We must strive to produce best for country: State Mufti

|     Wani Roslan     |

A KESYUKURAN ceremony was yesterday held at the State Mufti’s Office in celebrating the awards received for the Best ASEAN Book Translation 2018 for The King Who Shapes History.

State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr) Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned and his spouse attended as the guests of honour.

The book, Raja Melakar Sejarah, was written by the State Mufti in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Accession to the Throne. It was published by the State Mufti’s Office at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The awards were announced at the ASEAN Book Awards 2018 organised by Yayasan Pembangunan Buku Negara Malaysia (YPBM) in conjunction with Malaysia National Book Awards 2018, held at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on April 30.

Acting Director of Administration of the State Mufti’s Office Haji Saiful Nizam bin Haji Sulaiman received the awards on behalf of the State Mufti’s Office.

State Mufti Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia (Dr)Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned delivers his speech. – PHOTOS: WANI ROSLAN
A section of the attendees at the ceremony

“Publication is one of the signifcant aspects in scientific writing as knowledge is unable to develop without publication. Therefore, countries that are developed are those who open their doors to the publication. Brunei Darussalam is no exception in this matter, as we have high potential to get the best position in the field of publishing,” the State Mufti said.

He noted that the State Mufti’s Office had received, twice, prestigious awards in 2014 for publishing Qanun Jenayah Syari’ah: Satu Pengenalan and The Shari’ah Penal Code: An Introduction, and the Raja Melakar Sejarah and The King Who Shapes History in 2018.

“We should be proud of the success for the country and for all of us. That is the right attitude… that the public, institutions or government agencies, whatever we do is for the country. We must strive to produce the best for the country,” the State Mufti said.

The ceremony included the presentation of the State Mufti’s Office’s published book to selected representatives.

The Doa Kesyukuran was led by Haji Martino @ Abul Azim bin Haji Ahmad, Buhuth Officer at the State Mufti’s Office.