26 March 2005

Najib: Silat exponents are second line of defence

PEKAN, March 26 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak described members of silat organisations as the country's asset which formed the second line of defence.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the discipline, courage, loyalty and spirit they acquired would be a strength in facing any outside threat.

"In the efforts to develop the strength of the people and the nation, we certainly need individuals who always have the sense of loyalty as found among members of the silat organisations," said Najib, who is also the Defence Minister.

"If all the more than 800,000 silat lincah exponents in this country possess such qualities, I am convinced no outside parties will ever dare to trigger chaos in our country," he said at a gathering of 500 members of the Pertubuhan Seni Silat Lincah Malaysia here today.

Najib said the government always supported the activities and efforts to expand silat organisations in view of their positive contributions to the people and the country.

He advised the members to also expand the scope of their knowledge to cover other fields, including science and technology, because this would give them extra strength.

Najib was presented with a sash and attire as the Ulul Amri (leader) III of the association by its Chairman Datuk Omardin Mauju.

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