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.