KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Youth and Sports has allocated RM1.19 million to revive and expand martial arts, including silat and taekwondo.
Its deputy minister, Datuk Razali Ibrahim said each parliamentary constituency would be allocated RM10,000 for self-defence instructors' allowances.
"The allocation could help popularise martial arts and increase the number of athletes taking up self-defence as sports," he said when met here Monday.
He was commenting on Member of Parliament for Bayan Baru Zahrain Mohamed Hashim's question on measures taken by the government to develop and promote silat at the Dewan Rakyat here today.
Razali said silat was recognised by the government as the official martial arts under the National Heritage Act 2005, made a compulsory event in the Malaysian Games since 1998 and accorded as one the 19 core sports approved for development by a Cabinet committee.
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