The Second International Seminar on Research on Malay, SAPEMM continues with presentations of working papers for the first, second and third sessions which among other matters touch on literature, language, culture and community. The seminar takes place at the Lecture Hall of the Institute of Leadership, Innovation and Advancement, ILIA, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
In the working paper entitled, Masyarakat Melayu Kampong Ayer Brunei: Kajian Perubahan Terhadap Budaya dan Adat or The Brunei Kampong Ayer Malay Community: Research on Changes in Culture and Tradition, tabled by Doctor Awang Haji Tassim bin Haji Abu Bakar from the Academy of Brunei Studies, UBD among other matters portrayed the kampong ayer malay community life in the 60's and 70's, which is strong and difficult to separate from their hold on belief and traditions. The modernisation factor has changed the community's way of life aside from the factor of Islamic teachings that has resulted in a number of cultural and traditional practises to disappear. The current changes of time and technology has brought changes in the culture and traditions of the Kampong Ayer Malays. The research sees that culture and tradition can also change due to modernisation and human needs.
Meanwhile, Abdul Azim bin Haji Abdul Rahman from the Academy of Brunei Studies, UBD tabled the working paper entitled "Kedudukan Bahasa Melayu Dalam Pengukuhan Falsafah Melayu Islam Beraja" or the Positioning of the Malay Language in Strengthening the Malay Islamic Monarchy Philosophy. The working paper explained about the establishment of the broad use of the English Language that is seen as a global language, making the use of Malay language amongst the society to be less. Therefore, efforts to uphold the malay language that portrays the national identity are dependent on the society and future generation's acceptance. He added that indirectly, mass media can also influence the use of language until it is assimilated into the daily life.
In the working paper entitled, "Warisan Persembahan Hadrah Di Utara Semenanjung Malaysia: Di Sebalik Pengekalan Tradisi dan Perubahan" presented by Dr Mohamad Luthfi bin Abdul Rahman from Universiti Sains Malaysia, explained that the hadrah presentation is a traditional presentation spanning generations, and taught orally without any formal methods. Hadrah presentations are unique from the aspect of its songs and lyrics.
Source: Radio Television Brunei