KUALA LUMPUR – The Communications and Multimedia Ministry needs to make thorough preparation to help the public face natural disasters like floods which are expected to hit the country by year-end.
Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said this was because the ministry was seen as an important front liner to resolve the problem of natural disasters effectively.
For this, he said the ministry’s staff should enhance cooperation with other relevant departments, agencies and divisions which would benefit them and give them an advantage in the future.
“Sometimes we are tied to directives from the top. However, each one of us needs to play a role as a leader to solve the problem.
“Therefore, we (ministry employees) need to position ourselves among leaders so as to make an impact on the people we are assisting,” he said when delivering a message at the ministry’s monthly assembly at Angkasapuri, here on Monday.
Ahmad Shabery added that leadership qualities need to be strengthened with certain skills and capabilities to play a part in resolving problems effectively.
“Times of disaster will give them a chance to exhibit leadership in managing the needs of victims or highlighting Malaysia to the world,” he said.
For example, Ahmad Shabery commended Information Department officer Jagjit Singh who professionally conducted a special news conference on the MH370 and MH17 tragedy and managed to control a tense situation following provocative questions thrown by the foreign media.
“International journalists came to find fault and put down Malaysia so that it will be labeled as an inefficient country.
“We must applaud Jagjit on his role and can be made the ministry’s icon for the way he handled the news conference, which also led Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein to think that Jagjit was an outsourced consultant,” he said. – BERNAMA