NIE-NLB Embarks on a New Malay Language Programme

NIE-NLB Embarks on a New Malay Language Programme

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Launch of Siri Bicara Buku NIE-NLB, Siri Jalinan Budi NIE-NLB dan e-Utama

The National Library Board (NLB) and National Institute of Education (NIE) embarked on a Malay language programme comprising of seminars and book discussions conducted by young scholars, educationists, researchers, litterateurs, prominent public figures to deliberate and exchange ideas for a robust intellectual culture amongst the Malay community and students of higher learning in Singapore.

The Siri Jalinan Budi NIE-NLB, organised by the Malay Language and Culture Division of NIE and NLB, will cover topics concerning education, teaching community, language, literature and social dynamics in the context of the Malay community in Singapore and the region.

The four speakers; Mr Zaki Jalil, Mr Isa Kamari, Dr. Razif Bahari and Mdm Suriati Abdolah and the topics covered include:
- Curriculum of Progress and Pedagogy of Teacher Education (presented in January 08 by Zaki Jalil);
- Islam Dari Satu Bumi ke Memeluk Gerhana, The Coloniser who Refuses; &
- Race in the Letters of Sir Stamford Raffles and Fatherhood & Childhood Education.

The Siri Bicara Buku NIE-NLB; a series of book discussions, which is also part of this joint initiative will feature speakers giving reviews on books authored by NIE staff. Four books will be discussed:
- Drama Melayu Tradisional, Moden dan Pascamoden by Mana Sikana;
- Strategi Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran Bahasa by Dr Abbas Mohd Shariff;
- The Last Kampung Mosque in Singapore - The Extraordinary Story and Legacy of Sembawang by A/P Hadijah Rahmat; &
- Pengenalan Fonetik dan Fonologi by A/P Paitoon Chaiyanara.

Speakers include Mr Djamal Tukimin, Mr Nadiputra, Mdm Haslindah Mispan, Mr Mohd Aidil Subhan, Dr Rahil Ismail , Ms Faizah Hj Jamal, A/P Mataim Bakar and Dr Rokzana Abdullah.

The series of seminars and book discussions is part of "Arena: bahasa.budaya" which promotes a diversity of Malay programmes in the library for the Malay community. The channel is expected to equip the Malay community with life skills and knowledge in adapting to the global challenges while retaining the Malay identity, language and culture.

Asian Languages and Cultures, NIE is also taking the opportunity to launch e-Utama, the electronic journal of the Malay Language and Culture Department (MLC). It aims to bring together practitioners and academics from all areas of Malay Studies, to stimulate the exchange of ideas, opinions and thoughts between these groups. The journal publishes interdisciplinary, theoretical and review articles of high scholastic quality in Malay education, culture, language and literature. It fosters Malay research, but is not exclusively Malay, having an international authorship, readership and editorial board. 
You are cordially invited to the following event on:

Date : 27 February 2008 (Wednesday) 
Venue : Possibility Room (level 5), National Library Building, Victoria Street.

Media registration starts at 3.30pm.

For interview requests, kindly contact:

Tam Shu Er
Corporate Communications
National Library Board
DID: 6332 3341
Fax: 6332 3616

Chan Bee Ai
Public, International and Alumni Relations
National Institute of Education
DID: 6790 3015
Fax: 6896 8874