CM to silat folk: Rally behind me in defending Sarawak’s rights

Posted on : 06 Jan 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari raises the ‘keris’ (traditional Malay dagger with wavy blade) to mark the commencement of the event. With him on stage, from left, are Abdul Karim, Haneef, Fazzrudin and Sharifah Hasidah. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The silat community in Sarawak have their own roles to play when it comes to defending Sarawak’s rights.

In this sense, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg calls upon all practitioners of this traditional Malay martial art to rally behind him in defending these rights.

According to him, providing solid moral support is one of the ways that they can do as far as the Sarawak government’s pursuit towards restoring the state’s rights is concerned.

“As ‘pesilat’ (silat exponents), we will defend the rights of Sarawak. ‘Tok Nan’ (former chief minister, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) started the championing of the rights of Sarawak and Abg Jo will carry on the effort.

“If all the ‘pesilat’ are all behind me in fighting for the rights of Sarawak, I will keep my fighting spirit up,” said Abang Johari in launching the ‘Warisan Pendekar Rumpun Silat Sarawak’ at Stadium Perpaduan in Petra Jaya here Friday night.

In relation to this, the chief minister reiterated Sarawak’s new means of securing revenue – the imposition of the five-per cent sales tax on petroleum products.

“These are our rights and we defend such rights,” he said, pledging to all those presents that under his leadership, the Sarawak government would continue to elevate the standard of sports in the state.

He was also pleased to note that Sarawak’s silat squad would aim to bag four more medals in the next Malaysia Games (Sukma) to be hosted by Johor next year.

In last year’s Sukma in Perak, the team brought home four gold medals, four silver and four bronze.

Additionally, Abang Johari also reminded all silat practitioners the importance of knowledge and the latest technology.

He said they must keep abreast of what is happening around the world and at the same time, keep up with the latest technology and also embrace changes.

“We must have sufficient knowledge in order to help advance the state’s economy so as to face various challenges in life.”

He also stressed that a silat player must uphold high ethics through pure intention, which he termed as ‘a key pillar of silat’.

“We must have pure intention whenever we defend ourselves, our parents and our ‘guru’ (teachers).

“You must be loyal to your ‘guru’ as they are the ones imparting the knowledge to you. We must be loyal to our parents and also the ‘guru’ because without such loyalty, we won’t have pure intention,” said Abang Johari.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Tupong assemblyman and event organising chairman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahmana and Rumpun Silat Sarawak president Muhd Haneef Ali were among those witnessing the ceremony.