07 July 2011

PM wants silat to be part of country’s transformation

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants silat (malay martial arts) exponents to participate in the country’s transformation prog­ramme.

The Prime Minister, who regarded the group as the country’s third line of defence after the armed forces and the police, said he wanted silat members to help transform the country.

“We want knowledge, technology and the economic strength, but we must never leave behind our heritage.

“I believe that if our country is attacked, out silat exponents will rise and defend it,” the Prime Minister said in his speech during the 50th anniversary celebration of Pertubuhan Seni Silat Lincah Malaysia at PWTC last night.

Najib said he believed Malay­sians of all races would team up to fight against the country’s enemies.

“We are not here to wage a war, but to show unity and love for one another,” he added.

Najib added that the Government did not teach young silat members to be disloyal to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Government or the country.

“We should teach noble values and nurture these members to have inner strength and be­­- come warriors who can bring the country to the next level,” Najib added.

Sourced from http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/7/7/nation/9049607&sec=nation

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