Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

KUCHING: Failure to manage public perception being widely spread via the social media can cause the people to lose faith in the government.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the social media has taken root in the mainstream media and become the medium of choice for the people.

“Some views are factual and helpful but there are also those considered as irreverent and not based on facts and truth,” he said at the Distinguished Service Award of the Community Development Department (Kemas), here Friday.

Mohd Shafie said Kemas staff are duty bound to address public perception via the social media.

His speech was read out by his deputy Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.

A total of 184 Kemas officers in Sarawak received the award. –BERNAMA