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“GOOD understanding and appreciation of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) concept gives a positive impact and acts a as a shield to the nation in weathering the current globalisation and modernisation that is increasingly challenging – particularly in matters relating to cultural heritage, nationhood, faith and morals.”
This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Education, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yusoff bin Haji Ismail during a prize presentation ceremony for an essay writing competition held yesterday at the Goldstone Ballroom, Centrepoint Hotel.
The deputy minister, who was also the guest of honour, said that the competition was more academic in nature, testing the students’ understanding, appreciation and skills.
He also mentioned that the competition was part of the Secretariat of the MIB Supreme Council’s research, evaluation and collection of data for possible implementation of future plans.
“The results of the information and data collected will be shared with all concerned parties in the drafting, charting and implementation of all activities, programmes and projects related to the concept of MIB, whether it is for short or long term planning,” said the deputy minister.
At present, the concept of MIB has become a core subject which is included in Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (PSR). MIB is also one of the subjects taught in secondary schools, sixth forms as well as higher education institutions and technical and vocational institutions, where it must be passed.
“Thus the concept of MIB is solidified with elements of internal strength and national heritage, tradition and identity of the Bruneian people. MIB has also become the axis in the development of the country, particularly in the field of education and the formation of human capital,” highlighted the deputy minister.
If the values, norms and internal elements of MIB are fully internalised in the life of an individual, it would become a core aspect in the development of his/her behaviour, he added.
“This is because MIB does not only contain the value of patriotism but also includes many socio-cultural norms and disciplines. It also upholds very important moral values in Islamic teachings that would strengthen our faith and piety to Allah the Almighty,” the deputy minister said.
He hoped that such competitions will be able to further its success and target a wider audience so that the concept of MIB can be strengthened and passed on to those who will inherit the leadership of the country in the future.
In yesterday’s ceremony, the deputy minister presented prizes to the competition winners of each category which ranged from Year 1 to Year 6.
The Year 1 Category was won by Nur Saidatul Alya Batrisyia binti Supin Saroy from Anggerek Desa Primary School, while the Year 2 Category was won by Iman al-Humaira binti Haji Ahmad Abdussalam from Al Faalah School.
In the Year 3 Category, Dyg Nur Haziyah binti Haji Awang Taha from Raja Isteri Fatimah Primary School emerged as champion.
In the Year 4 Category, Mohd Ezad Hafizuddin bin Aliman from Serasa Primary School took the top spot, while Mohd Amiruddin bin Muhd Aiman from Nusa Laila Puteri School won the Year 5 Category and Siti Nurbazilah binti Awang Yahya from St Margaret’s School claimed the Year 6 Category.