Alhamdulillah, Universiti Malaysia Pahang was invited for the Ceremony of "Solat Hajat, Bacaan Yasin dan Tahlil and Perletakan Batu Asas of Rumah Gayong" at Jalan F, Kg. Pandan last Saturday. Among the VVIP was Dato' Ahmad Mazlan who was invited to officialize the ceremony. But we Universiti Malaysia Pahang didn't come only for a simple reason of attending. We came for a new step further for Gelanggang Naga Rantau Universiti Malaysia Pahang. Accompanying the JHEPA Dean, 3 staffs and 3 students, and the representatives of PSSGM Pahang (Cikgu Rahim Masrom, Cikgu Mad, Cikgu Anwar etc.)
Since I have been working in Universiti Malaysia Pahang, I was appointed as the Advisor of Persatuan Silat Seni Gayong UMP and also recently as the Principal of the Fifth residential college by JHEPA. I have a chance of being here and supported by one of my workmate Cikgu Zaki of Cultural Unit, in the activities of Silat Seni Gayong. One of the best UMP's support of our Gayong activities was sponsoring 2 staffs and 2 students for a 2 weeks sejours in France for the demo and grading of "Program Gayong Jelajah Perancis 2.0, Naga Rantau". After that, one by one Gayong activities were approved and supported by JHEPA of UMP. Since 2011 until now, we indeed have made Gelanggang Naga Rantau, at least, a Gelanggang where there is always the programs (almost every week!) for the development of the every Anak Gayong who are the engineering students.
I keep a good care of Gayong business, while Cikgu Zaki keep a good care of the administration of JHEPA for facilitate of our movement. But one man behind all of the success. Without his support, our Gelanggang couldn't arrive to a state where we could see now. He is the Pembantu Naib Cancelor, the Assistant of Vice Cancelor, the Dean of Student Affairs and Alumni Department (JHEPA) of Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Prof. Dr. Yusserie Zainuddin.
Prof. Dr. Yusserie Zainuddin had agreed to receive a "Sandang Kehormat Mahkota Seri Relang Pelangi", which makes him the first academician to receive such recognition from the Federation of Silat Seni Gayong Malaysia for his support to the Silat Seni Gayong activities in Universiti Malaysia Pahang. The ceremony was completed by the Board of National Adat Comitee of PSSGM and the Sandang was put on by Dato' Ahmad Mazlan.
Witnessing our own leader to receive such Sandang in the Adat way, we all feel proud indeed. The award ceremony to our Dean was the Opening program of "Konvensyen Naga Rantau-Gayong France 2012". It is only about 14 days before 7 of my Gayong students from Association Francaise Silat Seni Gayong will come here in UMP for the program that we had planned for them. InsyaAllah, we'll have a tour around Malaysia to introduce the Anak Gayong Perancis and to make the Silaturrahim. InsyaAllah, if we have any invitation from any Gelanggang that doesn't clash with our program, we'll try our best to be there. Please do contact me for any invitation. ;)
The French will pass most of their time in Gelanggang Naga Rantau, at Kolej Kediaman 5, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Pekan. We'll have the non-stop training, grading, gathering with the Masters, gathering with the Alumni of Naga Rantau-Alumni of Gayong Ireland, the ceremony of Mandi Minyak, the Gendang and traditional music class, women self-defense, Sandang Awards ceremony, visit and training at Masters' house, Gala Nite dinner and also the demonstration. Congratulation and thank you again Prof. Dr. Yusserie Zainuddin to support and approved the program. I do hope that we could do something bigger and very special afterwards of Silat Seni Gayong in UMP.
-Shaiful Hakim Mohamed Noor-
From the office of KK5, UMP Pekan.