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Januari 2013

ISSN 1609-4271

Wishing you a Happy and ProsperouS New Year ProPhet mohamads birthday 24 jan 2013

13th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING BLA held its 13th Annual General Meeting and elections of new Council Members on Friday 18 January 2013 at Aiko Restaurant. The Meeting heard a Welcome Remarks by Nellie DPH Sunny, President 2008/12, and made recommendations to the amendments to the Constitution 2010. 47 members attended the Meeting.

Newly elected Council Members 2013/15 President: Nellie DPH Sunny Vice President: Hj Abd Talip Hj Tassim Hon Secretary Nur Nadziarah Zainul Arifin Asst Hon Secretary: Nooralizah Mohamad Hon Treasurer: Abu Hasrah Hj Kamis Asst Hon Treasurer: Ali Shahbana Moksin Members: Hjh Pusparaini, Hjh Rosnani, Hj Awg Mohd Yussop, Hj Abdullah, Noraidah, Roziah, Masnunah, Hjh Megawati Co-opted: Nurul Fajrina, Siti Marlina, Hjh Norleha

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MCYS Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah said at the launch of Memperkasa Budaya Membaca 2013 (Empowering Reading Culture 2013) on 10 Jan 2013 that reading stimulated the mind and helped to engender a better understanding of the world. IN AN effort to cultivate a culture of reading, a programme titled Mukim Buku will soon be launched by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS). "The Mukim Buku aims to expand the role and responsibilities of the Language and Literature Bureau (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka) to cultivate a 'culture of reading' in society (so the public will) be more knowledgeable, skilled, informed and not be left behind on global issues," the minister said. The programme will be set up in Mukim Sungai Liang and Mukim Gadong, adding to the existing reading infrastructure in the district and community libraries, YB Pehin Dato Hj Hazair said. Mukim Sungai Liang, Mukim Gadong initial base for reading programme. The minister stressed that reading should be a cultural not a habitual exercise. Through reading, society will be able to uphold and implement His Majesty the Sultan and Yang DiPertuan of Brunei Darussalam's titah on raising the importance of knowledge in the population for the development of the country and the achievement of Vision 2035. The minister said a culture of reading would be an important "ingredient" in the country's aim of being progressive. "Through a reading culture, the nation will be able to obtain wisdom, taqwa (obedience to Islamic laws and fear of Allah SWT), prosperity and safety. It will also be able to stimulate creativity and innovation." The minister added that the beauty of reading was that it could be done virtually anywhere. "Even more so in this day and age, knowledge can be acquired by reading either the printed or the electronic word (blogs, Twitter and much more) it's all at our fingertips. If we read more, we will be in closer proximity to the outside world, a world without borders." The minister acknowledged that promoting a reading culture would face challenges and it would be a "journey" that required the involvement of many different stakeholders. "Libraries need to take into account the development of social and electronic media that can attract people to reading," he said. "In this context, there is no one method and approach that will suffice." The Empowering Reading Culture 2013 is being implemented by Jabatan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka through Bahagian Perpustakaan (library section) and designed to instil a fondness for reading to create a society that is knowledgeable, informed, visionary and progressive for the good of the nation as a whole. Some of the winners for libraries and reading corners from yesterday's event included Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Pandan Kuala Belait, Rumah Panjang Lepong Baru Semabat, Mohamed Bolkiah Mosque Kg Serusop, Kg Danau mosque in Tutong, Dato Mohd Yassin Primary School, Paduka Seri Begawan Science College and the Ministry of Defence to name a few. Source: The Brunei Times, 11 Jan 2013

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Members met on 4 January 2013 and 14 January 2013 to finalise preparations for the upcoming 13th Annual General Meeting and to review amendments to the Constitution 2010. The meetings were chaired by Nellie DPH Sunny, BLA President.

AITI GRANTS FOR APICTA MERIT WINNERS Five participants of the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards 2012 were awarded grants by the Authority for Info-Communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI). The grants were presented by Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah, Minister of Communications on 15 Sept 2012 to four APICTA merit award winners in their respective categories, namely, ZimacSilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd, John Harith Sdn Bhd, MeSixty Sdn Bhd, and Media Hikmah, who received

an AITI grant of BND$25,000 each. An AITI grant of BND$50,000 was presented to Chung Hwa Middle School, which won the APICTA Awards 2012 in the Secondary Student Project category, with its product, 'Brunei Treasure'. The main objectives of the AITI grant are to further research and development in the field of ICT and to facilitate the development of more innovative and competitive local ICT-related products and services. Source: Borneo Bulletin, 16 Sept 2012

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KG AYER, KENANGAN ABADI Kampong Ayer, Kenangan Abadi or Living Memory is the first photographic book ever published on the historical area of Kampong Ayer which was launched on 2 Dec 2012. The book is written by Dato Dr Hj Abd Latif Hj Ibrahim, a Brunei historian and does not only contain writings and images that could spur nostalgia amongst current and former village residents but also unveil the history and heritage of its existence. It will be a vital reference in identifying the early history of Brunei and the water village for foreigners and locals alike. This fascinating publication of 252 pages will take the readers back to how the Sultanate of Brunei looked many years ago. There are more than 300 pictures from the olden days to the present, including some photos from the early 20th century. The photos will remind people what an important part of the country's history Kampong Ayer has played. "There can be no doubt that Brunei is the 'Kampong Ayer' and 'Kampong Ayer' is Brunei. The growth of water villages is a historical phenomenon, without which the state of Brunei Darussalam would not have existed," said the author. The book also reveals the various activities and occasions showcasing the nation's economic agents such as the Padian, who are no longer seen these days, the venue of boat racing, and the involvement of royalty in water village activities. Since the existence of the water village in the yesteryears, the concept has always been that of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) as the village is inhabited by Malay citizens, the mosque as an Islamic symbol, and the monarchy institution visible in the form of a royal palace prominently located next to the water village. Source: Borneo Bulletin, 2 Dec 2012 and Ranoadidas.

APICTA AWARDS 2012 Each year APICTA recognises the best in innovation from across the Asia Pacific ICT community. Past winners have gone on to international business success, formed new partnerships and grown for the benefit of their community. The 2012 APICTA awards were held 2-5 Dec 2012 in Brunei, Darussalam. The winners are: Sustainability and Green IT Integral Technology Solutions and LGIS (Qld) - ClimateSmart Home Service Research and Development Smart Services CRC in partnership with University of Wollongong (NSW) - iSee - Collaborate and Connect Natural Tourism and Hospitality Sissit PTY LTD (VIC) - Sissit QikBoard Kiosk The Merit Recipients are: Tools and Infrastructure-Opengear (QLD) - Opengear ACM5500 Remote Infrastructure Management Gateway Sustainability and Green IT- PaperCut Software International Pty Ltd (VIC) - PaperCut Print and Copier Management Software

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LIBRARY @SURIA By Nur Nadzirah Zainul Arifin


The new Sabah State Library branch, library@Suria is located on the 4 floor of Suria Sabah Shopping Mall in the heart of Kota Kinabalu. It was opened to the public on 1 February 2012.

The 6,000 square feet library accommodates a 30,000 volumes of books -fiction and general nonfiction titles for adults and children. It provides various services, such as registration for new members both adult and children, lending and return of fiction and non-fiction books, internet, database and WiFi service.The library opens everyday, including public holidays from 10am to 9pm.

Contact: Library@ Suria, Level 4, Suria Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, No.Tel : 6088-486461

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1 Dec 2012 1 Dec 2012 1 Dec 2012 7 Dec 2012 9 Dec 2012 10 Dec 2012 10 Dec 2012 3 TechExpo Community Development Department introduced JAPEM Database Ten primary schools and one secondary school received School Improvement Programme (SIP) 2009-2011 plaques BIBD Contact centre launched th Inter Ministries Golf Tournament to mark 19 Civil Service Day Land Transport Department announced the introduction of new system for diving license, vehicle license, vehicle registration book in 2013 The Brunei Economic Development Board signed an agreement with Junior Achievement to launch the Junior Achievement Pilot Program in Brunei Darussalam ASEAN India Commemorative Summit 2012, New Delhi A book on Himpunan Doa dan Zikir Pilihan launched Hospital Suri Seri Begawan, Kuala Belait to introduce Information and Health Care Management Brunei Darussalam (Bru-HIMS) in early 2013 Three named Chancellors Scholars th 80 Anniversary of Boys Scout Association Renaming of waterfront as Dermaga Diraja Bandar Seri Begawan nd 92 anniversary of Royal Brunei Police Force. Formed on 1 Jan 1921 Price Control Act Amendments 2012 enforced Pad Nunok new Community Centre is completed Basketball Association Annual General Meeting 'Riadah Bandar Seri Begawan' (BSB) introduced Brunei History Centre launched Pertandingan Mencipta Video Dokumentari Sejarah 2013 Peringkat Amatur with the theme Sejarah Di Mana-mana'. Establsihment of Brunei Agro Technology Park announced th TelBru Fibre-to-the-home in speedy broadband has reached 1,000 home. nd Report on the 2 Health and National Nutrition Status Survey (NHANSS) completed. The survey began in 2009 for children under 5 years old and second phase for those aged 5 years to 75 years old. A month long exhibition of the London Olympic Games 2012 Torch and Cauldron Petal, Brunei Museums th 29 National Day nd 22 ASEAN Summit, Brunei Darussalam Inter Ministries Games 2013 th 46 ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting, Brunei Darussalam

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All materials are copyrighted and any form of reproduction is not permitted without the permission of the publisher. WADAH PERPUSTAKAAN is published by Brunei Darussalam Library Association, c/o Class 64 Library, SOASC, Jalan Tengah, Bandar Seri Begawan BS8411. Editor: Nellie Dato Paduka Haji Sunny. Photo credits. Nellie, Hj Abd Hapidz, Nurul Fajrina, Nur Nadzirah,, Borneo Bulletin, Pelita Brunei, Brunei Times. Layout: Nooralizah Mohamad and Nurul Fajrina Kamaluddin

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