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Awang Haji Ibrahim bin Haji Muhammad, better known in literary circles as Rahim M.S., received basic education at Lela Menchanai Malay School in Brunei Darussalam in 1953. He then went to study at the Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Malay School from 1956-1958.

Having graduated from the Brunei Malay Teachers Training College in 1962, he has taught at several primary and secondary schools. In 1981 he was appointed as Head Master and in the following year assumed the role of Education Television Script Writer with the Ministry of Education. He then became Asssistant Producer (Media Programme) at the Curriculum Development of the Ministry of Negara Brunei Darussalam in 1982. Rahim M.S. retired from government service in May 1997.

Rahim M.S. started writing in early 1961 and his repertoire includes poetry, short stories, general articles, stage dramas, literary criticisms and song lyrics such as nasyid (religious), patriotic, nursery, teen and pop since the early '80's. Up to now, he has written more than 350 poems and 70 short stories. His many works have earned him many awards and prizes including first pirze in the Poem Writing Competition organised by the Islamic Dakwah Centre of Ministry of Religious Affairs of Negara Brunei Darussalam in 1990.

Rahim M.S. was judged on one piece of his works, "Dunia Indahku," a personal anthology of short stories.

"A literary artiste must illustrate the true life and real situations in his works. He should be brave in exposing all incidents and happenings occuring within his community. He should present wide and positive views towards where he wanted to direct the perception and the thinking of the community. He should be firm, confident, and critical and dynamic. He shold not feel doubtful and afraid to face any reactions especially in upholding the sovereignty of the nation.

A literary artiste should not lose easily or feel disappointed. He should no be static."