| Siti Hajar |
PARALLEL to the benefits that the 21st century have introduced to modern society, the rise of ICT has also brought with it a number of daunting challenges that have put at risk the understanding of the country’s history.
With today’s youth investing more interest on “alternative entertainment” that has limited the potential of sharing Brunei’s past among the younger generation, governing bodies responsible for the dissemination of the events of yesteryear have been reminded to be more in-tune with the taste of the cyber generation.
During the opening of the 6th General Assembly for the Brunei History Society (PESEBAR) yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, called for the society to search for ways to attract attention to Brunei’s history through creative and innovative means.
“What is important is that we want to see the country’s younger generation to be more mindful and understand the country’s history,” she said.
“New means such as readily available information technology should be utilised and applied to disseminate our history through mediums that are more relevant for them as we need to enliven and socialise history.”
Despite the realisation that history is a subjective topic only appreciated by some, its preservation holds significant meaning in the development of a society, said the deputy minister, and therefore steps must be taken to ensure Brunei’s history is passed down to the leaders of the future.
“A culture that has no recorded history is one that has lost its self-worth and has lost its way in life,” she added. “Therefore our history must be recorded and shared for the continuity of Brunei’s culture and civilisation.”
The society’s president, Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Hj Awang Yahya bin Haji Ibrahim, meanwhile, called upon history enthusiasts, the Brunei History Centre, the Museum Department, students and academic staff of higher education to enrol as members to fulfil His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah in upholding Brunei’s invaluable cultural treasures.
Research work has the potential to open up other opportunities for research topics with readily available resources, he said.
“It would be most unfortunate if these resources were to be used by those who perceive them differently from our local researchers and it would be more apt if our history is written by Bruneians who are more knowledgeable with the Bruneian way of life.”