Pg. Hj Jaluddin Pg. Salleh, the Secretary of PERSIB, was also present yesterday to provide some encouragement to the students.

He said, "Silat is a good discipline to learn in spare time instead of loafing around aimlessly. It provides one with the knowledge of self-defence."

The Silat Club has utilised the empty garden slot in the school compound providing a perfect ambiance to it.

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