KUALA LUMPUR: The Pertubuhan Silat Seni Gayong Malaysia (PSSGM) has called on silat exponents outside its group to stop using the organisation’s logo for political purposes.
Worried that there might be a repeat of the incident during the Permatang Pauh by-election when a photographer was beaten up during a ceramah, PSSGM’s acting president Adiwijaya Abdullah said the reputation of the organisation was at stake.
Adiwijaya said they were blamed for that incident because those who hit the photographer were wearing the PSSGM’s logo.
“Our organisation does not teach people to be samseng or hitmen. We urge silat exponents and our members to not get involved in anything like this in the coming Kuala Terengganu by-election,” Adiwijaya said at a press conference here yesterday.
He added that what silat exponents outside the PSSGM were doing was only confusing the public, bringing a bad name to the organisation.
Adiwijaya said the organisation was registered in 1963 with the Registrar of Societies and had some 500,000 members around the country.
“Our organisation teaches exponents to be loyal, respect leaders and love the Malay culture. Anything we do is to uphold these beliefs,” he said.
Sourced from The Star (Nation) Sunday, January 4, 2008
With thanks to Pok Nik