22 January 2006

Study why silat is losing appeal

22 Jan 2006, MALAYSIA, Pulau Pinang - Silat is losing its glamour among the Melayu and a study needs to be carried out to find out the reasons.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) Prof Datuk Dr Muhammad Idiris Saleh said the martial art was fast losing its appeal and only three silat conventions were held since 1973.

“We need to study why many Melayu youths are no longer interested in silat and why such conventions are rarely held,” he said after opening the third convention in USM yesterday.

Prof Muhammad noted that other martial arts such as taekwondo and judo had gained international following.

“There must be something extra in the other martial arts that have gained the attention of the international community. We must look into all aspects to make sure silat gains popularity,” he added.

Sourced from http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/1/22/nation/13184017&sec=nation

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