Tunjukkan catatan dari November, 2008

'Ya' Saya Masih Menulis...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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…