SULTAN Ahmad Shah of Pahang placing the Selempang Guru-Guru Tua on Ismail Mat Ali, 79, at the 2003 Royal Pahang Self-Defence Festival yesterday.
The selempang (sash) was awarded to Ismail as a recognition of his contributions to silat.
Twelve teams, including those from Singapore and Thailand, took part in the four-day festival organised by the State Government, National Silat Association and its Pahang chapter.
The event was held in conjunction with the Sultan's 73rd birthday. Pahang emerged champion in the competition.
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