Bandar Seri Begawan, 6 April 2013 - THE call to raise awareness upon students as well as the general public on the importance of literature was lauded by Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports during the launch of Literature Festival 2013.
Haji Mohd Rozan highlighted the role of the festival in raising awareness; establishing knowledgeable, informative, visionary, high integrity, competitive and creative Brunei community to improve the religion and country.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos speaks at the Literature Festival 2013. – SYAZWANI HJ ROSLI
The involvement of the undergraduates in the festival, according to Haji Mohd Rozan, denotes part of their educational training, exposure and experience from everything they learnt in class. He believes that their efforts in organising the festival is relevant because literature is the treasure of civilisation and is an indication of the values of the nation.
“Literature has always been involved with human issues and conveys various messages and themes from the social, political, cultural and philosophical aspects.”
At the same time, he also emphasised that not only can literature be a treasure for the future generations, but it can also help guide students and the general public in empowering the heritage of the Malays in the context of the Malay Islamic Monarchy philosophy.
“Empowering the Brunei Malay literature culture is part of the policy of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to enhance and develop the creative arts industry that aims to assist literature activists in utilising their creativity to generate income.”
Haji Mohd Rozan also hoped that the festival organised by the undergraduates will help to expand the horizon of local literature products as well as preserve the values of the literary tradition.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin --