| Rokiah Mahmud |
‘PASANG’ is one of Brunei’s traditional games that is almost similar to checker or chess.
This traditional game has been inherited from our ancestors.
However, with the impact of modern lifestyle and challenges of new technology that offer hundreds of computer games, youngsters today seem to have little knowledge on the existence of this heritage.
Therefore, as part of the effort in preserving the heritage for the future generation, continuous efforts have been initiated by the Museums Department.
They are promoting the ‘Pasang’ game through exhibitions either domestic or international and are holding several workshops demonstrating how to play the game.
Similar to chess or checkers, it needs thinking skills and strategies to play the game. However, there are certain rules, designs, techniques and strategies that need to be mastered by one.
The Language and Literature Bureau Library in the capital yesterday conducted a workshop on learning ‘Pasang’.
The workshop was organised in conjunction with the school holidays and as part of the library’s activities for their members.
Thirty-six library members comprising 13 kids and 23 youth participated in the workshop.
Facillitators for the workshop comprised trained officers and staff from the Museums Department.
In an interview with Dayang Norhayati binti Haji Masri, Museum Guide at the Museums Department, she said the department has made continuous efforts to preserve Brunei’s traditional games from becoming extinct.
Some of the efforts are organising workshops, demonstrations in schools, both government and private, associations and many more.
Participants are taught basic skills on how to play the game and understand the rules.
Aside from the workshop, members of the library also have the opportunity to enjoy several activities to fill up their school holidays and at the same time develop the habit of reading more books.