Saifuddin: Covid-19 communication initiatives found effective

KUALA LUMPUR: Communication initiatives undertaken so far by the government to disseminate information on the Covid-19 pandemic have proven to be effective, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic).

He said this assessment was based on the people’s high level of awareness and understanding of the pandemic as well as compliance with the standard operating procedure (SOP) and instructions issued by the National Security Council and Health Ministry.

Nevertheless, these communication initiatives need to be intensified to ensure that the people’s awareness and understanding of the pandemic is at the highest level possible, he said.

“In the context of this virus being invisible and having spread in the community, even a small percentage of non-compliance with the SOP and instructions should be seen as a major issue.

“Apart from this, due to several factors, especially politics and the effects of the Sabah state election, there is now a trust deficit, with various areas having to be addressed prudently, ” he said yesterday.

Saifuddin said that since Perikatan Nasional took over the administration, the government had implemented many communication initiatives through the Communications and Multimedia Ministry and various other stakeholders.

Saifuddin said the overall impression gained was that the government had struck a balance between lives and livelihood in curbing the pandemic.

Health and non-health (including financial and economic) activities implemented to combat the pandemic have shown success, while economic planning was rolled out in an organised manner, he added. — Bernama

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