‘Bruneians should give local authors a read’

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TUTONG

BRUNEIANS are urged to support local writers and authors as their works are just as deserving of attention as those of international authors.

“We would like to encourage everyone, especially Bruneians, to read more books. The books should also include those written by our local talents, and there are many of them here that are still writing,” said Dr Chong Ah Fok, head of the Language and Literature Section under Tutong’s Badan Kesenian dan Kebudayaan (B2K) or Arts and Culture Body.

Speaking on the sidelines of a writers meet recently, Dr Chong said the organisation, which has over 200 members, has quite a number of talented authors whose works are comparable to authors in neighbouring countries.

He said there are a number of people who prefer international literary works instead of books by local authors without taking the time to check out their work to see what they have to offer.

While there are prominent writers who are well-known in Brunei, there are also a lot of lesser-known names who are just as talented and should be given a chance by readers, he said.

“They have a lot of good ideas and thoughts to share. Their work is just waiting to be appreciated by readers,” said Dr Chong.

“But of course, while us writers do compete with neighbouring authors, all of it is in goodwill...We will continue to improve our Malay literature and hope we will reach that level where we are appreciated.”

The Brunei Times