| Faza Suraj |
THE Brunei History Centre under the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) in collaboration with the Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday conducted the Mukim Liang History and Heritage Research in Belait District.
The first-of-its-kind project which was launched on February 26, focuses on Kampong Sungai Liang, and will be carried out for two more days, February 28 and March 2. As part of the project 62 students will interview 34 story-tellers.
Mohammad Faisal bin Hj Mat Salleh, a History Officer from the Research and Documentation Division under the Brunei History Centre, told the Bulletin that the project aims to collect the country’s historical evidences to be documented with a possibility of producing publications.
When asked about how the story-tellers were picked, Mohammad Faisal informed that the process was initiated two months before the commencement of the project with the cooperation of the Village Consultative Council members in identifying the whereabouts of the villagers.
“Kg Sungai Liang was picked because it was the first settlement in Belait District and before it became a whole ‘kampong’, it was originally six separate villages,” added the officer.
Mohammad Faisal also mentioned that they will be focusing on five of the villages, namely, Kg Perumpong, Kg Tunggulian, Kg Keluyoh, Kg Padang and Kg Gana.
Topics that will be covered in the interviews include socio-economics, socio-cultural, village background, and also the development of the villages.
The students will visit historical places of interest and see whether preservations are being done or not, and also investigate and analyse how Kg Sungai Liang was formed.