08 May 2003

Silat cekak exponents show prowess at sports fest

A woman was walking alone one quiet evening after her class when suddenly, two men on a motorcycle stopped by her and tried to rob her. They even threatened to harm her.

What would you do if you were in this situation? Twenty-three-year-old Norazrine Shamsuddin of Negri Sembilan, who once found herself in such a situation, had fought back.

Not only did she manage to save herself, she even knocked out the men - thanks to the silat cekak she once learnt.

The former Universiti Malaya student was speaking at the launch of the two-day Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia's National Sports Carnival 2003 recently at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang.

Lailati Mohd Noh of Johor, a silat cekak exponent of 13 years, said the self-defence art was most suitable for women.

The mother of two said silat cekak does not require one to have strong lower limbs.

"The moves involve mainly the palms, hands and arms. It also does not make the practitioner muscular," she added.

Nazaruddin Mohd Amin, 27, of Negri Sembilan, was attracted to the simplicity of the silat cekak moves.

The carnival was jointly organised by Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia, Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak UPM and the Youth and Sports Ministry.

It was launched by Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Also present was Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia president and chief instructor Ishak Itam.

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05 May 2003

MB lauds move to train non-Malays in silat

SHAH ALAM, Sun. - The move by the Silat Lincah Malaysia organisation to train non-Malays in the martial art has been lauded.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo said it was the first time non-Malays were allowed to learn the art in the country and it was a boost to efforts in unifying the various races here.

He said Silat Lincah only recently opened its doors to non-Malays but had already attracted about 3,000 non-Malay members.

He was speaking after opening the 26th annual general meeting of the organisation here today.

He hoped more martial arts organisations would follow suit as it would lead to greater understanding among the races.

Earlier, he said silat should also incorporate aspects of science and technology into its training, in order to compete at the same level with other forms of martial arts.

Dr Khir said other martial arts like judo and silambam were incorporating knowledge like the various pressure points in the body that affect organs such as the heart and spleen and how to use the acquired knowledge to immobilise an opponent.

He reminded the delegates that silat was no longer a war weapon as there was very little hand-to-hand combat nowadays.

"Wars are fought with satellites, planes, artillery and also in the virtual world."

He said silat was now more for instilling discipline and bravery in a person.

Dr Khir also proposed that silat be introduced in all schools in the State.

Besides silat, he said the State was also looking at introducing uniformed bodies such as the police and fire department in schools.

He said such involvement would ensure students do not succumb to social ills.

On an unrelated issue, Dr Khir, who is also the Malaysian Youth Council president, said the council had sent two men to Iraq, bringing with them US$10,000 (RM38,000) worth of medical supplies.

He said the two managed to deliver the supplies directly to hospitals in Baghdad last week.

He added that more such missions would be carried out soon and MYC was trying to raise funds for the Iraqis through its "spend a ringgit, save a child" campaign.

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04 May 2003

Silat to be introduced in Selangor schools

SHAH ALAM, May 4 (Bernama) -- The Selangor government is taking steps to introduce silat in schools to help improve discipline among students.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said a working paper on this was being drawn up and a special allocation would be given for the project.

"We are planning to set up silat arenas in schools for students to undergo training to boost their self-esteem to ward off social ills," he told reporters after opening the biennial general meeting of the Silat Lincah Association of Malaysia (PSSLM) here today.

He praised PSSLM for opening its membership to non-Malays, saying this could help to foster unity among the various races.

PSSLM had attracted 850,000 members, including 3,000 Chinese and Indians, since its inception in 1966, he said.

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