| James Kon |
IN CONTINUING effort to preserve Brunei’s culture and heritage, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah yesterday called on the Culture and Arts Division to focus on introducing and highlighting Brunei’s traditional rituals as well as ceremonies.
The minister was speaking during the final of the National Dastar (traditional Malay headgear) Fixing and Sinjang (traditional Malay kilt) Folding Competition which took place at the Airport Mall, Berakas, yesterday.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair cited the proper way of holding and putting down the bronze tray (Dulang) in traditional ceremonies where the ritual is poorly understood and followed by the youth.
In the speech, the minister also touched on the need for the younger generations to understand the national heritage passed on from ages ago as it possesses good values and is important for the existence of the nation.
He added that cultural heritage is the soul and identity of a nation and it contributes to unity, harmony, uniqueness and superiority of Brunei’s people.
Pehin Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair also emphasised that “customs and culture are reflections of the nation’s characters that are based on courtesy and mildness. The art and culture that we inherit must be preserved so that our future generations will not lose their direction.”
He said, “We feel very proud that the community in Brunei Darussalam still holds on to the cultural characteristics that we inherited. By holding on to the religious practices in daily life, the people still wear the attire which is the identity of Brunei – namely the Malay traditional costume – in ceremonies like weddings, Doa Arwah and others.”