Wednesday, 19 September 2018

‘Immigration autonomy integral right of Sarawak in MA63’


KUCHING: Opposition MP, Umno stalwart and supreme council member Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz has been told to read back history books on how Malaysia was formed before making presumptions that Sarawak will lose its immigration autonomy upon gaining equal status with Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia as regions.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday said immigration autonomy is an integral right of Sarawak and there should not be any compromise on it.

“Likewise, it’s the same with the status of Sarawak as signatory to the Malaysia Agreement.

“Sarawak penned the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) with Federation of Malaya and not with Perak or any of the Malayan states,” pointed out Abdul Karim, who is Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) vice president and Asajaya assemblyman.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Assurance of equal status for Sabah, Sarawak a historic declaration — Abdul Karim

September 18, 2018

SIBU: The Prime Minister’s assurance that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government would return the status of equal partners to Sabah and Sarawak as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is a historic declaration.

In lauding the assurance, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah described it as a good step towards a greater and harmonious Malaysia.

“Definitely…this declaration is much awaited by all Sabahans and Sarawakians.

“Finally, Putrajaya has accepted the fact that Sabah and Sarawak are regions that formed Malaysia and not just mere states like the other states in Peninsular Malaysia.

Monday, 10 September 2018

‘Miss World Malaysia 2018 promotes Sarawak’



KUCHING: The final of Miss World Malaysia 2018 held here on Saturday was a good platform to promote Sarawak to the world, said Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

According to him, such events have the potential to attract more tourists to Sarawak, more so with the state declaring 2019 as Visit Sarawak Year.

“Sarawak’s tourism has benefitted from this event and I am glad the contest’s final round is held here in Sarawak. We hope to see more (such) future events held in the state future,” he said during the grand finale.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Sarawak contingent reminded of their mission in Perak


Karim (fourth left) helping Abang Johari to put on the official Sarawak contingent jacket for Sukma as (from right) Snowdan, Uggah and assistants chef-de-mission look on.
KUCHING: Sarawak athletes competing in Sukma XIX in Perak have been reminded to conduct themselves well, keep their focus or be sent home in disgrace.

The advice came from Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday.

“We don’t want to hear anyone being picked up by the police, get into fights, being reported of disciplinary issues or you will be on the next flight home,” he warned.

Abdul Karim: Get everybody involved in arts and culture


Abdul Karim (centre) receives a memento from Foo (second right) during the launch of WAK 2018 calendar of events. Looking on are (from left) Tan, Lee and Hii.
KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah wants everybody to get involved in arts and culture.

He said that it is beautiful to see young people of Kuching show their talents and turn Kuching into an exciting place.

“We can see Kuching has lots of talent. We want to see them giving back to society,” he said during the launch of the WAK 2018 calendar of events at Old Courthouse here on Wednesday.