THIRTY-FOUR Belait youths were yesterday awarded certificates for completing a three-day workshop that focussed on the ‘Customs and Traditions of Puak Belait.’
The workshop – organised by the Youth and Sports Department (Belait) and Kg Mumong Consultative Council – opened last Friday and ended yesterday.
The workshop also aimed to enlighten participants on the history, practices and way of life in Puak Belait. In his speech, Head of Youth and Sports Officer cum guest of honour Haji Abd Malik bin Haji Mohamad said that the workshop created awareness among youths on the importance of the customs and traditions of Puak Belait, and also a chance to get to learn the origins and identity of the citizens of the nation.
“Belait District is rich in unique traditions. Learning songs, traditional dances and music instruments of Puak Belait can enrich the participants’ daily lifestyle, while also allowing them to be able to create something new while preserving the elements of traditions,” he added.
He later expressed hopes that the workshop activities would be beneficial to participants not only as a reflection of their lifestyle, but that it would would also be developed to promote the Puak Belait community to outsiders, doing so through tourism activities.
On the final day of the workshop, the youths tried their hands at a traditional music instrument, the gulingtangan, which is also known as `gambang.’
Belait Native Heritage Group Head Nor Diana binti Haji Mohd Deru taught participants the different beats and songs played on a gulingtangan in Puak Belait.
Meanwhile, a wedding customs demonstration was held by Hajah Sarimah binti Ahmad on Saturday afternoon.The youths participating in the workshop were from Sekolah Menengah PJN Pg Hj Abu Bakar, St James School, Sekolah Menengah Perdana Wazir, Red Crescent Association Brunei and Kg Mumong Consultative Council.