| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
THE opening ceremony for last night’s 20th Southeast Asian Literature Council (MASTERA) Conference, 2014 was held simultaneously with the closing of the Southeast Asian International Literature Seminar (SAKAT), the signing of the joint declaration of membership of the Thailand Malay Language and Literature Bureau into MASTERA, followed by the presentation ceremony for the MASTERA Literature Awards (ASM). The events were held at the Songket Ballroom, Rizqun International Airport, Gadong.
Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, was the guest of honour who officiated the 20th Southeast Asian Literature Council (MASTERA) Conference, presented MASTERA Literature Awards and launched new books.
The event began with the presentation of the resolution for the Southeast Asian International Literature Seminar (SAKAT) and was followed by a speech from the Chairperson of MASTERA Brunei Darussalam, Dayang Hajah Aminah binti Haji Momin. This was followed by speeches from the Head of MASTERA Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore as well as the Head Representative of the Thailand Malay Language and Literature Bureau.
The guest of honour launched new books published by MASTERA titled “Lima Tahun MASTERA (2000-2004)” and “Penterjemahan Karya Sastera Terpilih: Puisi”.
The event was also witness to the signing of the joint declaration of membership of the Thailand Malay Language and Literature Bureau into MASTERA.
This was followed by the announcement of the recipients of the MASTERA Literature Awards. The prestigious award is an honour and certification of figures of literature who are responsible for contributions and developments in the world of literature in their respective countries.
Receiving the award for Brunei Darussalam was YAM Pengiran Setia Negara Pengiran (Dr) Haji Mohd Yusof bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahim (Yura Halim); for Indonesia was Prof Dr Sapardi Djoko Damono; for Malaysia was Sasterawan Negara (SN) Prof Emeritus Dr Muhammad Haji Salleh; while receiving the award for Singapore was Suratman Markasan.
Each of the recipients of the MASTERA Literature Award received a cash prize of $10,000, a certificate or plaque of certification, traditional Bruneian handwoven Jong Sarat, as well as translation and publishing of their works deemed appropriate into the language of their respective countries. The recipient from Brunei Darussalam was exclusively granted the facility of publishing works appropriate in Brunei Darussalam.
The 20th Southeast Asian Literature Council (MASTERA) Conference, 2014 will be held for three days starting today at the Rizqun International Hotel. Meanwhile, the last day of the MASTERA Literature Festival will be today at the Youth Centre in the capital.