| Siti Hajar |
TECHNOLOGY has opened up limitless possibilities for people all around the world, ranging from education, business and the arts, said the Permanent Secretary (Media and Cabinet) at the Prime Minister’s Office, Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos.
In his keynote address at the official opening of the International Asia Pacific Literature Seminar (SAKAT) at the Language and Literature Bureau yesterday, he said that with the advancement of communicative mediums through new media, the world of language and literature has also grown.
“The evolution of language and literature is anticipated to continue, considering that new media is also constantly in its evolutionary stage in the sense that it changes and expands based on technology’s convenience and capabilities,” he said.
With the theme ‘Literature in New Media, Potential and Contribution’, this year’s gathering of writers focuses on the fast-moving pace of new media in a globalising world, with characteristics that can exponentially benefit this particular Art industry.
The theme, adopted from the 19th Asia Pacific Literature Council Conference meeting in Indonesia, explores the role of the media in elevating literacy regardless of a writer’s geographical location.
Moving away from the conventional delivery of literature – which has made its way from pen and paper to the world of cyber technology – these new forms of art “will provide writers with the ability and potential to enrich their respective work”.
The ways in which writers distribute their work has also changed with the introduction of technology, noted Haji Mohd Rozan, who pointed that online publishing has also made it easier for writers to share their respective pieces of art.
However, despite the ease in getting recognised, he reminded that issues such as copyright and piracy are real concerns that are faced through the usage of the Internet.
“New media has given new life, potential and opportunities and will contribute to the development of Malay literature,” he said, and cautioned that “writers need to know how to balance risks and issues in the regulating writing and authorship.”
The seminar, scheduled to conclude today, aims to achieve an objective towards disseminating literature in the Asia Pacific region, with the seminar’s resolution to be forwarded to the 20th MASTERA Conference to be held tomorrow until September 21 in Brunei Darussalam.
Joining the discussion during the SAKAT seminar were participants from France, Korea, Germany, England, Japan and Thailand, alongside MASTERA members comprising Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, who will exchange ideas on a number of sub-themes including the likes of publishing and copyright; distribution and marketing/ease of access; literature, globalisation and trans-nationalism.