Mohammad Ali (centre) waving the flag with other guests at the event.

SAMARAHAN: The Community Action Programme (CAP) in the Info on Wheels (IOW) tour organised by the Information Department (JaPen) Sarawak is a facilitating medium and platform to improve communication with the local community, while enabling the government to convey policies and aspirations to be implemented for the target groups.

Stakan assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohammad Ali Mahmud said this during the JaPen IOW ceremony–CAP programme and Merdeka@Community programme for Samarahan District at Kampung Stakan Melayu on Saturday.

He said that IOW such as the CAP programme was very much in line with two-way government-community relations, to ensure that only the right needs were implemented in order to avoid wastage of national funds.

Touching on Malaysia Day which will be celebrated soon, Mohammad Ali urged the people to reflect on the efforts of past local leaders in the formation of Malaysia in 1963 by bringing the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak, and Sabah towards forming political and economic cooperation through the Federation of Malaysia.

He added that the spirit of unity in Malaysia will continue to unite the people regardless of race, religion, culture, or political beliefs. He said that within this diversity there was a foundation of unity and solidarity.

To invigorate the spirit of love for the nation, a ceremony was held to present the Jalur Gemilang to community leaders of various races.

As of Sept 9, JaPen has implemented a total of 517 IOW Merdeka programmes in 612 locations and 55 Merdeka@Community programmes throughout Sarawak.

Also present at the ceremony were Samarahan District Officer Annuar Daan, Ajes Tuah representing the JaPen Sarawak director, Samarahan District Information Officer Abdul Latip Samsudin, department heads, and local community leaders.