Universiti Brunei Darussalam recognises country’s leading literary figure

|     Ishan Ibrahim     |


UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) hosted a symposium on ‘Recognising the Literary Contributions of Muslim Burmat’ yesterday, as a tribute to one of Brunei’s leading literary figures.

The academic conference was officiated by Dr Hajah Asiyah Az-Zahra binti Haji Ahmad Kumpoh, the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), who also welcomed the guests, including Muslim Burmat.

Comprising UBD academicians and civil officers at government institutions such as the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP), the panellists presented several papers on Muslim Burmat’s literary works under the topics ‘Values and Education’, ‘Comparative Literature’ and ‘History’.

Muslim Burmat, who became the first Bruneian to win the prestigious Southeast Asia Write Award in 1986, is a prolific author with a vast output of poems, articles, short stories, children’s books and novels for the past 50 years.

Muslim Burmat at the event
Panellists during the symposium. – PHOTOS: ISHAN IBRAHIM