MCYS mulls setting up academy to promote Brunei culture

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport (MCYS) is considering setting up an academy for youth to learn Bruneian culture as well as to enhance creativity among youth in the sultanate.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Hj Awg Halbi Hj Mohd Yusof announced this during a competition dubbed ‘Canang Citra Budaya’ at the Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) last evening.

He said this strategic plan supports the goals of the ministry towards the country’s vision 2035.

“This method is expected to increase youth involvement in education as well as increase the publications about our ancestors,” he said.

“The youth will be professionals in the field of art, culture and heritage. They will become skilled artists who are knowledgeable and competent in many areas. It will also generate economic growth,” said the minister, adding that the academy will be established within an appropriate time.

The academy, YB Pehin Dato Hj Awg Halbi said, is aimed for the continuity of the artistic heritage of the country.

“Creating value and individuality are important aspects in the development of character and personality in line with the civilisation and values of Bruneian Malays,” he said.

Yesterday’s competition was participated by ten finalists — four females and six males aged between 18 to 40 years old.

Hj Zul Azmi Hj Mohin bagged the first prize worth $1,500 with his song titled ‘Indung Anak Indung Bungaku’

The finalists’ performance were judged on four categories — voice (30 per cent), melody (30 per cent), tempo (20 per cent) and stage presence (20 per cent).

Introduced in 1988, the competition hopes to introduce Brunei’s original songs to the public and to further encourage the participation of youth to be active in singing talent shows.

The Brunei Times