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Silat is essential for the continued spread of Malay culture.

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Datuk Seri ismail Sabri Yaakob said silat has also proven to be an effective bridge between Malay culture and the outside world. — Photo by Bernama

Sunday, July 31, 2022 23:22 MYT

Malacca, July 31 — Silat martial arts play an important role in keeping Malay culture well known and spreading globally, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yacoub said.

Silat has also proven to be an effective bridge between Malay culture and the outside world, as evidenced by hundreds of thousands of silat figures from Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and Africa.

As such, he said the long-standing tradition of silat should be maintained so that the value of silat can continue to permeate society.

“The world of Malay Silat has achieved mixed results and successes and should be proud to be recognized as the official national martial art.

“Recently, Pesaka (Malaysia’s National Silat Federation) and the National Heritage Department successfully listed silat on the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It’s one big achievement,” he said in his speech at the closing ceremony of the 2022 World Silat Puncak Championships here tonight at the Melaka International Trade Centre.

He also thanked the Silat Index for its contribution and announced an allocation of RM1 million to Pesaka to help boost silat at the international level.

“Silat is now expanding widely not only in this region but also in other countries around the world.

“I hope that silat will continue to be practiced by current and future generations so that it continues to be preserved and remains relevant,” he said.

He said the organization of the Silat Championships in Malacca recalled the Sultan of Malacca and its many important events, especially during its golden age, associated with famous Malay warriors who fought to defend their religion and their homeland. He said that it is very meaningful because it can be used.

“This organization is a great honor for the nation as it hosts over 40 nations participating in this competition.

“Malaysia is proud and honored to host this world-class sporting event and hopes to host more such prestigious sporting events in the future.

Ismail Sabri also praised the influence of the local film Mat Kilau, which is currently showing in cinemas across the country, to boost membership in the Silat Association. “I believe that many who saw this film were inspired by the struggle and courage of the Malay warriors and Matt Kilaw against the occupation. As well as attracting , the Silat Association has gained many new members who have expressed an interest in learning this form of martial arts.

“This clearly shows the influence of silat, which shows high fighting spirit, and the way silat is portrayed, along with Malay culture, has influenced Malaysians to learn more about it,” he added. — Bernama