| Syazwani Hj Rosli |
THE 20th Southeast Asian Literature Council (MASTERA) Conference was officiated yesterday by the Acting Director of the Language and Literature Bureau, Hajah Aminah binti Haji Momin, in her capacity as the Chairperson of MASTERA (Brunei Darussalam), which took place at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong.
In her welcoming remark, Hajah Aminah congratulated the Malay Language and Literature Bureau (Thailand) for the signing of the declaration of membership into MASTERA.
She added that MASTERA endeavours to draw other Southeast Asian countries to take part in order to increase the use of the Malay language through literature.
The event continued with speeches from the heads of MASTERA representing Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore as well as the representative of the Malay Language and Literature Bureau (Thailand).
The three-day conference will cover the MASTERA Project Plan and Activity (2014-2018) as well as ongoing projects and activities in the areas of research, analysis, restructuring, upgrading, translation and publishing.
The objectives of the conference are to foster relationships and cooperation between the member countries of MASTERA in developing and expanding regional literature as well as coordinating the planning and implementation of programmes.
The conference seeks to strengthen the dissemination and use of regional languages as a means of communication and improving knowledge.
Present at the opening ceremony were delegations from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.