08 January 2006


KULIM, Jan 8 (Bernama) -- RTM will soon air a programme on silat, a popular Malay martial art, to woo the younger set to take up the art of self-defence, Information Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir said last night

He, however, said the government broadcaster had not decided whether to show the programme on TV1 or TV2

In the wake of the country facing diverse social ills, he said, silat should be encouraged among youths and the younger generation of Malaysia's plural society

"Hence, I'll try to find a suitable slot to expose the various forms of the Malay martial arts that existed in the country to be viewed by the younger generation to curb the spread of negative influences," he told reporters after officiating at "Malam Pendekar Lincah" organised by the Kedah Seni Silat Lincah Association

Kadir also said RTM did not want to be a "dumping ground" for low-quality programmes and would be more careful in selecting its programmes

"We'll reject suppliers supplying sub-standard programmes to RTM," he said

He also said RTM's viewers and listeners had increased since the recent re-branding of television channels and all 32 RTM radio stations nationwide

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