Samad Said’s Remark On Silat As Outdated Draws Flak

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KUALA LUMPUR – National laureate Datuk A. Samad Said’s remark on silat as impractical in this modern age is deemed an insult to the Malays, especially the practitioners of the Malay martial art form.

Secretary-general of the Malaysia National Silat Federation (Pesaka), Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin said Samad’s statement that silat was only a cultural heritage for show and not for self-defence was immature for an 80-year-old literary figure.

“When he (Samad) makes such a statement, it is an insult to the thousands of people who are learning silat. I dare guarantee that in every Malay family, at least one member has learned or is learning silat.”

Speaking at a news conference at Kompleks Lincah Mahaguru Omardin, here, today, Zulkarnain said although modern weapons were available, these could not be brought everywhere to protect oneself.

“Silat is part of Malay culture and when he (Samad) insults it, the Malays will once again sit up and feel they are being challenged,” he said, adding that silat was not learned just to fight in self-defence but to also build

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Pesaka Merdeka Silat Assembly last Friday, declared silat as the nation’s official art of self-defence.

At a forum on Saturday, Samad, who is a DAP member, was reported as saying that silat had become a heritage only for display and no longer suitable for self-defence.- BERNAMA