MCYS to develop culture course for youth

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) is developing a module and short syllabus course on culture that will be offered to interested youths and school leavers.

This was announced yesterday by its Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah during the launching ceremony of the Festival of Culture at the atrium of the Airport Mall, Berakas.

The Ministry is working together with the Youth Development Centre, Museums Department, Language and Literature Bureau and the Brunei History Centre to develop the module and course.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Hazair said that it is necessary to develop, learn, train and develop the arts and culture through a structured and systematic approach “to preserve cultural and artistic heritage and to make them a sustainable legacy which can generate economic growth through the thriving creative industry sector”.

The Minister did not further elaborate on when and where the module and course will take place, but said that with such approach, the Ministry will achieve its vision in creating culture and arts activists who can connect and develop arts and cultural traditions of the nation.

“At the same time, they can contribute to the tourism industry and growth of the creative industry that is leaning towards culture and arts,” he added.

Themed ‘Customs Ethnic Malays in Brunei Darussalam’, the Festival is aimed to promote and preserve Brunei’s rich cultural heritage.

“I believe that the Festival will be able to develop rich cultural heritage of the state and prevent it from being forgotten,” the Minister said, adding that it would also help create a sense of appreciation from the community on the diversity of cultural customs of Malay ethnicities in the country.

The Minister went on to say that through the Festival, culture and customs can also be disseminated to the community and youths as well as instil a sense of belonging to the cultural heritage inherited.

“The customs and cultural heritage of our country consist of seven groups that are an invaluable treasure in Brunei. They also reflect the identity of the nation which has a high civilisation and identity of its own.

“We need to maintain the culture we inherited in order for it to be recognised internationally as an independent and sovereign nation as well as a nation that is respected and admired.

“Culture is not only seen as an expressive aspect but also as a symbolic culture that can be understood through the nation’s spirit that clings to the concept of Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) in the community and nation,” he added.

The Minister said that the nation’s ability to preserve and appreciate its cultural heritage will showcase the strength of the nation’s identity that is resilient and has strong morals.

He said that practices such as budaya makan tahun, memucang-mucang, bediandangan and _betamaruk, _are forgotten and no longer practiced by the community due to modernisation and globalisation.

Following the launching ceremony, a working paper titled ‘Adat Resam Tujuh Etnik di Negara Brunei Darussalam’ was presented by Associate Professor Ampuan Dr Hj Ibrahim Ampuan Hj Tengah from Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

This was then followed by a “Bicara Budaya” (cultural talk) session on PermainanAlai Bubu” from the Kedayan ethnic group.

The Minister then proceeded to round the booths displaying and selling traditional handicrafts, tools and food.

The four-day festival which will conclude on April 18 will have performances from each ethnic group, Bicara Budaya (cultural talk) as well as academic and ethnic panels.

The Brunei Times