What could have been a spectacular traditional silat display at a wedding turned bloody when one of the exponents stabbed his ‘opponent’ with a keris, killing him.
Mohd Amil Zulkarnain, 17, was performing a silat routine for a wedding ceremony at Kampung Patau-Patau in Labuan on Saturday when the incident occurred.
While performing a mock duel with his cousin, Amil was accidentally stabbed in the left chest by the curved blade. He was rushed to the hospital but died on the treatment table.
The keris, a traditional Malay weapon, is usually regarded as extremely lethal due to its ‘wavy’ blade structure, which does not permit wounds to close easily.
Labuan acting police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Ghani said they received a report from the hospital on the incident at 1.23pm on Saturday.
â€œInitial investigation revealed that the suspect, who is the victimâ€™s cousin, was performing the silat with Mohd Amil about 11.20am.
â€œDuring the course of the performance, the suspect is believed to have stabbed the victim,â€ he said. He said suspect has been detained for further investigation.
The case is being investigated under Section 304(a) of the Penal Code of causing death by negligence.