KUALA LUMPUR: From learning about different functions of government agencies to finding job opportunities, the public find the Madani government’s one year anniversary programme beneficial.
The people, who thronged the programme on the first day yesterday, said it should be expanded nationwide.
Real estate negotiator Mike Chau, 45, from Johor, extended his stay here after attending a business event just to attend the three-day programme held at the National Stadium compound in Bukit Jalil.
“I came from Johor Baru to attend an event on Thursday. I extended my stay to check this event out and see what the government has achieved in the past one year,” he said.
Chau said he came across several government agencies that he was not familiar with and learned a lot about their functions.
He said he even found out that he had unclaimed money from the government after visiting a booth.
He said the carnival would benefit society and should be organised in other states as well.
“If not at each state, maybe at the regional level, so that more people can benefit from it,” he added.
Soosaynathan Silvaraju, 52, from Bukit Jalil, said he dropped by with his wife and son to see what was happening at the event and came across a lot of new things.
“If I didn’t come here, I wouldn’t have learnt about the services provided by some government agencies.
“For example, I came to know there is an app where you can identify fake or real medicines.
“I think the event should be carried out throughout Malaysia so that all the people can benefit from it,” he added.
For university student Nurul Afifah Zafirah Kamaruzzaman, 22, the event was an opportunity to survey for a future career.
“I came to search for job opportunities in the software engineering field.
“This programme is great for students like me who are still exploring a possible career.”
Nurul Afifah also hoped that similar events can be organised in the future.
With a target of 200,000 visitors, the programme is aimed at increasing public awareness and understanding of the government’s direction and goals.
It also features a career carnival with over 5,000 vacancies available.
Performance Acceleration Coordination Unit (Pacu) executive director Ahmad Jefry Aziz @ Adan said a total of 63 private companies are taking part in the career carnival, supported by the Social Security Organisation and Public Services Commission.
Various services are also available at the programme, including counters set up by the police and Road Transport Department (JPJ) to pay traffic summonses.
It includes Rahmah Cash Aid registration counters and the Cuti-Cuti Cikgu holiday programme as well as counters for unclaimed money.
Muralidaran Radakrishnan, 37, from Bandar Sunway had his old helmet exchanged at the JPJ counter, which attracted motorists on the first day of the programme.
He said he also attended the agency’s counter to register for the MyLesen programme for the B40 group.
Another visitor, Muhammad Syah, 26, took the opportunity to pay his JPJ summons at a discounted rate.
He said the event is a good initiative as it would close the gap between the government and the public.
The three-day programme, from 9am to 10pm, will focus on three components, namely the achievement showcase, the people’s touchpoint service and the people’s well-being initiatives.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is scheduled to close the programme tomorrow.