Improving communications, information delivery among focal points to make National Recovery Plan a success, says Saifuddin

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Improving communications and the information delivery system will be among the focal points of the Communications and Multimedia Ministry in its efforts to make the National Recovery Plan a success.

Its minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic) said they include doubling the dissemination of information on Covid-19 vaccination, economic news on television broadcast stations and airing more programmes on Covid-19 and mental health.

Saifuddin said all agencies under the ministry have been directed to ramp up Covid-19 vaccine registration efforts, especially in the rural areas.

"For example, the Information Department will be on the ground, especially in the rural areas to help the people register for the vaccine as some of them do not know how to use MySejahtera, so the department will help them register for it manually,” he said in a virtual media conference here.

The Information Department will also hand out brochures in these areas, he added.

Saifuddin said Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) radio stations, especially those located on the east coast have also been asked to disseminate more information on the vaccination programme, after reports of no shows at vaccination centres.

The focus on providing more economic news is aimed at giving out a true and comprehensive picture of the country’s economic situation, he added.

"All television stations do air economic news reports but there may be viewers who are not aware there is such content being aired,” he said while adding that RTM’s news bulletins have now repackaged their economic reports for this purpose.

On mental health programmes, he said supportive communication had been initiated in RTM’s Selamat Pagi Malaysia programme which features psychiatrists as well as counsellors, adding that the same type of programmes would be aired by other television stations due to the encouraging response.

The Malaysian Creative Industry Stimulus Package (Prisma) will not be affected by the National Recovery Plan, and funds will continue to be channelled to industry players, said the minister.

Prisma was launched on Feb 5 with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of the country’s creative industry amid the Covid-19 pandemic.- Bernama

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