| Izah Azahari |
A PRIZE presentation ceremony was conducted yesterday by the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) at the Dewan Balai Sarmayuda, DBP building, for the winners of the ‘Batuturan Dialek Kitani’ Competition and the ‘Bicara Minda’ Competition held in conjunction with the Language Month 2014.
Present as the guest of honour to present the prizes was Awang Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Chairing the event was Dayang Hajah Nortijah binti Haji Mohd Hassan, the Acting Director of the Language and Literature Bureau.
A total of 83 participants in categories A and B took part in the ‘Batuturan Dialek Kitani’ competition in which 37 participants competed in the Brunei Malay dialect, 13 participants in the Belait dialect, six in Bisaya dialect, four in Murut, 12 in Dusun, four in Kedayan and seven in the Tutong dialect.
However, seven participants from the Bisaya, Murut and Kedayan dialect sections pulled out of the competition leaving only 76 competitors in the fray.
The first place winners of the Category A are Ainaa Zunah Insyirah binti Hj Abd Manap in the Brunei Malay dialect; Alya Sofiyya @ Roszie Rudzdarwisyah in the Belait dialect; Elis Erwany binti Pitar in the Dusun dialect; and Muhammad Mateen bin Husin in the Tutong dialect.
The first place winners of Category B are Dayangku Nurul Syafiqah Hakeemah binti Pengiran Shaiful Rezal Malek Faesal in the Brunei Malay dialect; Nur Haziratul Hafizah binti Tahirudin in the Belait dialect; Nursyafiqah binti Muhd Hamizan in the Dusun dialect; and Dayangku Umi Aqillah binti Pengiran Isa in the Tutong dialect.
The objective of the competition was to introduce languages or dialects to the society in order to strengthen the language or dialect of indigenous groups so that it will not face extinction.
Moreover, the competition aimed to uncover the talent in students for storytelling using their own language and dialect casually and convincingly, as well as to enhance their skills in using their indigenous languages or dialects, including to foster a sense of pride within the younger generation towards their language or dialect that will enable them to be more knowledgeable and appreciative of the stories of their heritage, in addition to building their self-confidence to compete more efficiently.
The ‘Bicara Minda’ Competition was divided into three categories.
In the Pre-University Category, Dayang Siti Nur Syazwani Rizawati binti Mohammad Shari obtained first place, while Awangku Mohammad Aziman bin Pengiran Haji Rakawi won the first place in the University Category.
The objective of the ‘Bicara Minda’ Competition was to increase awareness among youth on the importance of the Malay language as the official language and the language of knowledge be it in spoken or written forms; to add on reading material in the Malay language aside from elevating the Malay language as the language of knowledge and the country’s official language; to encourage the culture of reading, noting, writing, creativity and to inspire the mind as a vehicle for the development of idealism.
Prizes were also given for the Best Student in the Malay language and Literature Subject for the GCE Brunei Cambridge ‘O’ Level Examination 2013 from the Tutong and Belait districts.