Hamdiah second right) receives a souvenir from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Empowerment and Consumerism Section head Mohammad Dzulkiflie Pathi, Mohammad Dzulkuflie Pathi as others look on.

MUKAH: The mass media has an important role to play in the development of a country, said Mukah Resident Hamdiah Bakir.

Alluding to the saying “a pen is sharper than a sword”, she added that the media could change the people’s opinions through its reports.

Hamdiah was speaking at an appreciation dinner that the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs  threw for the local media at a leading hotel here on Tuesday (Nov 17).

She pointed out that the media also acted as a link for the government to get closer to the people and helped the ministry to disseminate any issues on consumerism.

Hamdiah said that the media and Gerakan Pengguna Bahagian (GPB) Mukah could also help strengthen the ties between the federal and state governments.

She added that even though the information technology was getting more sophisticated now with the advent of social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instgram and Twitter   in diseminating information, the  conventional media still had important role to play  in verifying the authencity of the reports.