Grassroots leaders to play role in Informative Community Programme

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Information Department is taking a new approach to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of disseminating accurate information to communities.

Hjh Noorhijrah Hj Idris, acting head of Community Relations of the Information Department’s Nationhood and Community Division, said the department is improving its Informative Community Programme through collaboration with grassroots leaders.

Launched in 2014, the programme sees the department reaching out to the public in all districts through talks on national issues such as Vision 2035, entrepreneurship, abuse cases and other social ills.

Hjh Noorhijrah said the department is giving more options for village heads and mukim consultative councils to decide on the topics for discussion and the places they will visit.

Previously, the department determined the topics and places to be visited under the programme.

In an interview on the sidelines of the department’s mini carnival to mark its 64th anniversary, Hjh Noorhijrah said the department is distributing feedback forms to village heads nationwide on their topics of interest and suggestions for places to visit, as well as suggested dates for the briefings.

She added that in the past, there were scheduling problems with the communities.

“The first batch of these forms are already distributed and will close on May 4,” she continued.

Hjh Noorhijrah went on to say that based on the feedback, the programme will start in the second half of the year, with the department aiming to hold eight sessions in the Brunei-Muara district, four times in Belait and Tutong and twice in Temburong this year.

Launching the mini carnival at the Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday was Acting Director of Information Department Mawardi Hj Mohammad, who also presented gifts and certificates to the department’s retirees.

The mini carnival will last for three days and will continue in the other three districts later this month.

The Brunei Times