DBP launches 43 new books

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THE Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) yesterday launched 43 new books, while the Brunei History Centre published seven new titles this year.

The books were launched on the sidelines of the Brunei Book Fair and Empowering Reading Culture Carnival 2016 at the Multi-purpose hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex.

In a press release, the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) said it also launched two compilation books published in collaboration with Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) during the Brunei Book Fair.

The two books are titled Pembiayaan dan Pembangunan Wakaf dalam Melestarikan Ekonomi Ummah: Cabaran dan Prospek Masa Hadapan and Sumbangan dan Cabaran Ahli Sunnah Waljamaah Di Alam Melayu.

In her speech, Acting Director of Language and Literature Bureau Hjh Nortijah Hj Mohd Hassan said the annual book fair plays an important role in the strengthening of nation-building as it develops human resources who read and are knowledgeable.

She said love for books and consistent reading can foster, encourage and motivate a culture of critical thinking among the younger generation, leading to the development of ideas for a realistic and brilliant future.

A total of 92 booths have been set up as part of this year’s book fair and carnival, manned by 38 local participants and six foreign participants from Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Malaysia and Singapore.

Among the participants are publishers, bookstores and IT companies, as well as government departments such as the DBP, the State Mufti’s Office, Museums Department, Brunei History Centre, Islamic Da’wah Centre, Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College and Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali.

Present to launch the festival and the new books was Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abd Jalil, on behalf of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yussof.

During the event, Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila also presented prizes to four authors whose works were deemed the bestsellers for 2015.

Pehin Jawatan Luar Pekerma Raja Dato Seri Utama Dr Hj Mohd Zain Hj Serudin was awarded bestseller in the ‘Ilmiah’ category, while the late Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama Dr Hj Ismail Omar Abdul Aziz was awarded bestseller in the ‘Public’ category.

Nurhamizah Samihon and Kartini Hj Sapar received awards for being bestsellers in the ‘Literature’ and ‘Children’ categories, respectively.

The DBP, State Mufti’s Office and the Brunei History Centre also received awards for being the ‘Best Publishers’ in various categories.

Among the aims of the Brunei Book Fair is to strengthen and promote reading culture among all levels of society and facilitate interactions between publishers, bookstores and the community.

It also aims to support the country’s Vision 2035 of creating a knowledgeable, quality and visionary society.

This year’s book fair and carnival will run until March 6, from 8.30am to 10pm daily, except Fridays when it will run from 9am to 11.30am, and from 2.30pm to 10pm.

A range of side activities will be held throughout the event, including storytelling competitions and quizzes.

The Brunei Times