For Malaysians who have been following the grapevine, will know of an internal leadership crisis that has befallen the Silat Cekak Hanafi brand over the last couple of years. I have refrained from commenting on it, even of making a public stand, for one simple reason: it's too close to my heart.
However, I have been following some rumours that indicated a new organisation would be formed by ousted guru Md. Radzi Haji Hanafi, son of Ustaz Hanafi Haji Ahmad, founder of Silat Cekak.
The current organisation, Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Ustaz Hanafi Malaysia formally terminated guru Md Radzi as President and Principal of the association on 17th September 2006. Since then, both have parted ways effectively splitting the group in unequal proportions.
Today, however, I read here that Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Pusaka Hanafi Kedah has been formally established and have already conducted their first Annual General Meeting. The next expected step is to establish similar chapters in every state in the country, eventually leading to a national-level organisation. With that announcement, I hope to see an end to the conflict. I can hope, can't I?
This currently brings the number of organisations promoting the Silat Cekak style to 3: Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia, Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Ustaz Hanafi Malaysia and now Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Pusaka Hanafi (Malaysia).
May Allah bless them all in their efforts.