Malay writing contest winners honoured

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Language and Literature Bureau yesterday awarded the winners of its Malay writing contest.

Nazrul Hj Besar won the first place for the short story category while Syahwal Nizam Hj Yani took the top prize for the literary critique category.

The Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awang Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof, who graced the first-ever Authors’ Appreciation Night as the guest of honour, presented the prize to the winners.

Nazrul ‘s winning entry is entitled Tuah… Tapi Siapa Untung. The second place for the short story category went to Hj Romzi Hj Hidup (Pecat) and the third place to Dayang Siti Radiah Hj Ahim (Anugerah Illahi Buatku).

For the literary critique category, Syahwal’s _Kepekatan Diksi Melayu Brunei Cerminan Kearifan Lokal Penyair Yahya MS bagged the first prize,followed byAk Mohd Noorsham @ Hidie Pg Hidup’s Gangguan Jiwa Watak Utama Novel Dari Hari Ke Hari: Penelitian Sudut Psikologi Sastera and Norhairunissa Radhiah Hj Bini’s Cerpen-Cerpen Terpilih Dalam Kumpulan Cerpen Pulau Terendak: Pedekatan Moral._

The winners received cash prizes and plaques of appreciation. Their works will be published by the Language and Literature Bureau.

In his speech yesterday, the minister said that local authors must have ideas that support the development of the nation.

He went on to say that their works should create a society that is polite, positive and always appreciative with one another.

The minister also urged authors to continue improving their skills to become prolific writers.

He also said that authors should work closely with the Language and Literature Bureau and established groups such as the Brunei Darussalam Association of writers (Asterawani) and Brunei Arts Enthusiasts Association (PeSTAB).

This will help put Brunei’s literature in the regional and international maps, he said.

Last night’s event was, among others, aimed at empowering Malay as Brunei’s official language as well as to give appreciation to local authors.

The Brunei Times