| Izah Azahari |
THE 20th Southeast Asian Literature Council (MASTERA) Session came to a close at Mangrove Paradise Resort, Jalan Kota Batu, yesterday.
The event began with a signing ceremony of the general results of the session by Hajah Aminah binti Haji Momin, Chairwoman of MASTERA Brunei Darussalam; Dr Sugiyono Head Representative of MASTERA Indonesia; Datuk Dr Haji Awang bin Sariyan, Chairman of MASTERA Malaysia; Prof Madya Dr Hadijah Rahmat, Chairwoman of MASTERA Singapore; and Dr Hamiding Sanor, Chairman of MASTERA Thailand.
Hajah Aminah, in her speech, said a number of projects and activities were successfully implemented during the course of the session and completed in accordance to the MASTERA framework – research, publication and translation.
“Translations of literature work from MASTERA member countries into the English language is one of the efforts done to popularise regional literature internationally,” said Hajah Aminah.
Four new projects have been proposed, which will be further refined in the next General Meeting, such as the MASTERA-Nurtured Literary Writers’ Forum under MASTERA Brunei, Theory of Local Literature Plan under the MASTERA Indonesia work plan, New Phase Research of Malay Philosophy in Traditional Literary Work under the MASTERA Malaysia Project; and Workshop on Cross-Media Arts under the MASTERA Singapore Project, which are all hoped to be implemented over the next five years.
Hajah Aminah also highlighted that the MASTERA Theatre Festival was successfully conducted for two nights recently at the Youth Centre in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The guest of honour yesterday was Datin Paduka Hajah Adina binti Othman, Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.