KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Ab-dul Taib Mahmud has proposed that Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak set up a communications institute as a new approach to reach out to the people to respond positively to the development transformation taking place in the next 20 years.
Taib, who is also Azam’s patron, said Azam could coordinate with the mass media and local government machinery as well as network with local councillors trained by them to get the people to interact through social and cultural activities.
“Azam can work out the details (of the proposed institute). Understan-ding is one thing but to get people to accept (the new process of development) needs inter-personal communications,” he said at Azam’s annual dinner here Saturday night.
Also present were Azam chairman and state secretary Datuk Amar Mor-shidi Ghani, chief executive officer Datuk Aloysius Dris and general manager Rosalind Yang Misieng.
The chief minister said there was a need to get local communities, who had moved from the longhouses and villages into new housing estates, to get acquainted with the changes through recreational activities and engaging schools by organising debates and sports.
He was confident that such initiatives could be achieved with the assistance of the local government. — Bernama