20 May 2008

Assemblyman: Publish books on Silat

Silat experts have been urged to help “immortalise” the martial art steps and techniques in books.

Telok Bahang assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said it was high time the traditional Melayu martial art was documented for reference.

“There is now no booklet or documentation that shows the silat movements in graphics.

“We need proper documents to disseminate knowledge and instil interest in this traditional martial art,” he said after opening the 5th Tak Melayu Hilang Di Dunia programme at Kampung Terang in Balik Pulau, Penang, recently.

He said masters in the arena should take the initiative to publish such books.

Dr Hilmi also urged the Malays in the villages to strive towards excellence.

“We must excel in whatever we do. But we should not be extreme,” he said, adding that Melayu unity was important to maintain stability.

Sourced from http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2008/5/20/north/21294999&sec=north

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