‘More youths should produce literary works in Malay’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
MORE youths should delve into publishing to produce Malay literary works, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports said yesterday.
In her welcoming remarks at the launch of local poet Kris Karmila’s book, Datin Paduka Dr Hjh Norlila Dato Paduka Hj Abd Jalil said the book’s launch would help inspire youths to consider contributing to the Malay language.
“Alhamdulillah, our country through various government and non-government organisations has been tirelessly promoting the correct usage of Malay, the enculturation of reading, while also continuing to spread the language as the language of communication in this region.
“I have hopes that more writers, especially those among youths, will be bravely moving forward in helping the creative industry grow, especially in publishing,” said Datin Hjh Norlila.
“It serves no other purpose but to ensure that our mother tongue, Bahasa Melayu, will continue to flourish in our country, Negara Brunei Darussalam, while also increasing the number of reading materials of various genres.”
She said the publication of Malay books in Brunei would also serve to unite the country as evident in history, where written works have helped spread the Malay language throughout the region.
Kris, whose real name is Hjh Karmila Hj Sapar, launched her book Tekad (Willpower) at the Language and Literature Bureau located at Jalan Airport Lama.
The poet, who is also a singer and writer, had previously launched the book in Jakarta last year where she explained that it is a culmination of her 22 years of involvement in writing, performing and producing song lyrics.
Krishad developed a passion for the local writing and literature industry at the age of 10, which she nurtured by participating in competitions such as the National Day Poetry Competition.
The Brunei Times