| Izah Azahari & Khal Baharulalam |
THE Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) Supreme Council yesterday organised an official opening ceremony for the Social Issues Seminar managed by the Academy of Brunei Studies at the Goldstone Ballroom of Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong, aimed at strengthening the MIB values in the lives of Brunei society.
Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman was the guest of honour at the event, which was themed ‘Harmonious Society, Prosperous Country’.
Seventeen working papers were presented by local and foreign intellectuals and academics as well as government officers and non-government officials.
Also put forth was a main paper presented by Professor Madya Dr Awang Haji Hashim bin Haji Abdul Hamid, member of the Secretariat of the MIB Supreme Council, entitled ‘Membumikan Falsafah Negara Jalan Menghindari Kefasadan’ – loosely translated to ‘Embedding a National Philosophy of Avoiding the Road to Damages’.
This was in line with the tasks and responsibilities of the MIB Supreme Council in strengthening the practices and in appreciating MIB values within society.
“The focus and theme of the working papers presented at the seminar relate to social issues faced by Brunei. They aim to bring understanding and knowledge,” said Dr Awang Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, the Secretary/Head of Secretariat of the MIB Supreme Council, in his opening speech.
Dr Awang Haji Muhammad Hadi explained that this is also to examine the factors that bring about the following issues and to find solutions to them.
“Experience and strengthening the Malay Islamic Monarchy values in everyday life is very important in helping to combat social ills in the family, society and state,” he said.
“The concept of Malay Islamic Monarchy itself contains positive values that can prevent and stop individuals from doing something that goes against cultural values, Islamic teachings, and laws and regulations of the country.”
Also present at the event were members of the Legislative Council and the MIB Supreme Council Secretariat.
The seminar was attended by 300 participants comprising government officials, secondary school counsellors, students from higher education institutions, Technical and Vocational students, sixth form students, associations, members of the Brunei Youth Council, and penghulus as well as village heads.