MASTERA aims to attract more members

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THE Southeast Asia Literacy Council (MASTERA) will continue to strive in pulling other Southeast Asian countries to join as members.

“This should be done if we want the Malay language through the use of literature, to become a major language that was once lingua franca status more than 600 years ago,” said Director of the Language and Literature Bureau, Hjh Aminah Hj Momin, who is also the chairperson of MASTERA Brunei.

Speaking during the first day of the 20th MASTERA conference at Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong, yesterday, Hjh Aminah also hoped that the proceedings of the meeting will be implemented according to schedule.

“We will be discussing activities and projects that will be underway, particularly in the areas of research, analysis, restructuring, upgrading, and translation and publishing.”

The conference also serves as a platform for discussions of issues faced by members of MASTERA.

Hjh Aminah also took the opportunity to congratulate the winners of the MASTERA Literary Award who received $10,000 in cash prize and a piece of traditional Jong Sarat cloth, among others.

This year’s recipient from Brunei was Pg Setia Negara Pg (Dr) Hj Mohd Yusof Pg Hj Abd Rahim (Yura Halim), Bapak Professor Dr Sapardi Djoko Damono from Indonesia, Sasterawan Negara (SN) Professor Emeritus Dr Muhammad Hj Salleh from Malaysia and Suratman Markasan from Singapore.

The conference end on September 21.

The Brunei Times