The nation’s history must continue to be appreciated and disseminated especially among the young generation so that they are aware of their origin as well as have a strong sense of resilience and identity. Therefore, the Brunei History Association, PESEBAR have continued to work in collaboration with the Brunei History Centre to increase sources of reference and also perpetuate the history of Brunei within and outside of the country. Since independence, PESEBAR has produced over 20 books exclusively about the history of Brunei. 6 of the books written and produced by members of the PESEBAR were launched recently.
Among the books that were launched was the ‘Buku Melayu Islam Beraja: Amanat 1984’ which was written and arranged by Dr. Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, Acting Yang Di-Pertua of PESEBAR. The 487-page book contains a collection of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah. 63 Titah related to the Malay Islamic Monarchy concept which were delivered within and outside the country from 1984 to 2021, are included in the book.
The book Brunei Darussalam Educational Policies in Six Decades: A Study of Developments and Challenges, produced by members of PESEBAR, Associate Professor Dr Haji Awang Asbol bin Haji Mail, Associate Professor Ampuan Dr Haji Brahim bin Haji Tengah, Dr Roziman bin Makmun, Dr Nani Suryani binti Haji Abu Bakar and Dr Hajah Suraya binti Haji Tarsat. The 122-page book among others have studied how education policies that emerged from the national education system from 1954 to 2014 have produced improvements appropriate to current needs. Among the main challenges that was frequently faced by the education policy during that time was the use of Malay Language as the medium for schools nationwide.
Meanwhile, the book Brunei’s Culture in A Betelnut Shell with 205 pages was written by Haji Mohd Rozan bin Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yunos. It highlighted 25 articles on various topics that are related to the culture and social structure of Brunei Darussalam ranging from ‘Budaya Daun Sireh’ to ‘Warisan Tamu Kianggeh’. The publication of these books aimed to provide understanding to the public, apart from consolidating practices of the noble values of the Malay Islamic Monarchy which acts as the basis for the solidarity and unification of Brunei citizens.
Source: Radio Television Brunei