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."