The annual championship to be held at Square One Batu Pahat shopping complex is being organised by the Higher Learning Ministry (HLM) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UHTM) with sanction from the National Silat Federation (Pesaka). UHTM vice-chancellor Prof Amir Hashim Mohd Kassim said the third edition championship this year would include programmes like visits to traditional Malay silat villages around Batu Pahat and silat museum, two or three days before the competition.
"The visits will give silat exponents, especially those from abroad, a chance to learn more about local silat practitioners," he told reporters here. He said nine countries would challenge overall defending champion, Malaysia, including Netherlands, Belgium, Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam. -- BERNAMA