On monday, 12th September, one of Cape Towns first Silat instructors has left its shores to Brunei. Mr Mogamat Gielmie Hartley (aka Tuan Hilmy) wil deliver a paper on "Cape Town's Perspective on the Malays of South Africa" as part of an ongoing research of the Malay communities accross the world. The International Congress on Language and Culture (KABB Kongres Antarabangsa Bahasa dan Budaya) takes place on September 17-18 at the International Convention Centre in Berakas, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) after its establishment on September 16, 1961.
The Language and Literature Bureau has confirmed 28 working papers to be presented during the congress, which will be presented by various country representatives from South Africa, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore," the Kabb's Secretary, Mohd Azurin Othman (picture), confirmed according to brunei times. read more here... http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2011/04/15/international-malay-culture-congress-present-28-papers
Tuan Hilmy is well known in Cape Town as an active researcher of Cape Malay & Muslim heritage. In the martial arts community, Tuan Hilmy was the very first South African student of Haji Mokhtar Yahya (Master of Seni Silat Pukulan melaka) and also opened the first gelanggang in Cape Town in 1997. With many years of training in the Karate Dojo, Tuan Hilmy has moved on to establish a connection with the Malay world through establishing the practice and culture of Silat.
We hope to catch up with Tuan Hilmy once he arrives from Brunei, Inshallah.
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