I am not sure whether nowadays in Malaysia, there is MORE Malay who practice Silat or MORE who is not. But the peaceful and stable social-economical makes more Malaysian have times and capabilities to learn and practice the martial art, especially the Seni Silat. Due to the continuing effort of the Warriors, the Pendekars, the Panglimas and Srikandis, the Mahagurus and Guru Utamas, that fully sacrifice to serve the nation in keeping the tradition, with a little help from the nation medias, the trends is going up. In Malaysia, more and more association and federation, born to keep this tradition. PESAKA, DSSM, HIKMAH, SRIKANDI, MPM, PEWARIS, etc. are among the movers that creates new energy for the survival of Melayu nation.
Many proposals had been sent, many paperwork had been rejected. If it is not due to the heart of steel of those grandmasters, I am sure we had give up long time ago. However, with the co-operation between MAGMA that represents the big martial art associations with the Ministry of Human Resource under the Malaysia Skill Department, has finally worth of waiting and fighting. ( It is not an easy way to arrive. They had all the misery and bad experience. )
The best thing is that the UniSHAHPUTRA, one of the popular private university in Malaysia has grabbed this chance to offer the course in their university. 3 years course for a Diploma in Martial Art. The truth is that we need to have the demand of the course from the market to make this successful. That's why every sectors, public or private must help to boost the demand of this course. The MOU had been signed between SHAHPUTRA under it's founder Dato' Dr. Haji Azman Abd Ghanie, and co-founder Datin Hajjah Suzieyati Haji Adham, with the founder of MAGMA, Grandmaster Azlan Abd Ghanie whois also the owner of SENIBELADIRI magazine and Guru Utama of Silat Melayu Lok 9. This meaningful event was witnessed by the Malaysia Deputy Minister of Human Resource himself YB Dato' Seri Haji Ismail Abd Mutallib, and all of the Martial Arts Grandmasters and practitioners especially from Pahang. Our ceremony was cherished by the demonstration by many Silat groups, and also my small group of PSSGM Universiti Malaysia Pahang. It was an event that I want to part of as it marks a new era for the Martial Art world in our country.
Perhaps there are certain people who are quite cynical with the martial art studies. But as long as I am concerned, martial art is a study about the human it self. To know your self. To know your potential. To know your strength and weakness. I do hope my entry here would give you some ideas and motivation. Grab the chance. For those who already have their experience and a practitioner of Silat Seni Gayong, you can have the details here: