Ministry to develop guide on social issues

Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING: Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry, through Sarawak Social Development Council, is planning to develop a guide on issues such as homelessness, mental health, domestic violence and sexual crime.

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

Through the development of State Social Development Information Management System (SDIMS), Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the guide would enable agencies to develop social investment, analyse and measure the effectiveness of the implementation of the actions.

“MPS will enhance its e-Data Social System capability and by conducting a Social Needs Analysis, this will help us to identify those who need our help and related agencies to work closely with these targeted groups,” she said at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday.

With the development of such toolkits, she said this could help MPS understand a particular issue holistically.

“Strategic plan is necessary that will help us to understand the issue and address the focus group at risk to vulnerable environment,” she added.

Stressing the importance of collaborative efforts from grassroots level, Fatimah added MPS would be utilising rigorous data and evidence-based feedback as part of its indicator on the effectiveness of its engagement.

“For example, the results of the State Wellbeing Index Research that is expected to be completed by October this year.

“Various evidence-based inputs and policy, alongside engagement with academicians, NGOs and stakeholders as well as community will be able to help us to create more positive and sustained the changes for those targeted group,” she said.