Bandar Seri Begawan - The strong relationship between Brunei Darussalam and China has been in existence for more than 600 years.
The first evidence of established ties between Brunei and China is found in the tomb of Pu'Kung Chih Mu located at the Rangas Muslim cemetery. It is believed that Pu'Kung Chih Mu once received an order from the Emperor of the south Song Dynasty to come to Brunei (Poni) and passed away in the country in the year 1264.
Besides the various artefacts unearthed, the tomb of Rokayah binti Sultan Abdul Majid was found at the Muslim cemetery at Jalan Residency. She was the daughter of Sultan Abdul Majid and was believed to have passed away in Nanjing in 1408. This is proof that Sultan Abdul Majid came from Brunei (Poni) and passed away in Nanjing, as recorded in the history of China.
To know more about the history of Brunei with China, a recently completed commemorative book entitled 'Tracing the History of Brunei-China Relations' was launched yesterday.
The book launch was officiated by Pg Hj Abdul Hans bin Pg Hj Shabudin, the Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister's Office.
Pg Hj Abdul Hans in his remarks prior to the launch said he had been informed that the contents of the book are based on the original working paper and narrations from a special documentary that traces the historical background of the Brunei-China relations.
The documentary was broadcast in several episodes on RTB1 last year on the occasion of the 20" anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Brunei Darussalam and the People's Republic of China.
He also congratulated the author of the book, Pg Dr Karim bin Pg Hj Osman, the Acting Deputy Director of Museums and the producer of the special documentary, Awg Khairul Salleh bin Hj Abd Rahman of RTB, and those who are associated with this noble endeavour.
The permanent secretary said that, in the context of Brunei Darussalam, the book emphasises the importance of the national MIB philosophy, and is significant not only from the historical perspective but also from the cultural, diplomatic, economic, social and trade aspects.
"Viewed from the historical dimension, the contents of the book highlight the undisputed existence of the ancient Brunei civilisation which we inherit today," he said.
"Brunei's ancient connection with China has provided evidence to reinforce such reality. China itself is an ancient and great civilisation that has been the leading culture in this part of the world. Disclosing.the historical facts based on ancient Chinese documents has uncovered evidence of Brunei's glorious past."
The book, he added, is a welcome addition to the growing number of reference publications for members of the public, historians and students who are interested in learning about our heritage, tradition and identity.
"With regards to our national identity, some of the attributes we hold dear include religious piety, decorum, courtesy and civility. These attributes are transferred to the
young who are set to become the next generation of torch bearers" he said.
Dr Hj Mohd Hadi bin Mohd Melayong, the Director of Information, meanwhile, said the publication of the book is in line with the department's roles and responsibilities in disseminating information from the government to the people of the country.
It is hoped that the publication of 'Tracing the History of Brunei-China Relations', which comprises 176 pages and 11 chapters, will provide a better understanding and image on the existence of the Brunei Malay Monarchy civilisation based on the historical facts in the Brunei-China relationship.
For more information on 'Tracing the History of Brunei-China Relations' contact the Information Department.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
Friday, 30 March 2012 James Kon