Minister calls on scholars to contribute more towards local research
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
SCHOLARS need to be active in writing and contributing more local researches, particularly on the country’s development in all aspects of life, said the Minister of Education yesterday during the launching ceremony of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah’s (YSHHB) second academic publication.
Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Suyoi Hj Osman told The Brunei Times that the local studies will be able to assist current and future generations to understand the background of the country and also generate new ideas for national development.
He said that it’s important not only for students but also the public to know more about our history, the community of Brunei as well as achievements, success and challenges of the nation.
“We are trying to encourage local writers especially those who have background in history to do research for future usage and references,” he said, adding that currently Brunei have limited researches or researchers and the need to have more interested people in this field are essential.
“We like to encourage more studies to be done on Brunei society and on Bruneians themselves, because we always refer to our past, what happened before to guide us in the present and our future,” said the education minister, who is also the Chairperson of the Yayasan Board of Directors.
He said that whenever there is a need to develop writing and research in the sultanate, InsyaAllah Yayasan will be there to support the local writers or publication in the interest of Brunei’s development.
When asked about the role of youth in this kind of research, the minister said it is hoped that youth (if they can) write their own experiences and perspectives for the public to read and understand.
He said that the chosen topic is not necessarily focusing on historical but also include all topics and issues that can be discussed.
“But again, for those people who have experiences in this area (history and Brunei societies) are more encouraged to participate in this research and as parts of their legacies,” he said.
“With more local publication in the sultanate, hopefully it can serve as inspirations for writers to improve themselves and be more driven in sending their articles for them to be published, anywhere.
“Be it higher institutions, universities or history centres.”
The Brunei Times