| Wani Roslan |
THE Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) is playing its role in enlivening the 31st National Day celebration by conducting the ‘Brunei Book Fair and Empowering Reading Culture Carnival 2015’ at the Indoor Stadium in Berakas.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports cum guest of honour Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah officiated the launch of the carnival yesterday.
The book fair carries the theme ‘Buku Bacalah!’, which calls on the people of Brunei to appreciate books and to enrich knowledge.
DBP Director Hajah Aminah binti Haji Momin, the chairperson of the event, revealed that last year’s book fair had recorded 60,716 visitors. This breaks down to 37,415 public members and 23,301 students from primary schools, secondary schools, higher learning institutions and colleges in Brunei-Muara District, Tutong District and Belait District, including special needs people.
“The fair is an initiative and annual event in upholding DBP’s goals, which include empowering the reading culture and to encourage our children to start reading at an early age. This needs to become a culture in our life.
“The carnival aims to raise awareness on the importance of the reading culture for national development,” she added.
The day also saw recognition awarded to four individuals for being ‘2015 Reading Ambassadors’. Held for the first time, the acknowledgement serves to pay tribute to individuals who read books diligently and help raise awareness on the importance of reading.
The foursome are Raihana Asyiqin binti Haji Suhaili from the Brunei-Muara District, Razlinie binti Abdul Razak from the Tutong District, Tajjul Hakim bin Haji Masri from the Belait District and Hajah Munirah binti Mohd Rahimi from the Temburong District.
The ceremony continued with the Bestseller Awards 2014, Best Publication 2014 and Newly-Published Books award presentation to writers.
Among the Bestseller Awards 2014 recipients were ‘Qanun Jenayah Syar’iah: Satu Pengenalan’ by Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned and published by State Mufti’s Office, as well as ‘Mun Paham Bisai Cerita Motivasi’ by Ali Yusri bin Haji Abdul Ghafor and published by DBP.
The guest of honour also launched 15 newly-published books comprising general, literature and children’s books that include ‘A Collection of Poetry Window on the World’ by Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned.
The new books include ‘Sapaan dan Panggilan Generasi Muda’ by Nur Haffizah binti Haji Mohd Ada, ‘Kefahaman dan Pengajaran Surah Yaasiin’ by Pehin Jawatan Luar Pekerma Raja Dato Seri Utama Dr Ustaz Haji Awang Mohd Zain bin Haji Serudin, and ‘Panduan Diftong dan Rangkap Vokal Bahasa Melayu Analisis Akustik Berkomputer’ by Dr Sato Hirobumi @ Rahmat.
Later, the guest of honour launched the ‘Taman Bacaan’ before touring the exhibition and carnival.
The 10-day book festival, which ends on March 7, showcases the products of over 40 companies, some of which are foreign books dealers.
Several activities have also been lined up such as book consultation, story-telling competition, Pelangi quiz and ‘Ria Bacathon’ challenge.
The event is open from 8.30am to 10pm, except on Friday, during which operating hours are between 9am to 11.30am and again from 2.30pm to 10pm.