FOR the first time, Komuniti Harapan Malaysia (KHM) in Segambut and Lembah Pantai joined forces to host a community-based event.
Called “Hari Info Rakyat”, the event was held at SMK Menjalara in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, to disseminate information from the government to the people in both areas, and to foster a sense of unity among them.
Several government agencies were present to promote their services.
Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh said KHM was helping the government to spread important information to the public.
“KHM plays a vital role in the governance of the government.
“The community should work together with the government by disseminating correct information to everyone, ” she said.
Yeoh added that sharing the right information should start with the B40 group as they were the government’s top priority.
“The M40 group is traditionally concerned about issues such as education, economy and healthcare. This is followed by the T20 group.
“We are looking at ensuring all three groups benefit from good governance, ” said the deputy minister.
She added that people should be discerning when receiving information pertaining to race and religion, particularly those that are shared via chat groups such as WhatsApp, as they could be conservative in nature and may only apply to a specific race or religion.
“People should be brave enough to tell off other people who share unauthentic information in such chat groups, ” said Yeoh during her speech.
Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil said sometimes people shared unreliable information through social media.
“This issue involves people from all strata of the community regardless of their status or education.
“If you are not sure whether the information is true or not, do not share it. Let the unauthentic information or news stop with you.
“Please do not be the person who shares unverified information, ” said Fahmi during the event.
Information Department Federal Territories and Kuala Lumpur director Erwin Khairul Ahmad said living in the digital world could make it difficult to distinguish truth from falsity.
“In this era of globalisation, people depend on their smartphones. KHM plays an important role in helping the government disseminate facts and its initiative to the public, ” he said.
“Sensational news is easily spread compared to news that are more useful to communities.”
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