Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd (BSP) yesterday handed over $8,000 in sponsorship to the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) at Balai Sarmayuda. On hand to present the sponsorship was BSP Foreign Affairs Advisor Hajah Masni binti Haji Munir to DBP Director Dr Mataim bin Haji Bakar. The contribution will be used for the prizes of Kreatif Bahana, an annual project organised by the bureau since its inception in 1995.
The committee for Kreatif Bahana has compiled some 47 short stories, 312 poetries and 16 traditional poetries (syair and pantun). All these creative items will be assessed by a panel and the winner will receive a cash prize and a plaque, sponsored by BSP. Among the objectives of the competition is to upgrade the quality of local literary work by local writers. Other contributions from BSP include a mobile library in Kuala Belait and a reference room at the Kampong Pandan library, in line with the company's goal to promote a reading culture and ICT among the youth.