Minister launches reading carnival

|      Lyna Mohamad      |

THE Empowering Reading Culture (KMBM) Carnival officially kicked off at the exhibition hall of the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) Public Library at the capital 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 officiated the launch.

The event began with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat followed by a brief reading session and welcoming remarks by DBP Acting Director Suip bin Haji Abdul Wahab.

“Reading is undeniably the starting point for scholars and philosophers of the Western and Eastern world,” Suip said. “This has obviously raised the dignity of books in high places in the history of human civilisation and the importance of the value of writing has made books one of the greatest creations in the history of human civilisation.”

Yesterday’s launch ceremony also saw the minister presenting prizes and certificates to active DBP members and the top three winners of the library’s Poster Drawing Competition.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin sounds the gong to launch the carnival. – LYNA MOHAMAD

The winners for the Poster Drawing Competition in Category ‘A’ were nine-year-old Tiong Ing Hoe who won first place, seven-year-old Noor Mohammad Rahmat Dini in second place, and 10-year-old Nurul Haziqah Syazwani binti Haji Mohammad who took third place.

In Category B, 14-year-old Nurul Hamziah Hannani binti Haji Mohammad won first place, followed by 12-year-old Noor Rahmatina Asa binti Salim and 13-year-old Chia Xuan Lei who came second and third respectively.

A stage comedy act performance by students of Mahad Islam Brunei, former winners of a group story-telling competition, added life to the event.

After this, the minister and other guests made a tour of the exhibition and activity booths at the DBP Public Library.

The launch of the KMBM Carnival (which will run until today) at the DBP Public Library in Bandar Seri Begawan partof a series of KMBM events the DBP Public Library is hosting throughout the country. The carnival is also being hosted by the DBP Tutong for the Tutong District from April 23 – 25; DBP Kampong Pandan for the Belait District on April 24; DBP Temburong for the Temburong District on April 24; and the DBP Seria today.

The carnival, one of the Language and Literature Bureau’s (DBP) annual events and held in conjunction with World Book Day, is aimed at instilling interest in reading among the country’s residents. Various activities such as exhibitions, workshops and talks, as well as literature related activities and pop-up sales are held at the libraries involved in the carnival.