UBD uses QR code app to promote royal court language

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UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday introduced the use of Quick Response Code (QR code) mobile app to better promote bahasa dalam or royal court language among youth.

With the use of technology, members of the public would be able to use the QR code to access information on the royal court language, which is used when conversing with royals and nobility.

Head of Malay Muslim Monarchy Supreme Council Dr Hj Md Hadi Md Melayong said the use of QR code would encourage students to familiarise themselves with royal court language.

He said the use of QR code is practical as it aids students’ learning process in this age of technology and helps preserve the use of bahasa dalam.

UBD’s Academy of Brunei Studies came up with the idea to use QR code to promote royal court language.

Halimatussa’adiah Rusdi, one of the Academy of Brunei Studies students involved in uploading content, said the mobile app is effective in sharing study questions among students.

“All you need to do is to install the QR code reading scanner from the app store; scan the code with your mobile phone camera and you will get the information in a second,” she said.

“It has more data and is smaller in size compared to the barcode,” Halimatussa’adiah added.

General Secretary of UBD Student Representative Council NurLiyana Izzati Rosli said the academy plans to provide an English version of the royal court language for non-Malays to learn.

UBD Student Representative Council President Md Qusyairi Md Zaki said many Bruneian students would not have any issues using the mobile app as they receive government allowances.

“In the case of students who used their allowance to help their family, they can visit our library to access the Internet as an alternative,” he said.

Md Qusyairi was confident that the use of QR code would benefit Bruneians, especially those who are studying overseas.

“Some overseas students do not know how to address themselves when conversing with royals and nobility, especially when His Majesty paid a visit to London. Hopefully, this QR code initiative would help students appreciate royal court language,” he added.

However, First-Year Mechanical Engineering student from Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB), Md Shafi’ei Ferry Alfian, said the use of QR code would only be beneficial to those who have Internet access.

“From my point of view, I think the use of the mobile app is a one-way street. It is only applicable to those who have mobile phones and Internet. Access to information is limited,” he said.

The Brunei Times