| Rokiah Mahmud |
IN LINE with efforts by the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) to inculcate the culture of reading, the ‘Mukim Buku’ programme of setting up libraries in mukim areas was yesterday launched in Mukim Gadong ‘A’.
Launching the event, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah noted that the move is in line with the Brunei Vision 2035.
Underlining the importance of reading, the minister urged book suppliers and bookstore owners in the country to become strategic partners with the Mukim Buku programme by contributing/donating books that can be used as reading material.
This will ultimately strengthen the knowledge and skills of the community.
He also commended the efforts of DBP as he likened the Mukim Buku concept to that of Book Town, which has been introduced in many European countries. At Book Town, collections of books are available for the purpose of reading, referencing, as a source of information and guidance for community residing in the area.
“Mukim Buku will not only benefit the community nearby, but others as well,” he added.
The Mukim Buku idea has long been pushed by penghulus and village heads, even since the Legislative Council Meeting in 2007.
The construction of Mukim Buku in Mukim Gadong commenced on January 28, 2014 and completed on August 27 of the same year at a cost of $48, 658. Aside from reading materials, it is equipped with facilities such as Internet and library applications services.
Members of the public are welcome to make book contributions for the use of Mukim Buku.
Following the launch, the minister toured the place to take a closer look at the available books and visited an exhibition set up for the occasion.