The Language and Literature Bureau's efforts and support has produced a sustainable and prolific writers, poets and literature enthusiasts that are able to gain recognition and appreciation from the country and abroad. The achievement can be achieved when the writers and local works are raised continuously with the recognition and presentation of awards at the regional level, especially with the famous and prestigious Southeast Asian Writers Award. It is an opportunity that needs to be maintained as a platform towards introducing and promoting local works. Speaking during an event with the Southeast Asian Write Award recipients for 1986-2019, Yang Berhormat Retired Major General Dato Paduka Seri Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports emphasised that writers, authors and poets have a very important role in the process of nation-building.
A discussion session was also held highlighting the the award recipients namely Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Haji Awang Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Haji Awang Othman, Minister of Religious Affairs; Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doctor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned, the State Mufti AND Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Putera Maharaja Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Ghani bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Dewa Dato Paduka Awang Haji Abdul Rahim, Member of the Legislative Council. Chaired by Doctor Dayang Siti Norkhalbi binti Haji Wahsalfelah, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the discussion session themed "Sastera Brunei: Pelestarian dan Penyebaran", is aimed to elevate the efforts to empower and perpetuate literature as a preservation of the country's literature. The event was organised by the Language and Literature Bureau through the Research, Documentation and Accreditation Division.
Source: Radio Television Brunei