Thursday, January 27

Malaysia-Brunei cultural ties soar to greater heights


KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia-Brunei cultural ties soar to a greater height this week through the ‘Titian Budaya Malaysia-Brunei’ programme which showcased the unique customs and traditions of the peoples of both countries.

The programme, which culminated into a Gala Night here on Saturday night, also provided an avenue for both sides to discuss ways to widen cooperation and collaboration, such as carrying out joint training in the field of arts and culture as well as in exchange of reading materials between libraries, among others.

Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim and Brunei’s Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Paduka Awang Hazair Abdullah expressed satisfaction over the three-day programme which started on Thursday.

Information Communication and Culture Ministry Deputy Secretary-General Datuk Mohammed Mohd Daud said both ministers also agreed to explore a wider cooperation under the auspices of the programme.

“The newest area of cooperation identified under the programme is in the field of research covering cultural performances, craft and the Malay customs in Malaysia and Brunei,” he told Bernama when contacted.

Mohammed said the research collaboration would start as soon as possible while existing programmes would go on as usual.

Both sides also agreed to enhance ties through the exchange of documentaries between Radio Television Malaysia and Radio Television Brunei, he said.

The close ties will continue to be nurtured and reinforced with Malaysia’s turn to visit Brunei through the programme two years from now. — Bernama