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PM hails nation’s ‘third line of defence’Posted on Sun, Oct 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm
by IDMA Editor
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has paid tribute to members of the country’s largest silat seni gayong or Malay martial arts association who he said had contributed much to peace.
He described members of the National Silat Seni Gayong Association as the country’s defenders who were willing to make sacrifices, including giving up their lives, to protect the nation.
“I consider the silat gayong association as one of three important groups in our line of defence, who can protect the country’s sovereignty and security. The first two are members of the armed forces and the police.
“I am sure all of you will be ready to fight against those who wish to challenge our country’s peace, security and sovereignty,” he told some 3,000 members of the silat group during a national gathering of the association here yesterday.
Gathering of warriors: Najib meeting members of the National Silat Seni Gayong Association in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
Najib said the members were respected for their discipline, mental confidence and loyalty to the country.
“We hope the younger generation will learn the discipline of seni silat gayong, which can inculcate good morals among the youths,” he added.
Najib said a nation’s strength in the 21st century did not lie solely in military strength but in political power too.
“The sharpest weapon for the future is not the keris but political power.
“You need to be excellent in all aspects, not only martial arts and skills.
“Use your silat knowledge as a means to develop yourselves into strong and successful individuals. The Japanese adhered to the bushido spirit after World War II to become an economically-powerful country,” he said.
Najib also said he would seriously look into a proposal to construct a Malaysian seni silat gayong building at Kampung Datuk Keramat here.
Later, during a special ceremony, the Prime Minister was bestowed with the Sandang Mahkota Agong Seri Bintang Pelangi award by association president Datuk Adiwijaya Abdullah.
The award is bestowed on Malay rulers and state leaders to symbolise the loyalty of the association’s members to the country’s leadership.