Publishing is the most important platform in the dissemination of knowledge. According to the State Mufti without it, spreading knowledge would be difficult. Countries which are considered developed are those who open their doors widely to publishing. Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Doktor Ustaz Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Juned made the remarks at the Doa Kesyukuran to celebrate to awards of ASEAN Best General Book 2018 for 'Raja Melakar Sejarah' and ASEAN Best Book Translation 2018 for 'The King Who Shapes History' written by the State Mufti. The ceremony took place yesterday morning at the State Mufti's Department in Jalan Pengiran Babu Raja.

Yang Berhormat Pehin said Brunei Darussalam cannot be left behind in publishing because it has the potential to grab the best positions in the arena. As proof, the State Mufti's Department alone has twice won prestigious awards after evaluations by top ranked professional panellists.

During the ceremony, Yang Berhormat Pehin handed over copies of the books as donations to representatives of Government Department libraries and institutes of higher learning. The awards of ASEAN Best General Book 2018 to 'Raja Melakar Sejarah' and ASEAN Best Book Translation 2018 to 'The King Who Shapes History' were announced during the ASEAN Books Awards 2018 organised by the Malaysian National Development Foundation in conjunction with the Malaysian National Books Awards 2018 which took place on the 30th of April in Kuala Lumpur. The books were evaluated by Malaysia's Professional National Books Awards Evaluators. In 2013, Brunei Darussalam also received the Premier Nusantara Publisher Award by the same foundation for the books, "Qanun Jenayah Syar'iah: Satu Pengenalan and its translation 'The Shari'ah Penal Code: An Introduction'. Also present was Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Japar bin Haji Mat Dain@Maidin, the Deputy State Mufti.

Source: Radio Television Brunei