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23 november 2011 09:22
Poems Play Role in Nation-Building
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam - His Royal Highness Prince 'Abdul Malik said in this globalisation world, poems can still play a role in nation-building especially in shaping the people who possess decent values. However, its media coverage should be adapted to the form likened and preferred by teenagers so that it can easily and effectively be spread.
His Royal Highness said this at the Brunei Constitution Poetry Recital Competition for Six Form Centres and secondary schools as well as colleges yesterday at the Jerudong Polo and Country Club.
His Royal Highness said a community which does not love the nation, people and culture is a weak society but the success of a nation does not solely depend on the strength of the economy and its development but on the national spirit of the people that never fades in upholding the values and prestige whilst enhancing peace and stability and survival of the nation.
His Royal Highness hoped that this competition would not only provide opportunities to showcase talents and expose participants but also create awareness and instil a sense of love towards Malay culture and heritage in the heart of the students.
Poetry is made popular since the 17th Century and has become a channel for knowledge, literature, philosophy, culture, sociology, physchology and history.
"Poetry reflects thinking and the height of civilisation of the author such as the Brunei Constitution poem by my late grandfather, Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien and 'Rakis' poem by Pengiran Shahbandar Muhammad Salleh.
"In this context, my late grandfather in many of his poems had outlined words of advice and thoughts not only to his family but also to his subjects to be decent and noble people," His Royal Highness said.
His Royal Highness also highlighted that reciting poems could assist in upholding the Malay language with concerns raised on its usage considered still weak and diminishing.
"Recently, my father called on us to empower ourselves , with Malay Language besides realising the need for foreign language to be learned. My father urged all ministries, departments and private sectors to implement proactive action to continue Malay Language in the nation's service segment.
"The people should wholly support and uphold the 'titah' made by my father to use Malay Language in any of their tasks. We will continue to be respected as Bruneians as long as we use the Malay Language," His Royal Highness said.
The Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Awg Abu Bakar bin Hj Apong cum chairman of the competition said the Ministry of Education and Academy of Brunei Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam will continue to widen poetry activities for Bruneians especially schools and institutes of higher learning.
This poetry activity will be continued and enlivened during major events.
It is hoped that through this activity, it would juxtapose the work of the late Al-Marhum as Brunei's Islamic literary figure and catalyse the interest of students to understand and embrace thoughts, views and advice found in the late Al-Marhum's works.
Three students from the Six Form Centre category and another three from secondary school and colleges category competed in the finals. This year, the response has been overwhelming as 40 students from the private sectors also took part.
The participants presented poems found in the constitution poetry book by the late Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa' adul Khairi Waddien, who was also renowned as an Islamic literary figure.
Six sets of poems were presented by six participants, which described the nation's history towards the signing of Brunei Constitution on Sept 29, 1959, some 52 years ago.
The competition was organised by the Malay Islamic Monarchy Executive Committee and coordinated by the Co-Curriculum Education Department at the Ministry of Education and Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
In the Sixth Form Centres category, the winner was Hjh Nurul Mahfuzah bte Hj Hassan from PadukaSeriBegawanSultanScienceCollege. She won a $1,000 cash prize, challenge trophy contributed by Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah, a poetry book depicting Brunei Constitution and a certificate of participation.
The second place went to Razali bin Hj Aji from the Six Form Centre, Meragang who walked away with $800 cash prize, atrophy, Brunei Constitution book and a certificate while Nur Qamariah bte Morni from HassanalBolkiahBoysArabicSecondary School came third and received a $600 cash prize, a trophy, Brunei Constitution book and a certificate.
In the Secondary School and College Category, Siti Nadhirah bte Mustapah from BerakasSecondary School won first place and a $1,000 cash prize, challenge trophy contributed by Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah, a poetry book depicting Brunei Constitution and a certificate of participation.
Nurul Amal Na' matul Yaani bte Hj Mahmud from STPRI came second and walked away with $800 cash prize, a trophy, Brunei Constitution book and a certificate while Ak Khairuddin bin Pg Kamaruddin from Rimba Secondary School came third and received a $600 cash prize, a trophy, Brunei Constitution book and a certificate.