25 September 2011

Pencak Silat Orang Asli Student A Rising Star In National Silat Arena

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) -- The Deputy Prime Minister's International Pencak Silat Championship Cup which ended on Tuesday, succeeded in proving that the national squad is not barren of new talent.

National back-up squad silat exponent Zaiton A. Koang from Pekan, Pahang, is one case in point.

She might be unknown to sport fans, even the silat fraternity in the country but she has claimed a stake in Malaysian sports and has drawn the attention of the selector after being anointed Best Woman Pesilat for her agility, prowess in the ring.

Prior to that, the Orang Asli-Chinese silat athlete (father Chinese) grabbed the gold medal in the Kelas Puteri A after trouncing Atiq Isnarti Roslan of Singapore, 5-0 in the second edition of the championship which was held at the Berjaya Time Square from Sept 15 to 20.

The national back up squad exponents, most of whom were students of local higher learning institutions (IPTAs), were in a class of their own when they hauled in 12 gold, six silver and three bronze medals to wrest the overall championship from Singapore.

Singapore, the defending champion in the first edition held in Johor last year, picked up eight gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals to finish in second place.

The championships saw participation from 24 IPTAs and several Asean countries such as Indonesia and Thailand.

The 23-year-old student, when met by Bernama recently, said her interest in the combat sport surfaced when she was studying at Sultan Idris University of Education (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim, Perak several years ago.

"Initially, I only followed friends at the university to learn silat. Subsequently, I was attracted to the uniqueness and advantages of silat," said the student of Special Education who hoped to be absorbed into the national elite squad.

National chief instructor Ahmad Faizal Abu Bakar, when met, also praised her performance during the five-day competition.

Zaiton who is also the Malaysian Universities Sport Council (Masum) silat champion said she would however, leave it to her coach to decide her next move.

"Apart from demonstrating her prowess in the ring, she was also the only non-Malay silat exponent in the national team and we are very proud to have an exponent like her," said the 43-year-old coach.

The coach who had trained the national squad since the past several years, said, although there were several prominent back up silat exponents, the potential in Zaiton was truly evident.

He also did not rule out the possibility of naming Zaiton in the national elite squad if she continued to exhibit encouraging performances at international championships.

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24 September 2011

CM: The Young Should Emulate Hang Tuah

MELAKA, Sept 24 (Bernama) -- Youths should emulate the legendary Malay warrior Hang Tuah, who had a superior character and was loyal to king and country, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said.

He said that Hang Tuah was indomitable in defending the Melaka Sultanate from external attacks.

"His leadership qualities were pronounced because his knowledge covered religion and the art of silat," Mohd Ali said when opening the Hang Tuah Festival at the Malay Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum at Bandar Hilir here last night.

Also present were Information, Communications and Culture Deputy Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz and Melaka State Assembly Speaker Datuk Othman Muhamad.

Mohd Ali said Hang Tuah used his mastery of several languages to help boost relations between Melaka and other states and territories.

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Two in a row for SarawakState retain MSSM crown by capturing four golds, one silver, two bronzes

SECOND STRAIGHT WIN: Zainudin lifts the overall champions trophy as the Sarawak team celebrate their victory in the MSSM Silat Championship at the State Indoor Stadium yesterday.
KUCHING: Sarawak retained its Malaysian Schools Sports Council Silat Championship crown at the State Indoor Stadium, Petra Jaya yesterday when its exponents captured four gold, one silver and two bronze medals to finish as the overall champions.

The host team won the golds in the Seni Tari Silat (Putera Sekolah Rendah and Puteri Sekolah Rendah, Puteri Sekolah Menengah) and Seni Tempur Silat (Puteri Sekolah Menengah) for their second consecutive victory in the national inter-state schools championship.

Sarawak won its silver medal in the Seni Tempur Silat (Putera Sekolah Rendah) while the bronzes were won in the Seni Tempur Silat (Puteri Sekolah Rendah and Putera Sekolah Rendah).

Apart from that, Sarawak were also overall champions of the Girls category in the Secondary School section.

“I am very happy and proud of our achievement. To defend the crown is no easy task especially that we are up against very strong opposition from Selangor, Johor and Sabah,” said chief coach Wan Zainudin Wan Junaidi.

Sarawak were the overall champions in 2009 in Kuala Lumpur where they captured three golds, one silver and three bronzes.

The championship was supposed to be held last year but was postponed to this year and the Sarawak Education Department was entrusted to host the competition in Kuching.

Wan Zainudin, who teaches at SMK Matang Hilir, attributed the success to the good cooperation and teamwork of all parties, the coaches from Persatuan Rumpun Silat Sarawak, teacher coaches, students and their parents.

The team was managed by Patrick Philip Moss while the assistant coaches were Normazila Yazid and Adzhar Rabu.

“We would like to thank our State Education Department director Abdillah Adam for his support, encouragement and constant reminder that we must try our very best to do the state proud again,” he added.

Meanwhile, Selangor were the overall champions in the Primary Schools Boys after they won the gold in the Seni Tempur Silat and silver in the Seni Tari Silat.

They also collected the Primary Schools Girls overall champions title for winning the gold in the Seni Tempur Silat and the silver in the Seni Tari Silat.

The Boys overall champions of the Secondary Schools were Johor who won the gold in the Seni Tari Silat.

Three hundred and eight-four students from 16 teams took part in the five-day championship that commenced on Sept 19.

Abdillah, who was the organising chairman, closed the event and gave away the prizes to the winners.

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21 September 2011

Malaysia dethrone S’pore to lift DPM Cup

KUALA LUMPUR: The national back up squad dethroned Singapore in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Cup silat tournament which ended at the Berjaya Time Square here yesterday.

The squad, made up mostly of university students, won 12 gold, six silver and three bronze to lift the overall champions title.

Singapore captured eight gold, 10 silver and two bronze to take second place while Thailand finished third with one gold, four silver and four bronze.

Malaysia’s gold medals were contributed by Mohamad Ridduan Abdullah, Ahmad Zeeyadi Zahalani, Amir Ikram Rahim, Rawi Isa, Hamdan Zakaria, Zaiton A/P A Koang, Nurul Jannathul Atiqah, Siti Zubaidah Che Omar, Siti Khadijah Hassan, Hilmi Asmawi Zakaria and the trios of Mohamad Azam Mokhtar, Muhammad Farhan Ismail and Muhammad Aminuddin Elias and Syahidah Atiqah Saarin, Sharifah Norhafizah Syed Azhar and Faiznoraini Omar.

Malaysia’s chief coach Ahmad Faizal Abu Bakar said he was overjoyed that Malaysia were able to defeat Singapore to clinch the overall title.

“Our target was eight gold but we finished with 12. The exponents truly deserved this victory as they were committed and dedicated to the task,” he told Bernama.

Singapore’s coach Dzulfadly Mohd Jaffar said although they lost the title, he was still satisfied with the performance of his exponents.

He added that the team would be conducting a post-mortem and would return with “renewed determination” next year.

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19 September 2011

Non-Malays Show Off Silat Skills At Championship

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Several non- Malay participants showed off their skills in silat at the International Pencak Silat Championship for the Deputy Prime Minister's Trophy at the Berjaya Times Square, here, Monday.

The five-day championship which began on Sept 16, will end tomorrow.

One of the participants, Zaiton a/p A.Koang, of Orang Asli and Chinese descent, said she started learning the martial art form seven years ago as she was attracted to its uniqeness.

The 23-year-old undergraduate of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and who hails from Pekan, Pahang, said she was delighted to be chosen to represent the country at the championship and would try hard to win a gold medal.

Teng Sheu Cher, 22, said she was proud to be selected by Universiti Malaysia Pahang to compete in the championship.

The Klang girl said although she failed at the early stage, she had gained invaluable experience to take part in other silat competitions.

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