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Compiled by Lina Gapar

Spotlight on local handicrafts in Cheo Cheo Le Long Belait


DECEMBER 6, 2010 – One of the Belait District Office’s objectives in organising the Cheo Cheo Le Long Belait was to give the residents in the district a chance to showcase their villages’ products. The event being held at the former BSP housing area at the Jalan Maulana, Kuala Belait attracted more visitors during the weekend.

Among the attractions is an exhibition of local handicrafts by the residents of Kampong Mandaram Labi. They are showcasing items such as mat made from mengkuang leaves, basket and nyiru. They also have colourful items to attract the people to buy  the items.

Visitors get to witness the items being made by the residents of the village. The residents will also explain the purpose as well as the history of the items.

One of the villagers said the event gives the chances to expose the handicraft items to the locals where they are still used despite the changing times. She added that the festival not only attracts Bruneians but also foreigners. The stall owners are glad that the Belait District Office is providing a space for them to exhibit their items.

Village residents showcasing their talent in making handicrafts

Patriotic poetry recitation

Rokiah Mahmud

DECEMBER 3, 2010 The rhyming lines of poetry not only express one’s feeling but also enliven up one’s spirit and drive one to perform well. The patriotic poetry declamation shall be used as medium to implant the patriotic spirit in the youth. The youth were urged to use this competition as a platform to be active in association and community involvement. This will benefit and fill their leisure time with a useful activity rather than was wasting their time with an anti-social agenda.

This was stated by the guest of honour, Pengiran Haji Bahrom bin Pengiran Haji Bahar, during the patriotic poetry recitation contest.
He encouraged the youth to come forward to show their talents.

By encouraging the youth to live up patriotism spirit and making Islamic teachings as its platform, it is crucial to have highly-spirited youth to be good leaders and ready to sacrifice for religion and country.

The Islamic Da’wah Centre under the Administration Unit yesterday held the Patriotic Poet Declamation in conjunction with the 26th National Day of Brunei Darussalam.

Of 15 teams in the preliminary round, five were selected in the final round.

Champion representatives from Muda Hashim Secondary School. PHOTO: ROKIAH MAHMUD

The Ikramu Zihni team from Muda Hashim Secondary School won the poetry competition with the poem Tembok-Tembok Merdeka written by Kimanis. They won trophies and BND1,000.

The second place went to Sinar SMJA of Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School with their poem Wajah Patriot Sejati by Shaharah A Wahab. They won trophies and BND800.

Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Secondary School with their poem Merdeka by Yura Halim won third place, trophies and BND600 cash. The best patriotic poetry recitation was won by Dayangku Khairunnisa from RIPAS Secondary School.

Meanwhile, the judges commented that this year’s participants managed to understand the meaning of the poems they delivered.

However, not all delivered the interpretation of nationalism to the audience. Some deliveries were not very poetic and interesting.

The competition was open for secondary students and represented by mosque youth from Year 7 to Year 11.