Sultan officiates Knowledge Convention, exhibition
By Azlan Othman

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officiated the Knowledge Convention and exhibition at the International Convention Centre, Berakas yesterday.

His Majesty was greeted upon arrival by the Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister's Office, Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Abdul Rahman bin Hj Ibrahim, in his capacity as the chairman of the executive guidance committee, and the State Mufti, Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Dr Ustaz Hj Awg Abdul Aziz bin Juned, who is the advisor of the Knowledge Convention Committee and other members.

His Majesty also officiated the Knowledge Convention exhibition, which kicked off yesterday and runs until August 1. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

The theme reads 'Smart Malay Civilisation' which portrays decent Malay values through historical items, artefacts, researches and so on. These include language, literature, ceremonies, vision, civilisation excellence, education, smart maritime, economy and Malay medicine.

The Brunei pavilion at the exhibition highlights the proclamation of titah, while decent values of Malays are showcased by the Museums Department and the History Centre. Other exhibits include strengthening of values through education by the Curriculum Development Department; MIB: nation's identity by the MIB Executive Council; knowledge collection of smart race by Brunei Darussalam Islamic library and UBD library; and strengthening Malay civilisation by the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies (CSPS).

The Malay Archipelago Pavilion, meanwhile, depicts the pride of Malay history by the museum and Tengku Fauziah gallery of Universiti Sains Malaysia, norms and heritage of excellent Malay by Riau, Pekan Baru Adat Board, Yayasan Tenas Effendy, DINAS Cultural and Parawisata of Riau islands and first Islamic bank, priceless civilisation by the Islamic gallery of Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah.

The traditional games section highlights 'Congkak', 'Kuit', 'Pasang', 'Gulingtangan' and martial arts.

A series of conferences and talks are held from July 26 to 28 highlighting 'language, the national identity', 'literature: the prestige of the nation', 'upholding custom', 'convincing the Malay vision', 'Malay leadership blessings and superiority', 'credibility of Malay leadership', 'the superiority of Malay civilisation', 'making Malay education capable', 'smartness of Malay maritime', 'making Malay economy bright' and 'capability of Malay medicine'. - Borneo Bulletin (27th July 2010)