Reading the Warriors Pledge pronounced with enthusiasm on the Night of The Warriors of Malacca recently, set fire to the spirit of the youth to maintain their identity. The Event took place on Friday 13th, between 5pm and 11pm.
This assembly, involving more than 2600 pesilats (silat practitioners) from 60 Silat schools were held in the open fields near Banda Hilir in Melaka. This occasion which brought together thousands of children from a variety of Silat schools is a manifestation of the spirit of a nation of warriors ready to rise up to defend the dignity of their religion, race and country from elements who try to interfere with its national security.
This historic night was officiated by Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, president of the National Silat Federation of Malaysia (PESAKA), who is also Chief Minister of Malacca. Also present were , Master of Silat Lincah Malaysia, Tan Sri Omar Din Mauju and the Chairman of Malacca PESAKA, Datuk Yaqub Md. Amin.
Mohd Ali said in his opening remarks, this rally is one of the warrior spirit raising efforts to continue to defend the identity of Malaysians, especially the Malay culture which comprises of disciplined behavior and morality.
"Therefore, PESAKA and Silat students are always ready to defend the sovereignty and uphold the values in the martial skills against traitors and threats by irresponsible persons," he added.
The audience present was estimated at nearly 3000 people and they were treated to a demonstration of the speed of the Malay warriors, Silat Seni dances, and weaponry amongst other silat displays. Silat groups from various universities also displayed their skills as early as 5pm to the closing ceremony at 11.00 pm.
At the end of the night of the Warriors of Malacca, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali was awarded the Admiral Award sash of Melaka, which was the highest State award presented by Grand Master Tan Sri Omar Din Mauju; a known warrior of Malaysia. Thereafter, awards were also given to various Silat Gurus.
_Background The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign. It takes place every year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). The period includes Universal Children’s Day and World AIDS Day.
Although the global campaign focuses on violence against women only, South Africa added children to its campaign because of the high incidence of child abuse in the country.
This campaign has been profiled and implemented in South Africa since 1999. The South African Government runs the 16 Days of Activism Campaign to create public awareness on the negative impact of violence on women and children and to encourage collective action against all types of abuse and its prevention in our communities. We are firmly committed to lead a coordinated effort to sustain the campaign into its next decade.
In 2011 the 16 days of activism campaign will be undertaken under the Theme: “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence.”
The five sub-themes will be:
This campaign actively supports the priorities of government to empower women, in particular rural women grappling with the challenge of unemployment and poverty; and protects the rights of the child.
During the campaign, government will mobilise communities around the national effort to reduce arms in society, which tend to be the common denominator in many cases of domestic violence.
While there is slight improvement, the levels of physical, emotional and sexual abuse experienced by women and children remain unacceptably high. The recently released Crime Statistics 2010/2011 indicated that:
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