KUCHING: Non-governmental organisation Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) plans to undertake a study on the social impact of major projects such as the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said the study was needed as such projects presented new challenges to the people due to rapid changes in the political, economic and social environments.
“We are aware of the need to keep people informed and engaged in the development process.
“To undertake this, Azam is set to explore fresh approaches to reach out to the people, especially grassroots communities in rural areas and the younger generation,” he said at the NGO’s 25th anniversary dinner here on Monday night.
Aziz said that Azam had also proposed the development of a new communication strategy to disseminate information on development projects to the people.
“We feel this needs to be done to ensure there is commitment and support from the people for the projects,” he said.
In accepting Azam’s proposals, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the organisation should gear up to play a bigger role in facilitating increased engagement between the state and the people.
He said that people were no longer content to merely be recipients of information and wanted to engage directly with the state.
“Azam needs to get closer to community leaders and build a base from which it can gather samples of public opinion,” he added.