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Boost for local literary development

Izah Azahari

Bedah Karya project is hoped to be a platform for literary discussion and study from researchers, scholars as well as students of higher learning institutions, said Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) Acting Director Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab.

The project’s implementation has become one of the ways to trace the value of literary works from local writers and further provide a deeper understanding, he said during the virtual Pantaran Sastera, DBP 2022: Bedah Karya, organised by DBP Literature and Magazine Division on Thursday via Zoom and DBP Facebook page.

The acting director said the evaluation and discussion of a work will indirectly help participants to develop their writing skills and in turn improve their quality.

“The high value of a work produced represents the authority of a writer’s thinking. DBP will continue to hold the Bedah Karya project to explore the thoughts and minds of the country’s writers who have received recognition and appreciation at home and abroad, as well as established prolific and young writers”.

Acting Permanent Secretary (Strategy and Policy Management) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Dr Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah was present, with some 150 participating including recipients of the Southeast Asian Writers’ Award, officers and staff of DBP, MCYS department representatives, academics, higher education institution students and graduates, writers, as well as associations and activists of literature, language and culture.

Acting Director Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab delivers his speech
Participants during the event. PHOTOS: IZAH AZAHARI

Two literary works were discussed during the event, namely Mahmudamit’s Kumpulan Puisi Tarian Naga di Puncak Menara (recipient of the Southeast Asian Writers’ Award 2012) by Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Assistant Professor Dr Haji Rozaiman bin Makmun; and Salmi Mesra’s Kumpulan Sajak Mata Hati II (2018) (recipient of the Southeast Asian Writers’ Award 2019) by the Southeast Asian Writers’ Award 2020 recipient Dr Haji Morsidi bin Haji Muhamad.

Bedah Karya project was aimed at developing literary activities in the Sultanate, appreciating the literary works; empowering Malay Language through literary activities; while providing understanding and appreciation of the development of the country’s literature.

It also strived to be a source of reference and guidance for students, literary enthusiasts and enrich knowledge in the field of literature.

Outcomes from the discussion were published in the Pangsura journal and the Journal of the Study and Research of Southeast Asian Literature to contribute to the development of local literature.

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