KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said one’s valour is not measured by the number of enemies that one could defeat, but by the sovereignty and prosperity enjoyed by the people of one’s country.
He said a true warrior certainly understood deeply the philosophy of the art of self-defence.
“The warrior spirit doesn’t just happen like that. Hence, I’m very happy when Mahaguru Tan Sri Omardin Mauju starts this art of self-defence (silat)movement in several states where the climax is tonight.
“I believe all the warriors here support this wave of valour and I believe all of you are eligible to be called the third line of the country’s defence.”
Najib said this when opening the “Warriors’ Night: National Gathering of Silat Exponents” in conjunction with the 16th National Silat Championship at the Kuala Lumpur Football Association Stadium in Cheras, here, Wednesday night.
Najib said the government was impressed with the level of discipline showed by the silat exponents by respecting the country’s regulations and laws.
He said the gathering involving about 15,000 silat exponents proved that they were among groups that upheld the country’s sovereignty and laws.
If the silat exponents could abide by the law when asked by Kuala Lumpur City Hall to change the location of this gathering, initially planned at Dataran Merdeka, there was no reason for any other association or organisation not to do so, he said and concurred with Mohamed Ali on the matter.
“Respecting the law is the essence of the country’s existence and anyone who loves this country will not put it in a chaotic situation as it could threaten security.”
The prime minister said laws were passed by Parliament to ensure balance between human rights, freedom of the individuals or civil liberty and the people’s interests.
There was no absolute freedom, he said, adding that there should be a balance between individual’s rights and the interest of the society as a whole.
He said the people should also understand the system of parliamentary democracy practised in this country where the people had the absolute power to decide the government they wanted every five years.
At the function, the prime minister was bestowed the title of Laksamana Negara by Pesaka for his contributions to the nation’s silat movement.
Source : Bernama