‘Let Brunei’s history, philosophy be known’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MORE needs to be done in terms of producing research and journals on Brunei’s history so that it can be known to Bruneians and the future generation as well as to those from other countries.
Dr Hj Muhd Hadi Melayong, deputy honorary secretary of the Brunei History Association (PESEBAR), said this during a media conference for the essay writing competition organised by Brunei History Society recently.
He noted that it is important to raise awareness on Brunei culture and to avoid it from being misunderstood or misinterpreted.
“This includes misinterpretation of the Bruneian way of life based on its values as well as incorrect historical facts such as the arrival of Islam in Brunei and daily practices which have been misunderstood including that of Syariah Law in Brunei,” he said.
He added: “This is the reason why the late Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien stressed to PESEBAR members during its first meeting in May 1984 to increase their writings so that (it can reach out to many readers both in the country and abroad).”
Dr Hj Muhd Hadi stressed that this can help negate all the misconception about Brunei, especially in the eyes of foreign media.
The problem, he said, is not only that they do not understand, but some may even deliberately try not to understand.
“Our way of life, based on the Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) is a philosophy that is commonly misunderstood,” he said.
Dr Hj Muhd Hadi cited a recent titah by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzadin Waddaulah, The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, in which His Majesty said that MIB must not be kept hidden but must be shared especially with those from overseas.
“It is therefore our responsibility to spread the history of our country which is also our identity so that it can be preserved and inherited by our future generation and become an important basis for harmony and unity in our multi-racial society,” he added.
Dr Hj Muhd Hadi also noted that the MIB philosophy has been around for a long time and has been proven to be accepted by the different races, cultures and religions in the sultanate.
“It has become a basis for our way of life which has led to peace and prosperity, harmony and political stability in our country.”
The Brunei Times