A luncheon talk co-sponsored by Tourism Malaysia Perak and the Perak Information Department was held at Hillcity Hotel, Ipoh recently to detail the roles and responsibilities of these two government agencies to participants. Over 70 participants took part in the half-day seminar. They consisted of government officials and members of the local media. Information Department Director, Hj Muhamad Aszahari Abdul Rahman started the ball rolling with an introduction on the responsibilities of his department.
“The days of yore when the Information Department was closely identified with movies are long gone. Disseminating information today is a lot harder than in the old days,” he said. The singular role of the department is to impart information on government policies to the public. However, the advent of Information and Communication Technology has somewhat blurred the line between what is seen and what is done.
Puan Norshamshidar Abdul Rahman, Director of Tourism Malaysia Perak was next on the podium briefing the participants on tourism potentials in Perak in view of Visit Perak Year 2012. Tourism, according to Nor Shamshidar, generated almost RM37 billion in 2009, the third biggest contributor to the country’s earnings after petroleum and raw commodities. Dato’ Saarani Mohamad, Executive Councillor for Information, Farming and Rural Development closed the luncheon talk.