KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has praised Pertubuhan Seni Silat Lincah Malaysia (PSSLM) for opening its membership to all races.
"This is truly 1Malaysia where unity is based on vital values of various races in the country," he said when opening the PSSLM convocation here Saturday.
He said the willingness of the non-Melayu in learning the Melayu martial art proved that the people could live and respect one another.
"Silat can also create loyal Malaysians, an important element in achieving Vision 2020.
"I am confident that our young silat exponents can go far in realising the government aspiration."
Muhyiddin said silat was already on par with taekwondo, karate and other martial arts as it had achieved global recognition.
This was proven when founder Datuk Omar Din was accorded the Living Legend of Martial Arts from International Association of Educators World Peace in 2008.
"The award helped to spread and upgrade the status of Malay culture all over the world," he added.
Muhyiddin was later accorded the Ulul Amri Ke-4 award, the silat body's highest award.
Others honoured were Senator Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin, Datuk Sarimah Ahmad, Members of Parliament Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique and Datuk Mohamad Aziz.