| Wani Roslan |
A PRESS conference on the 6th General Meeting of Brunei Historical Society (PESEBAR) was held yesterday at a meeting room of Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
The event, organised by PESEBAR, will be held this Sunday, September 28 at Dewan Jawatan Dalam, Department of Brunei History Centre.
“We encourage all members of PESEBAR and members of the public to attend the launching of the 6th General Meeting where the new selection of Higher Committee Members for 2014-2016 session will take place,” the Assistant Honorary Secretary of PESEBAR, Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, said.
The meeting will also include reports by the honorary secretary and treasurer as well as dissolution of the Higher Committee Members 2011-2014 and the election of interim chairman.
According to Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi, the establishment of the PESEBAR is aimed at achieving several objectives – to do research and study, to make publications especially on the history of Brunei Darussalam, to preserve historic sites in Brunei, to discover and keep old records on the history of Brunei and to retain the lifestyle of Bruneians in line with Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB).
During the press conference, the Associate Professor Dr Haji Asbol bin Haji Mail, the Honorary Secretary of PESEBAR, said members of the public who would like to join PESEBAR will need to fill in a form and the registration fee for students is BND$5 and BND$10 for members of the public including government officers.
“The registration fee will also cover a life membership and members do not have to pay to participate in seminars, workshops and other activities organised by Brunei Historical Society,” he said.
Dr Haji Muhammad Hadi added that PESEBAR will conduct a seminar next year in collaboration with Malay Islamic Monarchy Supreme Secretariat (MTMIB) on the economic activities of the Malay community, especially in Brunei Darussalam, and will propose various local presenters to present working papers on the history and the future of Malay Islamic Monarchy.
PESEBAR has 430 members and has successfully published ‘Commemorative Book’ in conjunction with Brunei’s 25th Independence Day Celebrations which contains 14 articles based on the research study by local scholars. The publication was sponsored by Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation.