Info Department reaches out to more rural communities

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BELAIT

THE Information Department will continue to service rural communities in Brunei through their Personal Contact programme which has seen 59 visits since 2013.

Acting Deputy Director of Information Department Hjh Noorashidah Hj Aliomar yesterday said that the organisation – as the government’s “ears, voice and eyes” – could not solely rely on print or letters to source and spread information, but needed to make face to face meetings with the community a priority.

“The Information Department will continue to expand its reach through its district branches by readying programmes not just for those from the city and towns, but also those from more inner, rural areas,” said Hjh Noorashidah during the department’s 63rd anniversary celebrations in Belait yesterday.

In 2014, the Information Department also reached out to over 1,000 students at secondary schools and higher learning instutions, as part of their Nationalism Briefing Programme.

“As these students represent the future leaders of our society, they need to understand deeply the concept of Malay Muslim Monarchy (MIB) as a philosophy which can overcome any obstacle or challenge that is faced,” she added.

A discussion was also held yesterday afternoon, focusing on the theme ‘Pelita Brunei remains relevant’, with panelists including Acting Director of Information Awg Mawardi Hj Mohammad and Senior Officer at Information Department Sastra Sarini Hj Juaini.

To mark the celebrations, a number of exhibitions will also be on display until Saturday at Taman Persiaran, Kuala Belait.

These include booths showcasing the department’s history as well as products from villages in Belait.

The Brunei Times