The art of poetry is hoped to become one of the country's catalysts and aspiration source in the people's mind and characteristic development. Radio Television Brunei with the cooperation of the Language and Literature Bureau last night organised the 'Sayembara Menambang Syair' or Poetry Declamation Competition in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne. The competition among other matters aimed to encourage the younger generation to appreciate, preserve and maintain noble self-esteem, the art and culture of the Malay Brunei community founded on the Malay Islamic Monarchy concept.
Present was Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Othman, Minister of religious Affairs as member of the Executive committee for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's Accession to the Throne. 8 participants competed in the final which was divided into the male and female categories.
Emerging champion of the male category was Awang Haji Mohd Ubaidah bin Haji Awang Damit who presented the poem entitled "Pelayaran Emas Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah (Sultan Brunei ke-29)". Meanwhile Dayang Raihana Asyiqin binti Haji Suhaili with the poem "Menjunjung Kasih Laila Duli Tuan Patik" won the female category. The function ran concurrently with the presentation of prizes for the Poetry Writing Competition. Second Honours was received by Awang Hidop bin Haji Mohamad Zin with his poem "Citra Emas Hassanal Bolkiah' while Third Honours went to Awang Haji Mohd Firdaus @ Passal bin Orang Kaya Kaya Haji Noordin with "Jambatan Jubli Emas". Also present was Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud, Deputy Minister of religious Affairs.
News courtesy of Radio Television Brunei
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