KUALA LUMPUR – The Malay silat world has lost one of its most influential figures, Silat Lincah grandmaster Tan Sri Omardin Mauju, who died today, leaving a great legacy.
Born on May 29, 1941 in Puchong, Selangor, he was conferred the ‘Anugerah Pendekar Malaysia’ in July 2011 for his contributions to the Malay martial arts.
The special award was created via the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry as the nation’s highest recognition to the self-defence arts field.
The late Omardin, who is also the founder of Pertubuhan Seni Silat Lincah Malaysia (PSSLM), died of kidney complications at the age of 74.
His remains were buried in Kampung Puah, 5 1/2 Miles, Gombak, here where he grew up.
Omardin, left behind wife, Puan Sri Raja Azizah Raja Ahmad Shah, 65, and two sons, Megat Khairul Anuar and Senator Datuk Megat Zulkarnain.
Recalling his involvement in silat, it started as early as the age of 18 years after meeting a silat teacher Syed Abdul Rahaman in Pulau Besar, Melaka to steep himself in silat, before he was appointed ‘Guru Muda’ and, subsequently, Mahaguru.
His deep interest in Silat Lincah prompted him to set up PSSLM around 1960 and to expand the art nationwide. – BERNAMA