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Two Books Launched at UBD

On 22nd April 2019, two books titled Politics of the Brunei Sultanate 1804 – 1906: Enduring the Storm to the Blessed Shores and Melayu Islam Beraja, The Malay Islamic Monarchy in Negara Brunei Darussalam Prior to 1906: A Historical Study were launched at the Inspiring Hall, Student Centre, University Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The first book was written by Associate Professor Dr. Haji Awg Asbol bin Haji Mail, Associate Professor Ampuan Dr. Haji Brahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah, Associate Professors at UBD and Haji Mohsin bin Abu Bakar, a local author; and the second book was written by five academic staff of UBD namely Associate Professor Dr. Haji Awg Asbol bin Haji Mail, Associate Professor Ampuan Dr. Haji Brahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah, Dr. Nani Suryani binti Haji Abu Bakar, Dr. Hajah Asiyah Az-Zahra binti Haji Ahmad Kumpoh and Dr. Haji Tassim bin Haji Abu Bakar.

The publication of the books in English will help to reach more readers and researchers, both local and overseas.

The book launching ceremony was co-organised by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) UBD, Academy of Brunei Studies UBD and the Brunei History Association (PESEBAR).

Present at the ceremony was the guest of honour Yang Mulia Dr. Haji Azman bin Ahmad, Permanent Secretary (Higher Education) at the Ministry of Education, Negara Brunei Darussalam.

The ceremony began with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat followed by a welcoming speech by Yang Mulia Dr. Haji Mohd Yusop bin Haji Awang Damit as the Co-Chairman of the Ceremony. In his speech, he said that was pleased with the active participation of local authors in writing and publication of academic books and hoped it would provide a good example for the younger generation to get involved as well.

Dr. Haji Mohd Yusop bin Haji Awang Damit during his welcome speech

The welcome speech was followed by the launch of the two books by the guest of honour. The ceremony continued with speeches reviewing the two newly launched books delivered by Yang Mulia Dr. Haji Tassim bin Haji Abu Bakar, Acting Director, Academy of Brunei Studies and Yang Mulia Dr. Haji Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, Deputy Secretary General, Brunei History Association respectively.

The guest of honour (left) during his book launching speech

 

The two books launched
 

In his review of the first book, Dr Haji Tassim highlighted that it illustrates the political situation of the Sultanate of Brunei in the 19th century and the influence of the British in Brunei through James Brooke who managed to acquire Limbang while the British North Borneo Company (BNBC) had acquired Sabah. Despite their influence, Sultan Hashim, the 25th Sultan of Brunei, successfully defended the existence of Brunei Sultanate as well as safeguarding Brunei’s philosophy, Malay Islamic Monarchy.

In his review of the second book, Dr. Haji Muhammad Hadi stated Brunei’s philosophy of the Malay Islamic Monarchy had existed in Brunei for over 600 years, and it has adjusted well into the way of life among Bruneians. He also mentioned that this philosophy could lead Bruneians towards peaceful and harmonious life not only in the present but as well in the future.

These speeches were followed by souvenir giving ceremony to the book authors, the guest of honour and the book reviewers. The ceremony ended with a group photo session with the guest of honour. The books launched were also sold during the ceremony at a discounted price of $10.00 each, as their usual price is $15.00 for Politics of the Brunei Sultanate 1804 – 1906: Enduring the Storm to the Blessed Shores and $13.00 for Melayu Islam Beraja, The Malay Islamic Monarchy in Negara Brunei Darussalam Prior to 1906: A Historical Study.

The guest of honour (right)

 

Haji Mohsin bin Abu Bakar

Group photo with the guest of honour (4th from left)