Minister launches Language Month 2019

|     Syazwani Hj Rosli     |

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, presided over the launching of Language Month 2019 at the multi-purpose hall of the Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Secondary School (SM PAP Hajah Masna) in Kampong Sungai Akar yesterday.

The chosen theme Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Kita is hoped to instil a sense of community spirit among Bruneians with regard to the recognition and ownership of the Malay language.

The ceremony began with the singing of the national anthem, followed by a poetry recital by Mohd Zafri Ariff bin Mohd Zain Ariff.

After the launching ceremony, the minister also launched two books published by the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP): Gagasan Ketatanegaraan dalam Syair Al-Marhum Suktan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien, an outcome research by Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Haji Yahya bin Haji Ibrahim; and a mini Onomatopeia, an outcome research conducted by the Language Development and Propagation Section of DBP.

The event continued with the taking of the Language Pledge (Ikrar Bahasa) by students of SM PAP Hajah Masna, the reading of a fragment from a short story by Aida Fauzana Ariffin binti Bungsu, and a poetry recital by the Penambang Syair group from the Berakas Secondary School.

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 Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Haji Yahya bin Haji Ibrahim during the book launch. – SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI

The event also saw the presentation of appreciation certificates, gifts and prizes to winners of various competitions, and students who excelled in Malay Language and Malay Literature in their GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels.

The event concluded with a Mukun performance by Abdul Qawi bin Irwan Rino and Abdul Quddus bin Irwan Rino.

The minister also toured an exhibition and book fair involving participants from DBP, local schools, private agencies such as the DBP Marketing Unit, Brunei History Centre and Fitness Zone.

Author Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Community) at the MCYS Saidah binti Haji Wahid/Burut, were also present.