Silat fraternity suffers a blow with loss of sixth master in accident

Another victim in the accident that killed five silat instructors yesterday succumbed to his injuries today nearly 24 hours after being admitted at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, here.

Che Ishak Hussin, 55, of Kampung Tualang, Pokok Sena, died at 2am at the hospital’s intensive care unit, his eldest son Mohammad Zahir Che Ishak, 36, said.

“We were at his side when he breathed his last early today. We accept his death as fated,” he said when met at the hospital.

The silat masters were travelling home in a group of nine after a silat performance in Sungai Buloh, Selangor, when the van they were travelling in skidded and rammed a tree in Jalan Titi Haji Idris, Pendang, at about 3.30am.

Jumaat alias Saad Mat Akir, 62, of Jitra, Juhari Darus, 65, of Kodiang, and Ahmad Ismail, 65, of Langgar, died on the spot, while Sudin Deris, 65, of Langgar and Ishak Awang Kechik alias Hanafiah, 78, of Pokok Sena, died at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital.

Mohammad Zahir his father was active in the Rela Bakti Silat Association and played the serunai and drum during silat performances.

Che Ishak’s friend Johari Arifin, 54, said the death of the silat masters were a great loss to the Malay martial art fraternity.

“They were great silat masters. Now we are not sure what will happen to our association without them around,” he said.

– Bernama