SHAH ALAM, Sun. - The move by the Silat Lincah Malaysia organisation to train non-Malays in the martial art has been lauded.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said it was the first time non-Malays were allowed to learn the art in the country and it was a boost to efforts in unifying the various races here.
He said Silat Lincah only recently opened its doors to non-Malays but had already attracted about 3,000 non-Malay members.
He was speaking after opening the 26th annual general meeting of the organisation here today.
He hoped more martial arts organisations would follow suit as it would lead to greater understanding among the races.
Earlier, he said silat should also incorporate aspects of science and technology into its training, in order to compete at the same level with other forms of martial arts.
Dr Khir said other martial arts like judo and silambam were incorporating knowledge like the various pressure points in the body that affect organs such as the heart and spleen and how to use the acquired knowledge to immobilise an opponent.
He reminded the delegates that silat was no longer a war weapon as there was very little hand-to-hand combat nowadays.
"Wars are fought with satellites, planes, artillery and also in the virtual world."
He said silat was now more for instilling discipline and bravery in a person.
Dr Khir also proposed that silat be introduced in all schools in the State.
Besides silat, he said the State was also looking at introducing uniformed bodies such as the police and fire department in schools.
He said such involvement would ensure students do not succumb to social ills.
On an unrelated issue, Dr Khir, who is also the Malaysian Youth Council president, said the council had sent two men to Iraq, bringing with them US$10,000 (RM38,000) worth of medical supplies.
He said the two managed to deliver the supplies directly to hospitals in Baghdad last week.
He added that more such missions would be carried out soon and MYC was trying to raise funds for the Iraqis through its "spend a ringgit, save a child" campaign.
Written by STEVEN FRASHER
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