NIE Launches Four Malay Culture and Education Books

NIE Launches Four Malay Culture and Education Books

Saturday, 10 September 2011


Four Malay culture and education books aimed at filling the vacuum for more reading materials in Malay language that also nurture deeper appreciation of the Asian culture for Singapore’s students and teachers will be officially launched by the National Institute of Education, (NIE) Singapore. 

Held on Saturday, 10 September 2011, at the National Library Board’s The Pod, Minister of State for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Madam Halimah Yacob will grace the Launch as Guest-of-Honour.


Comprising of two children’s and two research books, these are written and edited by a group of academics from the Malay Language and Culture (MLC) division of the Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) Academic Group at NIE Singapore. 

The children’s titles include a poetry and water colour tone which is a tribute to Mothers titled “Bunga Kasih Ibu” (Mom’s Bouquet of Love) while the other, an artistic fusion of various genres of rich Malay classical arts, is titled “Burung Kenek-kenek” (The Little Bird). This volume introduces young readers to the art of writing (Jawi script), traditional poetry (Pantun), Batik painting, architecture and folk song. It is also in memory of Mr S. Mohdir, Singapore’s well established artist and art educator, who passed away on 28 March 2010, shortly after its completion. Together, the books are aimed at promoting values and vision of Malay language curriculum.

The research books include the first-ever reference book on the late Singapore National Laureate, Dr Masuri bin Salidun (better known among literary circles by his nom de plume, Masuri S.N.). In commemoration of this prominent Malay literary pioneer, the book titled as “Masuri S.N: Sasterawan Melayu di Persada Dunia”, features 25 pieces of writing from Singapore and abroad portrayed in forms of articles, interviews and research are selected into 6 sections. The other, “Citra Murni Insan dalam Dunia Pendidikan: Sebuah Feskrip untuk Abbas Mohammad Shariff”, is the highly-anticipated compilation in the form of a festschrift to honour contributions of Dr Abbas Mohammad Shariff upon his retirement. Together, the books will offer a greater knowledge base on Malay literary works for post secondary, junior college and higher education references as well as for general reading. 

Co-author and co-editor of all books, NIE Singapore's Deputy Head of the ALC Academic Group and Head of the MLC Division, Associate Professor Hadijah Bte Rahmat, said: “These books are important in projecting good role models, fostering an appreciation of the contributors and their talents in our society; we celebrate multiculturalism for the purpose of national education. In particular, Dr Abbas, Dr Masuri and Mr S. Mohdir are examples of excellence who have contributed significantly from the community to the national or international levels.”  

For the programme, please refer to Annexe A and Annexe B for more details about the books and the contributors.