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Pusat Da'wah Islamiah anjur peraduan penulisan seni kreatif berunsur Islam.

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Penulis di negara ini kini berpeluang menyertai Peraduan Penulisan Seni Kreatif Berunsur Islam anjuran Pusat Da'wah Islamiah sempena Sambutan Israk dan Mikraj. Peraduan dibahagikan kepada tiga kategori iaitu kategori menulis sajak, rencana dan cerita kanak-kanak bergambar.
Antara lain objektif peraduan itu ialah untuk melibatkan dan menggalakan masyarakat tempatan berdakwah melalui penulisan di samping mencungkil bakat baru dalam bidang penulisan berunsurkan Islam.
Selain itu ia adalah bagi memperingati dan memeriahkan sambutan hari kebesaran Islam, Israk dan Mikraj bagi tahun 2008 serta memperbanyakkan koleksi untuk dijadikan bahan terbitan dalam pelbagai bidang penulisan yang berunsurkan dakwah.
Sehubungan itu, borang dan keterangan lanjut mengenai peraduan itu boleh diperolehi dan dikembalikan di Urus Setia Peraduan Penulisan Seni Kreatif Berunsur Islam Pusat Da'awah Islamiah atau Unit Da'wah di setiap daerah dan borang berserta hasil karya hendaklah dihantar tidak lewa…

Nostalgia.

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Saya harus berterima kasih kepada Ahli-Ahli Jawatankuasa Mata Pelajaran dan Buku-Buku Teks Kesusasteraan Melayu, Jabatan Perkembangan Kurikulum, Kementerian Pendidikan kerana turut memuatkan sajak saya yang berjudul ‘Nostalgia’ ke dalam Antologi Sajak Cermin Diri (Teks Pelajar Kesusasteraan Melayu) yang telah mula dicetak dan terbit sejak tahun 2000 yang lalu. Memang bukan mudah untuk seseorang penulis mengetengahkan karya mereka ke dalam sebuah buku teks yang akan digunakan sebagai bahan pengajaran dan pembelajaran di sekolah-sekolah menengah khususnya Menengah 4 dan 5.

Saya memang banyak menulis, khususnya dalam bidang puisi dan cerpen, tetapi tidaklah sebaik mana dengan ‘Nostalgia’. ‘Nostalgia’ sebetulnya adalah hasil dari daya ingatan atau kenangan yang terbentuk dari masa silam yang tidak dapat saya lupakan sehingga kini. Sebenarnya sajak tersebut adalah salah satu sajak yang telah membawa kemenangan kepada saya bagi kategori puisi di majlis Hadiah Kreatif Bahana Brunei Shell - De…

Undangan Penyertaan Dalam Projek Penyelidikan Budaya Puak Bisaya Brunei.

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Sebagai sebuah kumpulan etnik yang agak kecil di negara ini, puak Bisaya adalah merupakan salah satu diantara tujuh Puak Jati yang mendapat pengiktirafan di dalam Perlembagaan Negeri Brunei 1959.

Memandangkan budaya tradisi masyarakat ini telah menghadapi berbagai perubahan dan hampir dilupakan akibat dari kemajuan hidup yang kita alami pada masa kini, terutama dari aspek sosio-budaya, ekonomi, kepercayaan dan amalannya maka saya mengundang para penulis, pencinta budaya, penyelidik dan mereka yang berminat untuk menyertai projek penyelidikan ini dan seterusnya menghantar hasil penyelidikan mereka yang berupa rencana, artikel atau essei yang nanti akan diterbitkan ke dalam sebuah buku bersama yang berjudul ‘Mengenali Budaya Brunei: Puak Bisaya”.

Hasil tulisan sebaik-baiknya hendaklah dikukuhkan serta didokong dengan pengalaman peribadi penulis atau penyelidik mengenai topik yang dibincangkan. Bagi mereka yang berminat dan untuk mendapatkan keterangan lanjut bolehlah menghantar email kepa…

'Ya' Saya Masih Menulis...

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Sudah lama juga saya tidak menghantar karya saya ke penerbitan. Teman-teman saya, jika kebetulan berjumpa, memang selalu bertanya sama ada saya masih menulis atau pun tidak. Saya jawab ‘ya’ saya masih menulis, terutama dalam genre puisi. Cuma beberapa judul puisi yang saya tulis itu masih saya simpan dan belum bersedia untuk menerbitkannya. Dulu saya memang gemar menghantar karya-karya saya sebaik sahaja siap saya tulis ke penerbitan. Saya berbuat begitu kerana berasa seronok melihat karya saya terbit dalam media cetak, sekaligus menerima royalty yang berupa wang ringgit. Waktu itu saya masih tidak mempunyai sebarang jawatan tetap, maka saya lebih banyak menulis dan menulis. Bermula dari majalah-majalah yang diterbitkan oleh Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Brunei, karya saya juga turut terbit di akhbar rasmi kerajaan Pelita Brunei dan Media Permata terbitan Brunei Press Sendirian Berhad. Saya memang tidak mahu berfikir banyak mengenai karya-karya saya itu. Apatah lagi selama beberapa tahun …

Competition Way to Expand Malay Language Usage.

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THE Language and Literature will be organising more competitions for youths in its efforts to expand the use of the Malay language as the official language of the country as stated in Brunei Constitution of 1959.

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony for the Mekar-Juara Essay Contest 2008, Dr Mataim Bakar, director of Language and Literature Bureau said the competition was one of the activities carried out by the bureau in its effort to realise the country's aspiration to preserve language sovereignty and disseminate its use by encouraging youths to write articles in Malay. 

He said that youths are the main target of of the competition because hopefully they will continue to use the Malay language and proud of it.

The contest, he added, is also to further enhance the youths proficiency in Malay so that it remains to be the language spoken at home and a "family" language. In doing so, he added, Bruneian will still feel they are living in this country and not in the Wes…

Winners of Writing Contest Rewarded.

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DATO Marsal Primary School and Chung Ching Primary School Seria emerged as the best participating schools in the Mekar-Juara Essay Writing Contest 2008 organised by the Brunei's Language and Literature Bureau

Syasya Nursyahirah Shamsul Badri from Dato Marsal Primary School with her essay titled Pengalaman ke Pulau Pelompong emerged as the winner of category "A", for primary school, while Michelle Lau Shu Qing from Chung Ching Secondary School with her essay titled Usaha ke Arah Memupuk Budaya Membaca di Kalangan Pelajar emerged as the winner of the category "B", for secondary school.

Both winners won a cash prize of $300 each and a Mekar-Juara volume during a prize awarding ceremony yesterday at Balai Sarmayuda, Language and Literature Bureau.

On hand to present the prizes and certificates was Dr Mataim Bakar, Director of Language and Literature Bureau.

Some 447 essays were received from 44 primary schools and about 203 essays from 21 lower secondary schools , but …

Local Academic Attends Int'l Malay Language Conference.

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A local academic in the Malay language and linguistics will be delivering his views on multilingual as one way to empower the regional lingua franca at the Conference of International Malay Language to be held at the Hotel Holiday Villa, Subang, Kuala Lumpur from tomorrow until November 20. Dr Yabit bin Alas, Head of Malay Language and Linguistics Department, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), will deliver his working paper entitled "Multilingual Empowers the Malay Language".Dr Yabit will also answer enquiries on his paper as well as explain the subject in detail, which will be posed by conference participants.A total of 20 working papers will be up for scrutiny at the three-day conference, 10 by language experts in Malaysia and the rest from foreign nations.Organised by the Institute of Malaysian Malay Language Teachers in Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur, the conference will analyse ways to further improve the language in areas of semantic, m…

UBD Undergrad Scores a First with Poems Published.

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UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) student Ali Termizzi Hj Ramlli made history by becoming the first Bruneian undergraduate to publish his poetry anthology during his studies.

Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday, this fourth year student taking Bachelor of Arts in Education was informed of this by his lecturers at UBD.

The book which was officially launched by UBD former Vice-Chancellor Dato Paduka Dr Hj Ismail Hj Duraman in conjunction with UBD "Info Day" April this year.

The event was celebrated at a blessing and thanksgiving ceremony held at Ali Termizzi's residence last night.

The ceremony, he said was actually held to launch and to introduce his anthology Sajak "Inilah Aku" to Kg Mulaut residents after it was launched at UBD recently.

At present his book is available at 10 foreign universities in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and UBD and at 35 local bookstores in the country.

"This is some of the best work that I have produced since my active participatio…

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Asterawani, DBP officers at Labuan literature gathering.

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Thirty-three members of Brunei Darussalam Literary Writers Association (Asterawani) and two officers from Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports attended a three-day literature gathering in Labuan, aimed at seeking a platform for greater and wider cooperation. Entitled "Dialog Teluk", the event was also attended by literature activists from Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan and Kuala Limpur.On hand to officiate the opening of the gathering yesterday was Member of Parliament for Labuan Datuk Haji Yusuf Haji Mahal.Ten working papers were presented by literary writers of Asterawani, Labuan, Limbang, Sabah, Miri and the Union of National Writers of Malaysia (Gapena) of Kuala Lumpur, including a keynote address by Professor Dr Datuk Zainal Kling.Brunei presenters were Asterawani Secretary and head of delegation Haji Jawawi Haji Ahmad and Asterawani committee member Mohd Zefri Ariff.Haji Jawawi, a prolific poet who was also a recipient of SEA Write Award …

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Local literary figures at poetry festival in Miri.

Two local poets are currently participating in a poetry festival at Niah National Park in Miri an the effort to create awareness on the richness of the natural beauty, flora and fauna and the need to safeguard them for future generation.
Organised by the Department of National Heritage, Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage in Malaysia; Miri Resident Office and Sarawak Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism from Nov 8 to 11. The two Bruneians - Nurfik and ZAB - have joined other international poets such as Supardi of Indonesia, Naowarat Phongphaibun of Thailand, Djamal Tukimin of Singapore, V I Braginskiy of Russia and Cai Jiwcheng of China.The event also features Malaysia's established poets such as national laureates A Samad Said and Muhammad Haji Salleh, Dr Siti Zainon, Dr Lim Swee Tin and Rajeswari as well as Putera, Abizai, Poul Nanggang and Jaya Rimba from Sarawak.The former curator of Sarawak Museum, Lord Cranbrook, who wrote many books on Southeast Asia wildlife …

Literature buffs attend meet in Labuan.

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Literary writers from Brunei Darussalam, Sabah, and Sarawak will join their counterparts in Labuan for a two-day gathering entitled "Dialog Teluk" from November 14 to 16, in an effort to seek a common platform for greater and wider cooperation in literature.
Two officers from the Language and Literature Bureau, Suip Hj Wahab and Mohd Ardy, will be attending the event as official representatives of the agency.The Literary Writers Association of Brunei Darussalam (Asterawani) will be represented by about 25 members, led by the club's secretary Hj Jawawi Hj Ahmad.Two members of Asterawani, Hj Jawawi Hj Ahmad and Mohd Zefri Ariff, will deliver their working papers at the gathering.The venue for the gathering will be Sara Hotel at Jalan Dewan, in the city centre, which will also be the official hotel for the dialogue participants.A performance stage at the open-air food stalls near Sara Hotel will be used for activities in the evening such as poetry recitals and theatre perfor…

Penulis Bukan Islam Tidak Fahami Agama.

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Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien hari ini diiktiraf secara rasmi sebagai Tokoh Sasterawan Islam Brunei manakala Al-Marhum Pengiran Shahbandar Mohd Salleh Pengiran Sharmayuda sebagai Pelopor Kesusasteraan Moden Brunei.
Perisytiharan itu dibuat dengan titah perkenan Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan dan Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Titah perkenan berkenaan itu disabdakan oleh Menteri Kanan di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah hari ini pada Majlis Anugerah Kesusasteraan Islam Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (YSHHB).
Pengiran Muda Mahkota turut mensabdakan rasa kesalnya kerana berlaku percanggahan antara Islam dan bukan Islam apabila Islam dikaitkan dengan unsur-unsur kurang sihat. "Terdapat penulisan oleh karyawan Barat yang mengatakan keadaan itu berpunca daripa…

Award fitting tribute to Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien.

The seventh son of 10 siblings of Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien possessed significant literary talent. Al-Marhum produced several 'Syair' or poems on religion, education, ethics, humanity and customs of Brunei Darussalam.
At a young age of 10, Al-Marhum had already started to learn to recite the al-Quran and his knowledge on Islam was further increased when he continued his studies in Islamic laws, which shaped his way of thinking.
Al-Marhum's eminence was evident when he was appointed as Duli Pengiran Bendahara, Brunei's first Wazir in 1974, and his appointment also made him a member of the Legislative Council.
Through the Legislative Council meetings, Al-Marhum was able to improve the quality of life and to uplift 'syairs' or poems and Islamic teachings.
In 1947, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien was appointed as Mohammaden Religious Adviser, which dealt mostly wi…

Al-Marhum Pg Shahbandar 'Pioneer of Brunei's Modern Literature'.

Modern literature in Brunei Darussalam was said to have begun when Al-Marhum Pengiran Shahbandar Muhammad Salleh wrote the 'Syair Rakis' in 1846.
Al-Marhum Pengiran Shahbandar Muhammad Salleh was an educated royal family member who lived between the 18th and 19th century.
He received his early education at Betawi (Jakarta). He was sent by his father, with the help of the Dutch Governor in Betawi. Al-Marhum Pengiran Shahbandar Muhammad Salleh was also well known as an intellectual and he attracted the attention of people.
Al-Marhum Pengiran Shahbandar Muhammad Salleh, who was also known as Pengiran Indera Mahkota, became Governor of Sarawak in 1824. His talent amazed James Brooke when James arrived in Sarawak on August 1,1839.
Al-Marhum Pengiran Shahbandar Muhammad Salleh was described by James Brooke as "young, lively, intelligent and frank". His resistance along with other men against James Brooke's attempts to persuade Sultan Muda Hashim to fulfil certain propo…

'Writers shape values and morals of a society'.

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WRITING plays a crucial role in developing the country in which the author has a responsibility in shaping the values and morals of a society, said Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Hj Abu Bakar Hj Apong, chairman of the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation (Yayasan) board of directors yesterday.

"(This is) especially in Islamic literature which has high qualities of aesthetics and morality," said Pehin Dato Hj Abu Bakar during his speech at the inaugural Islamic Literature Awards held at the International Convention Centre.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, was present as the guest of honour at yesterday's award ceremony. Also present to accompany the Crown Prince was His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik.
Aside from being historians, literary writers also document history, the socio-politics of a country and the day-to-day life of the community, which is evident si…

YSHHB Islamic Literature Award for best writers.

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The Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Foundation (YSHHB) will for the first time be holding an 'Award in Islamic Literature' ceremony to honour writers who have produced high quality work. This is in view of the development of literature writing - particularly Islamic literature - which has undoubtedly won the hearts of the community here.

His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office is expected to grace the upcoming award ceremony. Prior to the award ceremony, HRH will deliver a sabda announcing the recipients of the 'Tokoh Sasterawan Islam Brunei' and 'Pelopor Kesusasteraan Moden Brunei.' The award ceremony will be held once every three years, with the first one scheduled to be held on November 5 at the International Convention Centre.
YSHHB Managing Director Dato Paduka Hj Ali Hashim Hj Mohd Daud and Language and Literature Bureau Director Dr Mataim Hj Bakar disclosed this yesterday duri…

Multi-Cultural Society in Thailand.

By Ms. Kulwadee Charoensri
[Director of Cultural Promotion Fund Division, Office of the National Culture Commission, Bangkok, Thailand. Mobile: 66+8+16653060. Email: thaidignity@yahoo.com]

Thailand: Land of Cultural Diversity.

Cultural diversity is the heritage of mankind that every nation hopes to preserve, transmit, and modify their culture. Thailand is located in the territory of tropical zone where there are abundant ecological resources, namely, mountainous and lowland areas in the mainland, coastal terrain, and islands. These ecological differences enhance ethnic diversity in all regions of the country. There are, at present, more than sixty language groups being used throughout the country. Ethnic diversity in Thailand can be observed in the differences not only in languages, but also in lifestyles, traditional costumes, religious practices, and Cosmo vision. Therefore, Thais and other people of different ethnic origins are familiar with this cultural diversity. In addition, Buddh…

Thanksgiving for Deputy Minister of Education after SEAWrite Award win

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The recipient of the SEAWrite Award 2008 called for quality literature works of previous winners to be translated into Arabic and English for wider readership, as well as devising workable strategies to market the Sultanate's literary products to other Malay-speaking nations in the region.
Deputy Minister of Education Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abd Rahman also called for the region's literature works to be made available here, as the country has not many quality writings that can help nourish interests in literature."Without easy access to regional literature, we are not able to gauge our standards. It is also hoped that locally published books will be given promotion, so that the population, especially the new generation, is aware of any new publications," he said at a thanksgiving ceremony dedicated to him last Saturday night.The event held at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong was attended by Legislative Council member Pg Setia Negara Pg (Dr) Hj …

Peraduan menulis puisi Islam dibuka.

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Berita baik buat para penulis puisi Islam tempatan, terutama generasi muda kerana Peraduan Menulis Puisi Islam sempena sambutan memperingati Jubli Emas Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien yang jatuh pada 26 September, dibuka penyertaannya bermula hari ini.
Sehubungan dengan itu penguasa masjid, Haris Haji Suboh mengalu-alukan penyertaan orang ramai yang berumur 18 tahun ke atas bagi menghantar karya mereka dalam sama-sama memeriahkan lagi detik bersejarah yang telah dicapai oleh masjid berkenaan.
Namun beliau mengingatkan kepada para penulis supaya jangan lari daripada tema yang telah ditetapkan Masjid Omar 'Ali Saifuddien sama ada mengenai peranan, sejarah atau apa saja perkara yang berkaitan dengan masjid berkenaan.
Beliau berkata peserta boleh menghantar sehingga dua buah karya mereka yang tidak dihadkan panjangnya tetapi hendaklah bersesuaian dengan ciri-ciri sebuah puisi yang sempurna.
Bagaimanapun karya yang dihantar hendaklah hasil ciptaan sendiri iaitu karya yang belum pernah …

Deputy Education Minister wins regional writers award

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BRUNEI'S Deputy Minister of Education, Pg Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohammad Pg Hj Abdul Rahman has put the Sultanate on the literature map by being the winner of the 2008 Southeast Asian Writers (SEA Write) Award.

The deputy minister, as the Bruneian representative, was granted this year's prestigious award, which is given to regional writers by Thailand, for his fourth anthology of poems entitled, "Rinduku" (My Yearning).
Pg Dato Dr Hj Mohammad is the 23rd recipient to receive the award since Brunei first joined in 1985, a year after its independence.The event took place in Bangkok where the deputy minister was handed the award by Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Pg Dato Dr Hj Mohammad hoped that it will create a benchmark for other local writers to be more motivated in submitting their work. Inspired from experience and the love of writing, the deputy minister said that young writers who want to pursue this art should take it seriously, be it in different genres su…

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri…

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Saya mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua penulis yang beragama Islam di Negara Brunei Darussalam, serta pembaca laman weblog puasha.blogspot.com. Saya berharap di hari mulia ini kita akan dapat bersama-sama meraikannya dengan rasa penuh bersyukur dan menikmati suasana yang meriah ini dengan semangat perpaduan dan saling hormat menghormati, terutama bagi kalangan penulis kita yang mungkin sahaja mempunyai masa yang begitu terhad untuk saling kunjung mengunjungi di antara satu sama lain.

Di majlis Anugerah Sastera Mastera kali Ketiga yang diadakan pada 21hb. September yang lalu, saya berasa sangat berbesar hati kerana telah berpeluang menghadiri majlis yang berprestij tersebut. Di majlis ini, saya bukan sahaja telah diberikan kesempatan untuk saling berkenal-kenalan dengan penulis yang lain, malahan telah memberikan satu dorongan kepada saya untuk terus berkarya dengan suatu pemikiran yang lebih matang, serta dengan suatu sikap yang lebih terbuka.

Ketika duduk di samping…

Tiga tokoh sasterawan terima anugerah MASTERA.

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Profesor Madya Dr Haji Hashim Haji Abdul Hamid dari Brunei Darussalam, Willibordus Surendra Bhawana Rendra dari Indonesia dan Dato' Dr Hajah Siti Hawa Haji Salleh adalah para penerima Anugerah Sastera Sidang Majlis Sastera Asia Tenggara (MASTERA) Kali Ke-3, 2008 pada petang hari Ahad kelmarin. Anugerah berprestij yang dianugerahkan kepada tiga orang tokoh sastera atau penulis genre sastera iaitu seorang dari setiap negara Pendiri MASTERA itu telah disampaikan oleh Setiausaha Tetap Kementerian Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan, Dato Paduka Haji Jemat Haji Ampal di dalam satu majlis yang diadakan di salah sebuah hotel terkemuka di Gadong.
Tujuan anugerah berpotensi itu diwujudkan adalah sebagai penghargaan, penghormatan dan pengiktirafan kepada tokoh sastera atau penulis atau tokoh pejuang sastera yang menulis dalam bahasa Melayu dan bergiat aktif menurut Panel telah memberikan sumbangan cemerlang dalam perkembangan kesusasteraan Asia Tenggara melalui karya yang bermutu tinggi atau tokoh …

Mastera Aims To Elevate Status, Quality Of Malay Literature.

The 14th Conference of Literature Council of Southeast Asia (Mastera) held an adjournment and its final session yesterday morning at the Rizqun International Hotel in Gadong after a three-day deliberation to lift the Malay literature to a higher level and status.

Chaired by Dr Mataim bin Bakarr, the Director of Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) and the chairman of Mastera Brunei Darussalam, heads of missions from member nations of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Indonesia inked the resolutions at the final session. Delegates from Singapore attended the event as the observers.
The resolutions were meant to elevate the status and quality of Malay literature to world standard by carrying out various programmed and activities such as literature comparison lectures at member countries. The council also agreed for Mastera Indonesia to continue organizing literature writing programmed.
The next Mastera secretariat meeting will take place in March 2009 while the 15'h Conference of Mast…

Brunei Press: Teruskan Penerbitan Buku Sastera Melayu Tempatan.

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Sesekali kita harus berterima kasih kepada Brunei Press kerana telah turut melibatkan diri dalam penerbitan buku-buku yang berbentuk sastera pada akhir-akhir ini. Usaha seperti ini bukan saja memberi ruang kepada penulis tempatan kita untuk menerbitkan karya mereka, malah dengan sendirinya membuktikan bahawa betapa Sastera Melayu yang mekar berkembang di negeri ini telah pun mendapat tempat di hati sidang editor penerbitannya.

Terdahulu, iaitu pada sekitar tahun 1997 saya masih ingat telah pernah membawa naskhah novel remaja saya sendiri ke meja editor penerbitan Brunei Press, dengan satu harapan agar ianya dapat dipertimbangkan penerbitannya. Namun oleh kerana pihak penerbit ketika itu masih tidak mempunyai fasiliti penerbitan untuk genre ini, maka niat saya untuk melihat naskhah novel itu terbit di bawah lambang Brunei Press tidak kesampaian.

Dan akhirnya saya pun beralih arah dengan menghantar naskhah novel remaja tersebut ke Bahagian Penerbitan Buku di Jabatan Dewan Bahasa dan Pusta…

Mastera meeting to focus on promoting region's literature.

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THE 14th conference of the Southeast Asia Literature Council (Mastera) organised by the Language and Literature Bureau kicked off yesterday at the Rizqun International Hotel. The discussions during the three-day conference will be focused on the projects and five-year Mastera plan (2008-2012), particularly on joint publication projects, tradition on poem and novel writing and the development of writing among youths in the region.

Some 40 participants are attending the conference comprising secretaries and members of the Mastera committee from Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. Singapore has also sent two of its representatives as Mastera's observing member country. The conference is aimed at fostering close literary relationship, understanding and cooperation between the countries in an effort to develop and expand regional literary towards creating high calibre literary figures worldwide.
It also acts as a coordinating mechanism for programmes that are still in the implementation proc…

3rd Anugerah Sastera Mastera postponed to Sunday.

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The presentation of local literary award, the 3rd Anugerah Sastera Mastera has been postponed to Sunday, September 21, said Dayang Aminah Hj Momin, the Acting Director of Language Literature Bureau (DBP), Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

All guests who have received their invitations have been told to take note of the new date. She said due to technical problems, the event which was supposed to be held on Friday has to be moved to Sunday. However the itinerary, the venue and time remain unchanged, she added. The event will take place at the Rizqun International Hotel commencing at 3.45pm.
The guest of honour, Pehin Orang Kaya Setia Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Ahmad bin Haji Jumat, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports is expected deliver a speech and present prizes to award winners from Mastera member nations of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The event will also witness the delivery of speeches from chairpersons of Mastera Malaysia, Mastera Indonesia an…

Kempen pemasaran Lynn Brittney dikritik.

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LAMAN web Christine Kringle di alamat http://www.christinekringle.com/win-5000.html melancarkan kempen pemasaran yang kreatif dengan memberi peluang kepada pembaca buku kanak-kanak karya Lynn Brittney untuk memberi cadangan plot untuk siri terbarunya. Menariknya, pemenang bukan saja meraih hadiah lumayan AS$5,000, bahkan nama mereka akan tercatat pada kulit hadapan siri terbaru Christine Kringle, di bawah nama pengarangnya dan ilustrator, manakala cadangan plot pemenang kedua akan disimpan oleh penganjur untuk penerbitan siri berkenaan pada masa depan.
Syarat pertandingan itu ialah sinopsis plot ditulis tidak lebih daripada satu halaman dan berpusat pada watak utama dalam Buku 1, tetapi latar cerita tidak dihadkan kepada yang asal, sebaliknya mereka dibenarkan untuk mengembara bersama-sama watak baru. Pertandingan itu tidak terlepas daripada kritikan apabila penulis blog The Guardian Book, Alison Flood, mengkritik tindakan penganjur mensyaratkan peserta untuk mengepilkan bukti pembeli…

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