New J-Kom DG appointment approved, says Fahmi

PUTRAJAYA: The appointment of the new Community Communications Department (J-Kom) director-general has been approved, says Fahmi Fadzil.

The Communications Minister said the ministry was in the process of making the appointment after the proposed name had been approved.

“We have finalised and confirmed this. We are just waiting to settle some administrative matters and will make the announcement once the process has been completed,” he said.

Fahmi was asked on Wednesday (Feb 7) if the new head of J-Kom had been decided on.

In November last year, its former director-general Datuk Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff vacated the post, after a video which showed a man supposed to be him having an indecent conversation with another man named “Wahab” appeared.

Claiming there was a conspiracy to sabotage his career and reputation, Mohammad Agus claimed the viral video which appeared to feature him was doctored.

Fahmi said that aside from the appointment of J-Kom’s chief, what was more important was the ministry’s plan to restructure the department to better coordinate its work, role, actions and functions.

“Once we are done with the restructuring, the department will no longer function as it had before. It will be different,” he said without revealing details.

There had been calls for J-Kom to undergo an overhaul, to give more focus on communicating and disseminating information on the government’s efforts and initiatives.

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