| Lyna Mohamad |
IN AN effort to empower the use of Jawi writing, the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) has implemented several strategies, such as the publication of Jawi Register DBP Edition and Naindong – a magazine fully written in Jawi script.
According to DBP’s director, Hajah Aminah binti Haji Momin, at the opening ceremony of the ‘Seni Khat Jawi’ Workshop yesterday, Jawi script has been used in the country since the early 10th century and is synonymous with the Malay community in the country.
She stated that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in his titah at the 2nd Teacher’s Day celebration highlighted the need to explore new methods of writing and reading Jawi.
The establishment of the Seni Khat Jawi Brunei Darussalam Club in April 2012 was served to lift and elevate Jawi writing in the country and intended to highlight and expose local writers at regional and international level, as well as to draw public interest on Khat Jawi.
Twenty-five Khat writers participated in the week-long workshop which is aimed at giving participants the ability to produce quality art pieces that are of international standards.
It is also aimed at combining Khat writing with contemporary style and creativity without compromising Khat methods.
The workshop is facilitated by Ustaz Ahmad Syafil Hadi Muhtasin from the Al-Quran Calligraphy Board (LEMKA) of Indonesia and Haji Mahadi bin Haji Md Zain from DBP.