Anthology of poems launched

Izah Azahari

The first-ever anthology of poems Dalam Cermin Sejarah, published by the Brunei History Centre, was launched during a Book Launching ceremony at the Tarindak D’Seni, Bandar Seri Begawan yesterday.

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 was the guest of honour.

The event began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat followed by the welcoming speech by the Deputy Principal of the Brunei History Centre Hanafi bin Haji Salleh in his capacity as the chairman of the event.

He highlighted that the anthology is a collection of poems from 56 local writers who wrote 56 excerpts of special poems as a celebration of 50 years of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s reign as the Sultan, Head of State and Head of Government.

The anthology of poems present events related to the sequence of history of birth, coronation, and governance of His Majesty, His Majesty’s attitude of care and love for the people, historical values, culture and customs, national independence, international and regional relations, and patriotic spirit.

The minister during the book launching ceremony
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 presents the book to State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

“This anthology book is a special one because every verse and line of poetry that is created is an expression of gratitude to Allah the Almighty and expresses people’s loyalty to our beloved king,” said Hanafi.

The event proceeded with the guest of honour launching the book along with a book presentation to its writers as a souvenir.

State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned (Adi Rumi); Minister of Religious Affairs Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman (Badaruddin HO); Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama Profesor (Dr) Haji Awang Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri bin Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Umar (Wijaya); Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Haji Awang Yahya (Yahya MS); the late Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Muhammad bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman (PH Muhammad Abdul Rahman); Associate Profesor Dr Haji Hashim bin Haji Abdul Hamid (A Hashim Hamid); Associate Profesor Ampuan Dr Haji Ibrahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah (Rahimi AB); Haji Awang Mohammad bin Haji Timbang (A Mohammad Timbang); Awang Haji Jawawi bin Haji Ahmad (HJR); Pengiran Haji Mahmud bin Pengiran Damit (Mahmudamit); and Haji Abdul Hamid bin Haji Tamat (Salmi Mesra) were among the top local poets who have contributed to the book and are recipients of the Southeast Asian Write Award (SEA Write Award).