Language Month set to kick off on July 2

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THE Language and Literature Bureau (DBP) is planning to open this year’s Language Month celebrations with a ceremony on July 2 at the bureau’s Balai Sarmayuda.

Language Month is organised annually to promote the proper and correct use of the Malay Language in the country.

This was disclosed by DBP Acting Deputy Director Hjh Sariani Hj Ishak on the sidelines of a visit by participants of the effective writing workshop at the bureau’s building at Old Airport Road, Berakas, yesterday.

Hjh Sariani said this year’s Language Month, which will be celebrated on a moderate scale due to the current economic slowdown, will see prize presentations to students who have high academic achievements in the Malay subject in both the O and A-level examinations.

In addition to that, she said, DBP will also be presenting souvenirs in the form of mini books titled ‘Let’s Eat’ to owners of selected restaurants featuring menus in Malay.

The mini books can be used as references to proper Malay words for their menus.

The DBP will also select several schools to receive pledges to prioritise the use of the national language.

This aims to instil love for the Malay Language among the students, she said.

A series of activities will also be held in conjunction with the Language Month.

The acting deputy director said that these activities will not only be held in the Brunei-Muara district but also in other districts across the sultanate.

The Language and Literature Bureau will also organise a ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bahana magazine – the Bureau’s monthly publication – on June 2.

During the upcoming golden jubilee celebration at Balai Sarmayuda, former and existing editors of the magazine will be given souvenirs as a show of appreciation for their services and dedication.

During the event, a special edition of the magazine will also be issued, said Hjh Sariani.

The Language and Literature Bureau was stablished in 1961 with the objective of upholding the Malay Language as the sultanate’s official language.

The bureau hopes to empower the Malay Language, as well as promote the reading culture in the country, by focusing on the four key areas of language, literature, publishing and library.

The Brunei Times