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Februari 2013

ISSN 1609-4271



Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha graced the 19th Special Convention for Women to mark Maulidur Rasul for the year 1434 Hijrah at the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre on 2 February 2013.

Her Majesty then presented the Bakti Hijrah Women Special Awards to Datin Hjh Maimunah Hj Omar, Hjh Damit Mohd Yusof, Datin Hjh Masni Hj Awang and Datin Hjh Maliha@Mihah Hj Sanip for their active involvement and contribution to society, particularly in religious aspects. The awards are presented annually to deserving women since its establishment in 1992.

The event also featured a special lecture by Datin Dr Hjh Sa'adiah Datu Serma Wijaya Hj Tamit themed "Muslimah Solehah Keluarga Bahagia" (Pious Muslimah creates a happy family),








Four thousand guests were present including four BLA members. It was organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam with the cooperation of the




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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMPOWERING THE READING CULTURE A meeting between BLA and DBP Brunei was held on 6 Feb 2013 at Class 64 Library to update on the preparations for the conference with the theme ‘Reading Empowers the Nation’ to be held on 13-14 March 2013 at UBD. Present were Pn Nellie, Awg Hj Sahari, Awg Hj Abd Talip, Nur Nadzirah from BLA, and librarians from DBP Brunei were present. Some 400 participants are expected to attend with papers presented by distinguished speakers from Brunei Darussalam, Australia, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore.

LIBRARY BOULEVARD Brunei Darussalam as A member of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians has been invited by th the IFLA Organising Committee of the 79 IFLA GA and Conference to join in the CONSAL exhibition named the CONSAL Library Boulevard to be held during the conference in Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore. BLA in cooperation with Library Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Brunei will lead the initiative. A local Task Force co-chaired by Pn Nellie and Aw Hj Sahari has been set-up. The CONSAL Library Boulevard will display information on each CONSAL member country done through roll-up banners placed at the strategic location at the Convention Centre. This will be an effective way to publicise and gives an overview of library developments in the ASEAN region to the international delegations attending the conference coming from all over the world.

13TH AGM SOUVENIR PROGRAMME BOOK Editing work continues for the souvenir publication. The book contains information of the Council th Members, photographs of the accomplishments of the 12 BLA Council from 2008 to 2012.

CONSAL BIBLIOGRAPHY ON TRADITIONAL CULTURES The publication project spearheaded by Brunei Darussalam Library Association is participated by Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The respective National Team Leaders are Mr Hj Abd Talip Hj Tassim. Ms Noryati, Acting Director National Library Thailand. and Ms Phan Thi Kim Dzung The first report is due in February 2013.

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ASIAN FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN’S CONTENTS 2013 The Asian Festival of Children's Content (AFCC) aims to foster the creation, production and publication of children’s and young adults’ materials with Asian content in all formats and to facilitate their distribution. Asia is rich in culture and tradition; a heritage from which content could be developed. The AFCC draws the attention of content creators and producers to this vast opportunity, and also showcases content already available, and promotes new materials that have been produced and published. The National Book Development Council of Singapore has been organising the highly popular Asian Children’s Writers & Illustrators Conference for the past ten years. Leveraging on its success, the conference was expanded to form AFCC which has emerged as a very popular professional and trade event since 2010. AFCC 2013 from 25-30 May 2013 will have 4 main conferences: Teachers Congress, Parents Forum, Writers’ and illustrators’ Conference & Media Summit. There will also be Literature Lecture and Awards Presentations. The festival will also have seminars, masterclassess, rights fair, media mart, and public events throughout the 6 days. This year the country of focus is Malaysia while the centre stage last year. Next year India will become the country of focus.




25 May 2013, AFCC Pre school and Primary Teachers Congress The AFCC Preschool & Primary Teachers Congress provides teachers and educators with the skills and knowledge to impart early literacy through bilingualism to their charges as a child transitions from early childhood to primary school. 25 May 2013, AFCC Parents Forum The AFCC Parents Forum offers parents, teachers, and other related professionals the opportunity to get support, information, and advice on nurturing early learning and bilingualism at home. For children accompanying their parents, separate activities for the children will be available. 28-29 May 2013, AFCC Writers and Illustrators Conference Over the course of the two-day conference, writers and illustrators come together with publishers, editors, literary agents, and other industry professionals in celebration of children’s content from Asia and around the world. This year’s conference will have an added emphasis on Young Adult literature and children’s works in translation 29 May 2013, AFCC Media Summit The AFCC Media Summit gathers content creators and media professionals from around the world for a one-day conference focusing on Asian children’s media content, a forum for sharing ideas and knowledge, skills training and development, and networking. The Summit will focus on maximising content through transmedia storytelling AFCC Seminars The AFCC Seminars offer specialised sessions that focus on specific aspects of the literary community. This year’s Seminars will cover Young Adult literature, translation of children’s books, and blogging. Other events AFCC Language Workshop, 25-26 May 2013 AFCC Masterclasses, 30 May 2013 Media Mart and Rights Fair 25-29 May 2013 Book Illustrators Gallery, 25-29 May 2013 Contact: National Book Development Council of Singapore, 50 Geylang East Avenue 1, Spore 389777. Tel.65-6848 290 email: Website:

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MEETING OF BLA COUNCIL The meeting was held on the evening of Monday 28 January 2013 and chaired by Pn Nellie, BLA President. The Chairman congratulated the new elected Council members and bid a warm welcomed to new members joining the Council for the first time. She reminded them that there are urgent tasks waiting to be implemented and called for everyone to work diligently to meet the target dates and fulfill BLA’s commitments both locally and regionally.

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LIBRARY OPEN DAY Nur Nadzirah Zainul’arifin

On Saturday 2 February 2013 the Tutong Sixth Form Centre (PTE Tutong) held an open day for all students of the secondary schools in the Tutong District. It was held from 8 am to 5 pm. The library was not left out to show off the range of services provided. The library organised a book fair and a few games for the visitors. As librarians we felt proud to be able to provide the best service during the open day. Various other exhibitions were also held to attract students to be interested in continuing their studies in PTE Tutong. All department exhibits were related to teaching and learning in PTET. Events of the day received an overwhelming response.

MEDIA WORKING COMMITTEE The Media Working Committee met on 25 January 2013 and 6 Feb 2013 to discuss the workplan for the forthcoming ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum on 6-8 April 2013 hosted by the Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam in cooperation with several NGOs. Pn Nellie, BLA President has been appointed as CoSecretary of the Committee with Dyg Nurul Fajrina Kamaluddin and Dyg Masnunah Md Yassin of BLA as committee members.. ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum was introduced in 2005 and is now an annual event acts as a platform for civil societies from ASEAN member states to raise awareness on current emerging issues and development in ASEAN and it is organized parallel to the ASEAN Summit. The conference is to encourage country-level civil society engagement with the ASEAN and formulate plans on how to lead or take part in the preparatory and organising of the civil society processes during Myanmar's chairmanship of ASEAN in 2014.

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SINGAPORE PASSES DATA PROTECTION BILL Ever received an unwanted SMS text ad or been on the receiving end of an annoying telemarketing call? That will be a thing of the past after a new Data Protection Bill was passed in Parliament on Monday 15 Oct 2012. The Bill, which covers all private sector organizations, will ensure that individuals have to be informed of the purpose of the use and disclosure of their personal information by the firms. The bill does not apply to public sectors which include government ministries. The Bill, which was passed after a lengthy debate, has gone through three rounds of public consultation by the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) since last September, gathering feedback of about 1,900 respondents. It will kick in early next year and companies will be given 18 months to adjust to the new law, with support given from the commissioning body to facilitate the transitioning period as well. A new Do-Not-Call (DNC) registry is also slated to be launched in 2014. This system allows individuals to opt-out of receiving marketing messages. Consumers who have opted out and still receive such messages can lodge a complaint to the government body. The Bill does not extend to spam emails or protection from cyber bullying. A Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) will be set up to oversee matters pertaining to this act. It will focus on public education to help consumers understand the need to protect their personal data. Several persons questioned if the Bill should make data protection for selected groups compulsory. The groups he mentioned included children under the age of 12, minors as well as vulnerable groups of society such as the mentally disabled. Source. The New Paper

DISCUSIONS WITH BLA SECRETARIES An informal discussion was held on 21 Jan 2013 and 5 February 2013 attended by Pn Nellie, Nur Nadzirah, Nooralizah and Nurul st Fajrina to update for 1 Council meeting and to follow up on decisions st reached at 1 Council meeting concerning IFLA, CONSAL and EGM matters.

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WOMEN IN FOCUS NETWORK The network (WiN@BruneiShell) was launched last year on 1 Feb 2012 by the Brunei Shell Petroleum Head Office. The mission of the network which is open to all, women and men, is to serve as a catalyst to enable female employees in BSJV to maximize their contributions, thereby enhancing the Company vision of Brunei Yakin and Inspired People. It presents an exciting platform for BSJV employees to relate their full potential through participating in activities that are centred around three main themes - Network & Well Being, Diversity & Inclusiveness and Learning & Development. Awg Ken Marnoch, the Managing Director of BSP shared his enthusiasm towards this network and encouraged everyone to leverage this opportunity to get involved and to participate along in the mentoring circles. Dyg Hjh Rosita Hassan, President of the network echoed the message that Together Everyone Achieves More. At the interactive session at the launch, collectively the speakers inspired everyone with their stories of individuals who have impacted their lives, how they balance work with family and also practice observations about their own growth over their respective careers in the Oil and Gas industry. There had been an overwhelming response towards the mentoring circles. Extracted from BSP news in Salam Issue no.2, 2012.


Mauludir Rasul Celebrations are being observed by many organisations to mark the birth of our Prophet Mohamad which fell on 24 January 2013. A similar event was held on Saturday 26 January 2013 organized by the School Library Unit group 4 Tutong District of the Ministry of Education . The guest of honor was Awg Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haji Jumat, Special Duties Officer, Ministry Of Education ( Head of Library Department). It at held at Sekolah Menengah Sayidinna ‘Othman Library. The programme included a thanksgiving doa by Ustaz Eddy Fadzullah bin Haji Jasni followed by a special talk on ‘ Penghayatan terhadap diri Rasulullah, Teladan sepanjang Zaman ‘ by Imam Mohd Zulhilmi bin Mohd Jefri and Tausyeh presented by Kesuma Youth Group of Tutong District.

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1ST INTAKE ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION SCIENCE Sixteen students are currently pursuing the Advanced Diploma in,Information Science at the Brunei Polytechnic since July 2012. They are Azuddin Abas, Dk Serimohyatun Pg Hj Metussin, Dk Yura Nurul Wafi Pg Yura Mohd Abai, Han Leong Sou, Joanna Sia, Lee Kuan Eng, Mohd Khairul Syazwan Othman, Noraniazirah Abdul Aziz, Nurminah Alias, Norsinawati Gumpol, Siti Nadirah Jamaluddin, Siti Nur Khalilah Dolrani, Sukartine Ahmad Hassin, Syazwani Bakir, Zaimah Hj Tamit, Zulfadli Mesa.

AL-FATIHAH It is with the deepest sympathy and condolences that BLA learnt of the untimely demise of Dr. Soekarman Kartosedono formerly of the National Library of Indonesia. He passed away on 9 Feb 2013 at .21.30 at his residence in Jakarta. He would have been 79 this 4 June 2013. After his retirement he continued to be active and was recently appointed as Advisor of Indonesian Library Association, and Secretary of the Prime Book Foundation. He was a distinguished figure, and a long-time and a good colleague of many Bruneian librarians who had known and worked with him on many ASEAN COCI library projects especially on the promotion of reading habits.

HAPPENINGS 1 Dec 2012 19-20 Jan 2013 24 Jan 2013 26 Jan 2013 29 Jan 2013 31 Jan 2013

1-5 Feb 2013 1 Feb 2013 2 Feb 2013

3 Feb 2013 3 Feb 2013 6 -7 Feb 2013 23 Feb 2013

Brunei Shell Petroleum delivered the first gas from the newly installed Danau-Bubut project ahead of schedule NBT Lexus Golf Tournment Mauludir Rasul 1434 More than 2,000 participants took park in Cycle and Run Charity for Nancy Skate Park Taman Belia launched Sovereign’s Parade to mark the graduation of 21 Officer Cadets of the 8th intake after a 42 weeks of military training. 48 cadet officers of the 9th intake will complete their training next year. One Product, One Village showcase High Speed broadband products exhibition launched Four named Bakti Hijrah Awardess. They are Datin Hjh Maimoonah, Datin Hjh Masni, Datin Hjh Maliha and Hjh Dayang Damit at the Special Women Gathering to mark Mauludir Rasul 1434 Regatta Brunei Darussalam 2013 500 runners took part in the SMARTER Brunei Charity 17 Hills Challenge. 12th OIC Summit, Cairo 29th Brunei Darussalam National Day

Asian Festival of Children’s Content, 25-30 May 2013, Spore th 79 IFLA General Assembly and Conference, 17-23 Aug 2013, Spore th 16 CONSAL Conference, 26-29 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

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, Nur Nadzirah, Nurul Fajrina, Hjh Noraidah, Pelita Brunei, Borneo Bulletin, Brunei Times. Layout: Nooralizah Mohamad and Nurul Fajrina Kamaluddin

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