Utilise new media platform to spread info on SST

Suhaila Shahrul Annuar

PUTRAJAYA: Agencies under the Communications and Multimedia Ministry must take advantage of the new media platform to spread information on the Sales and Services Tax (SST).

Communications and Multimedia Ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Dr Mohd Ali Mohamad Nor said it was common knowledge that the new media platform had more users and had become a key point of reference to get the latest information.

“Information can also be circulated faster and will reach out to wider audience via the new media platform.

“In this respect, all departments and agencies under the ministry should up their efforts to disseminate information on SST and explain to the people especially the youths about it through the social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube,” he said in his speech at the launch of a special briefing session on SST for about 600 ministry staff of various agencies.

Ali also said the ministry’s departments and agencies had their own resources to further boost the efforts in dispersing information related to SST to the people.

“For instance, the Malaysia Broadcast Department (RTM) and Berita Nasional Malaysia (Bernama) have far outreach in disseminating information through various approaches and programmes including putting together talk shows which can be aired via the television, radio and providing online news.”

The Information Department, he added, adopted various approaches including advocating, outreaching and briefing to provide the public with information on SST.

“The move is crucial in building a positive perception among the public regarding the SST, so that they can understand and accept the tax regime,” said Ali. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd