Sri Lankan scholar Dr. Haji B.A. Hussainmiya, received high State honours from His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah during his recent 60th birthday celebrations held at Istana Darul Iman, the Brunei Sultan’s palace attended by royal dignitaries, diplomatic community, and state officials.
The award is ‘Bintang’ – Star in Malay known as ‘The Most Blessed Order of Setia Negara Brunei – 4th Class’ (Darjah Setia Negara Brunei Yang Amat Bahagia Darjah Ke-empat – PSB), the highest meritorious medal ever awarded to a Sri Lankan in Brunei.
Dr. Haji Hussainmiya is a Professor of history at the University of Brunei Darussalam. He is a leading expert in Brunei history and has already written three books on Brunei’s modern history, and countless number of research articles on Brunei history in international journals, including world encyclopedias.
Hussainmiya is also well known for his pioneering books on Malays of Sri Lanka and the Ceylon Rifle Regiment.
Hussainmiya has taught at the Peradeniya University, the National University of Malaysia and at the University of Brunei Darussalam. He has also delivered talks in various universities world-wide, at the National University of Singapore, Tokyo University Japan, University of Science, Penang, University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Hull University in England.
Hussainmiya was a research fellow and visiting professor at the National University of Malaysia, Hull University, National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka and University of Northern Illinois in the USA.
He is also currently a Consultant to the Official Brunei History Centre and regularly travels to world archives to collect information on Brunei historical documents