Brunei Darussalam Awardee


All praises be upon Allah SubhanahuWaTa’ala, for with His blessings I have been chosen as one of the honorees of the South East Asia Write Award tonight. I would like to convey my gratitude to Your Royal Highness and the Government of Thailand for this award. And allow me to also relay my gratitude to His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Brunei Darussalam, especially DewanBahasa&Pustaka Brunei, all of the members of the Judging Panel, who have chosen me as an honoree this year.

My world of writing began in the early 60’s in the genre of short stories, poetry and essay writing in the field of literature. In the 70’s, I focused more on poetry, linguistic and literature essays, as well as essays on the teaching methodology of linguistics and literature.

In writing poetry, I prefer to use “art for the people” kind of approach rather than “art for art”. This is why in my poems, I avoid using symbolism which are too characteristically personal, with the intention of making my work readable, understandable and enjoyed even by proletariats and the lowly educated.

“Sepi di Tengah Kota” portrays socio-political, socio-cultural and socio-economic issues, which are part and parcel of life in a community of different races, nations and religions. However, I admit that there are some harsh words and firm tones, as well as cynical expressions in this anthology. All these are driven by love for the people, country and religion, and for the sake of remedying the deteriorating

cultural values, cultivating the diminishing humanity, shaping the youth’s

courteousness, and for nurturing strong love for the people, nation and religion.

Once again I would like to thank Your Royal Highness and the Government of Thailand. Indeed, this is a highly honorable award to receive as this has elevated the standards of a handful of East Asian writers for as long as we can remember. We, fellow honorees, feel it is even more meaningful with the presence of Your Royal Highness to this event, to present this very special award to us tonight. This unforgettable memory will forever be etched in our minds and hearts.