A national approach at all levels is important in dignifying Malay culture and arts, said Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi bin Haji Mohamad during the launch of the Literature and Brunei Malay Cultural Arts Festival yesterday.
The minister said Malay cultural values have been largely impacted by globalisation and modernisation, with some customs increasingly eroded or becoming extinct.
“In the effort to raise Malay literature and culture, it is important for us to employ a national approach by involving the government, the private sector, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academic circle and families in dignifying Malay culture and fine arts, such as the Malay language, Jawi writing, poetry and traditional music,” said the minister.
“This cooperation is very much expected in raising our cultural arts and heritage together,” the minister added.
“This is based on awareness, understanding and love for the nation’s cultural heritage. In this regard, the family institution also plays a role in serving and passing down culture to the younger generation and ensure the heritage can be preserved and sustained.
“Family and educational institutions need to work hand-in-hand to emphasise and apply the traditional values centred on Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB),” said the minister.
This is to ensure that the basics do not lose their authenticity, he added.
Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Nazmi welcomed the Literature and Brunei Malay Cultural Arts Festival, noting it uplifts the Brunei Malay tradition, while not dismissing its evolution made by the current generation in its development of the country’s literary and artistic culture.
The Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) organised the festival to mark the Language Month 2022.
The festival aims to catalyse and drive awareness of upholding Malay cultural heritage and literature.
The festival features three projects: Poetry as national treasures; the Heritage Aspiration Gala; and Brunei traditional children songs.