On the 10th of May 2008, the Sembah Diraja: Adat, Adab & Istiadat Melayu seminar was held at Cherating Bay Resort and was honoured by the presence of Dato' Sri Wan Hj. Abdul Wahid Wan Hj. Hassan, the Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan and Vice President of the Pahang Islamic and Melayu Customs Council who is also a Silat Melayu Keris Lok Sembilan advisor. His presence proved that the relationship between palace and silat remain strong in modern times.
In the seminar, he explained the customs, ceremonies and protocols in audience with a sultan, dress codes, the history of the sultanate beginning from the Ummayad Caliphate, the Abbasid Caliphate all the way down to the geneaology of the present Sultan of Pahang.
He extrapolated on the topic "Why the Melayu cannot rebel against the Sultan". The event closed with a Keris Seminar by guru Azlan Ghanie followed by a poolside silat performance.
The event was further honoured by the presence of the Pencak Silat Sangkar Rewana gendang Pahang group. The performance was initiated by cikgu Mazlan Haji Hashim followed by the performance of Selangkah Guru by Silat Melayu Keris Lok Sembilan representatives. The performance was wrapped up by Cikgu Zul Mat Lela from Pencak Silat Sangkar Rewana.
Dato' Seri Wan Hj. Abdul Wahid was impressed by the performance, and couldn't resist playing together with the music group. According to Cikgu Mazlan, he is also very well informed in Silat Melayu. There are no limits to his appreciation of silat.
According to guru Azlan Ghanie, Dato' Sri Wan plans to gather 200 individuals from several silat schools to request and audience with the Sultan of Pahang. May the relationship between the palace and silat continue and prove the relevance of silat in the eyes of the Sultan.
Translated from http://universitisilat.blogspot.com