‘Protect intangible cultural heritage’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations have been urged to be proactive in assisting the government to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage in the sultanate.
This was said by the Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS), Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, during the launching ceremony of Malay Kedayan Cultural Gathering yesterday at the Kg Parit Recreational Park.
The gathering was organised by Brunei Darussalam Malay Kedayan Association (Pemedayan) and in collaboration with Kedayan associations from Sipitang, Miri, Limbang, Lawas and Labuan.
Prior to the launching ceremony, Dato Paduka Dr Hj Affendy said cultural expression in a form of hereditary practices whether it’s tangible or intangible is an invaluable asset that must be protected, upheld and strengthened so that it can be preserved from one generation to the next.
“Continue to own the cultural ethnicity is a pride. Meanwhile successfully protecting, raising and put them in high position is a merit to the race itself,” he said.
Culture and its practices, he said are the reflection of identity of certain clustre or race that began from family, neighbourhood and being extended to the whole society.
“Initially, humans were living in a small scale society, from families to villagers. People began to socialise and acknowledge the needs of neighbourhood in our daily lives.
“Living with clan is important to fulfill our biological, societal and environmental needs. It is fitting with our physical, spiritual as well as intellectual beings which is called culture,” he said.
The permanent secretary urged non-government organisation to be proactive in helping the government to bring back and preserve the local culture in the country. He said this can be done through active collaborative works between every national association.
“The safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage is achievable by carrying out various activities and documented practices of some cultural activities which already extinct and out of practice,” he said. Meanwhile, President of the Pemedayan, Hj Matusin Orang Kaya Sura Hj Tuba said that the Kedayan community lives scattered in every district mainly in Kg Jerudong, Sengkurong, Lumapas, Kasat, Subok, Gadong, Menengah, Senukoh and Ratan Labi.
“We have known that the Kedayan community is cluttered within the Borneo.
“Overtime, the community cannot be seen easily as many of them have practiced modern lifestyle,” he said, adding that only its language and some cultural practices remained active within the community.
Yesterday’s gathering featured cultural performances, traditional attire display as well as vendors among Village Consultative Council (MPK) from various villages.
The Kedayan association was established on November 20, 2014 and the first general meeting was held in April 2015.
The gathering was one of the outcomes from the meeting and the association is planning to conduct similar event annually as a way to expose their culture as well as to gain support from other community.
Referring to the Brunei Darussalam’s constitution of 1959, there are seven ethnicities in the country; Malay Brunei, Murut, Kedayan, Tutong, Dusun, Belait, and Bisaya.
The Brunei Times