Curtains raised on Language Month 2020

Izah Azahari

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin launched the Language Month 2020 at the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) at the Old Airport in Berakas yesterday.

The activities included virtual recitation of the language pledge, a video clip presentation of the launch and a prize presentation to 13 students who excelled in the Malay Language and Malay Literature in the GCE ‘O’ Level and GCE ‘A’ Level last year.

Language Month is held every July, and this year it carries the theme ‘The Malay Language is Our Language.’ The event meets the vision of supporting the national policy on the Malay Language as enacted in Chapter 82 (1) The Constitution of the State of Brunei, 1959, and the Government Secretariat circular letter No 35/1962 Brunei and No 26/1965 Brunei.

Language Month aims to strengthen the dignity of Malay as being the national language/ identity; fostering a shared sense of mother tongue; strengthening the unity of the Brunei people through language activities; as well as to celebrate it nationally.

The event also saw the launching of the DBP e-Payment Services and Marketing mechanism via Digital Banking, QuickPay and Swipe Card for Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) account holders to carry out payment of services and marketing of books available at DBP.

With this service, customers dealing with the department can make direct payments by choosing one of the payment alternatives provided. Among the paid services provided by DBP are translation and review services, Jawi writing and verification services, sale of book publishing licences, magazines and journals, space rental, library card registration, tender offer document sales and book, magazines and journals sales.

The e-payment implementation aims to upgrade the department’s services and marketing as a facilitator in providing long-term descriptions for stakeholders and the public to make payments and purchases, as well as to support digital and cashless world initiatives.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin with officials and students in a group photo. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan awards a student for her excellence