| Azlan Othman |
HIS Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has always stressed on the importance of upholding Jawi writing.
The monarch’s many titah on the position of Jawi reminds us of our role in upholding and expanding the writing, in view of its relations to the ability to read the Al-Quran.
Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong, said this at the opening of regional seminar on Jawi and Arabic writing organised by the Arabic Language and Islamic Civilisation Faculty of Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) yesterday.
He said the UNISSA’s initiative in holding this conference was timely in answering the aspiration of the people towards fostering cooperation, as well as sharing knowledge, information, experience and expertise.
“Besides enhancing the spirit of Ummah to continuously uphold the priceless heritage and civilisation of Brunei Darussalam, this effort can also increase the spirit of the nation, so that it continues to flourish.
“The participation of foreign speakers ensures that knowledge is widened and reflects that Brunei is not alone in the mission to expand and preserve the use of Jawi and Arabic writings,” the minister added.
The minister also lauded UNISSA’s “determination in supporting His Majesty’s aspiration to make Brunei a Zikir Nation”.
“The writing of UNISSA Mushaf by locals attests to the effort made by UNISSA in upholding Jawi writing. I am also pleased that the university has been active in organising Jawi-related competitions,” said the minister, adding that the education system would continue to see the teaching of Jawi prioritised.
“The ministry will continue strengthening the use of Jawi in the school curriculum from the primary to secondary level.
“Jawi reading and writing have become part of the Year 1 to 6 syllabuses, including the Primary School Assessment (PSR).
“Jawi is also included in exams involving Year 7 and 8. It is also implemented in subjects like Art, Business, and Technology for Year 7 to 11.”
“This is to ensure that students possess the basic skills required to acquire Al-Quran and Islamic teaching,” said the minister.
Twenty-seven working papers from local and foreign speakers from Afghanistan, Jordan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sudan are to be presented over the course of the two-day conference, which has attracted some 200 Arabic and Jawi writing enthusiasts.