BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - Fourteen publications on Bruneian history were launched by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) yesterday.
Among the books published were Sejarah dalam Pembangunan Bangsa (History on the development of race), Survival Negara Bangsa, and eight illustrated stories.
The books were published by the Brunei History Centre.
In his welcoming speech during the launch, Acting Deputy Principal of the Brunei History Centre Hanafi Hj Salleh said that he hoped the books would reach more readers.
The launch was followed by a prize presentation to winners of the 'Writing and drawing of Illustrated Stories Reflecting Bruneian History' competition.
The first and second place were bagged by Kartini Hj Sapar, a staff from the Language and Literature Bureau (DBP), for her books Sultan Sharif Ali and Sejarah Adat Membasuh Kaki (The history of the feetwashing ceremony).
Meanwhile, a book titled Pengiran Shahbandar, which was written by Hj Shawardi Hj Hamdan, took the third spot.
In an interview with The Brunei Times, Kartini said that she wrote her winning book Sultan Sharif Ali within a month, with illustrations submitted by her friend.
She said that her commitment and passion in conducting research at various places such as the state library inspired her to write her books.
"If you have the passion about your history, I think you could write books about it," said the 34-year-old.
Present as the guest of honour at the launch was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah.
In his speech, the Minister stressed the importance of history.
He said that history is the reconstruction of the past that brings about roles, values and benefit to the community and the development of the country.
He urged the younger generation to learn the history of Brunei because history recorded the nation's glory, wisdom and failures.
The minister said it is vital for history to be recorded so that true facts could be promoted, spread and taught.
"One way to do this is through the publication of history books through the Brunei History Centre," he added.