Abang Johari vows support for silat practitioners in the state

Posted on : 14 Mar 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (centre) greets silat practitioners at the gathering on Friday night. Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Silat is a traditional martial art that cultivates the right attitude in nurturing a country’s leader, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“Silat imparts many favourable virtues to its practitioners and becoming discipline leaders when they administer a country,” said Abang Johari when officiating the ‘Rumpun Silat’ trainers state-level assembly at Penview Convention Centre here on Friday night.

He pointed out that his administration has always been very supportive in promoting and preserving the silat heritage, as it represents the identity of the Malay community in the state.

“In view of the needs and demands of silat practitioners in the state, my government will assess and look into them seriously, to be able to play a part in promoting the traditional culture,” he said.

Abang Johari also acknowledged that the traditional martial art has become well-known in the region and is listed as a competing sport in the Southeast Asia Games.

Despite confirmed coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the state, the chief minister said he made the decision to attend the assembly because he was aware that silat practitioners throughout the state had come together to celebrate the cultural heritage.

He also reminded the silat practising community to remain united and contribute to the long-term stability of the state, paying a way for development projects to take place.

Among those present at the event were Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.