The Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Tan Sri Annuar Musa has call on all parties, including social media influencers to deliver only accurate information on the implementation of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) during the country’s transition into the endemic phase of Covid-19.
He said that influential people have responsibility to educate the public by presenting information with an accurate narrative on government initiatives in the NRP.
“Educating the public on the endemic phase is important because sometimes people still do not understand… we must convey in a simple way in communicating.”
“Dissemination of information can also be done by influencers who have many followers, if he (or she) also takes on the role to remind the people about the transition into the endemic phase as community empowerment.” he said, as reported by Bernama.
He said this when appearing as a guest on the Optical Segment: National Recovery Plan through the Selamat Pagi Malaysia (Good Morning Malaysia) programme broadcast by RTM yesterday (26 September).
Dissemination mediums other than conventional media such as television and radio, includes social media platforms such as TikTok and Facebook can be used to disseminate information effectively. Annuar the said these should be used wisely to educate the public about the transition.
Having said that, he said the ministries, government agencies and committees involved need to improve on information delivery to ensure the effectiveness of their policies, by holding continuous engagement with the public.
During the Parliament session on Wednesday (22 September), Annuar has proposed to set up a communications command centre to convey information on decisions by the government to the public more accurately, quickly and easily understood.
This proposal was made following the challenges faced in the implementation of government programmes which were found to be due to misinformation and false information.
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