Sunday, 18 December 2011

Summer project can turn Samarahan into tourist spot

December 18, 2011

KUCHING: Housing Assistant Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believes the Summer Mixed Development Project to be completed by 2013 can turn Samarahan into a tourist spot.

The project comprising shopping mall, water theme park, studio apartments and hotel would attract tourists, particularly from the Peninsula, Abdul Karim said at the soft launch of the project here on Friday night.

Abdul Karim, who is also Asajaya assemblyman and Assistant Minister for Youth Development, was representing Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the project was timely given the growing population in Samarahan.

“Many Kuchingites have negative perception of Samarahan and don’t bother to come here. The Summer Mixed Development Project could become a signature landmark to attract many Kuchingites to Samarahan instead of beaches,” he said.

He lauded Tetap Majumas Sdn Bhd for deciding to develop the project.

“This is definitely a bold move. Only those who are daring enough could see the potential of Samarahan and early birds get the best.”

Christmas cheer for 160 less fortunate children

December 18, 2011

IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS: Abdul Karim and Liew with all seven representatives from the societies and associations at the eighth Annual Christmas Party 2011 at the Hills Shopping mall.
KUCHING: Bringing Christmas joy to more than 160 less fortunate children was the least Insurance Society of Sarawak (PIS) could do – they were treated to a Christmas party at the Hills Shopping Mall yesterday.

The children were from Sarawak Cheshire Home, Sarawak Association for the Welfare of Intellectually Disabled Children (Perkata), Salvation Army Children’s Home, Salvation Army Boy’s Home, Kuching Autistic Association, Sarawak Children Cancer Society and Sarawak Thalassemia Society.

They were accompanied to the party by their guardians.

“This is a very meaningful event which is greatly appreciated by the state government,” said Assistant Minister of Social Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who officiated at the event. He said a part of our society had the misfortune to go through lives without parents or the use of limbs.

“Every child is an asset to the state and should be treated equally,” said Abd Karim while urging more individuals to help those who are less fortunate.

Abd Karim, who is also the Assistant Minister of Housing, stressed that these less fortunate children should be properly guided to become part of society and grow up to be useful citizens.

Meanwhile, PIS president Dato Patrick Liew said: “A little giving goes a long way in making a difference especially when it can light up a smile in the children’s faces.”

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Sarawak has huge agriculture potential, says Abd Karim

December 17, 2011 

THANK YOU: Abdul Karim (left) presents a souvenir to Mohamad Sahfri at the dinner.

KUCHING: Sarawak’s vast land mass offers huge potential in the agricultural sector, particularly the oil palm plantation industry.

Housing Assistant Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that with the ever-increasing demand in the oil palm industry, foreign business entities are invited to invest in the state.

“Sarawak still has many land plots which can be developed into oil palm plantations and therefore those interested might do so by having a joint venture with local companies and individuals,” Abdul Karim elaborated.

He was speaking at a dinner to welcome delegates from an integration visit by the committee of unity and non-governmental bodies of Pahang on Thursday night.

According to him, foreign investors’ interest in the oil palm industry can be seen from the involvement of the Melaka Foundation that has invested in 43,000 acres of land.

On another matter, Abdul Karim described the development of the state central region through the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) as a strategic mission to develop the state into a modern industrial state.

He added that with around 2.6 million people from 28 ethnic groups, the state had succeeded in maintaining peace, harmony and unity as all ethnic groups were not marginalised.

Galeri: Touring a housing project in Batu Gong, Siburan

December 17, 2011

DOING INSPECTION: Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg (front row, second left) tours the housing project with (from left)  Dato Sri Celestine Ujang Jilan, Abdul Karim and others.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Galeri: Durian Banquet and Charity

December 14, 2011

DELIGHTFUL FEAST: (From left) Visitors at the Durian Banquet and Charity function Jones Voon, MPP chairman Lo Kher Chiang, Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim, Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, along with Mew Yeh Nursery's directors Voon Fui Pin and Jenny Voon.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

SUPP needs to remain united, says Abdul Karim

December 10, 2011


KUCHING: The Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) must remain united so that it can be a formidable force for the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the upcoming parliamentary election.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the latest developments in SUPP were a cause for concern.

“It is embarrassing. Splitting themselves is not the solution. How are they going to face the coming general election if they are not united? Those who’ve held the post for long should step down and give the chance to younger people to be the party leaders.

“Nothing can’t be solved. They should sit down and talk properly to solve the problems together,” the Assistant Minister of Youth Development told reporters after an appreciation ceremony at the Radio Televisyen Malaysia auditorium Thursday.

Meanwhile, the appreciation ceremony was to reward 32 RTM staff who were retiring and to acknowledge 36 outstanding staff members.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Sokong bakal calon BN diberi markah

December 1, 2011

KUCHING: Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah bersetuju dengan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak memberi markah bonus terhadap bakal calon Barisan Nasional (BN) yang aktif dalam menggunakan teknologi komunikasi di alam maya.

Abdul Karim bagaimanapun berkata, kriteria utama dalam memilih calon boleh menang pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) Ke-13 ini kelak ialah seseorang yang berjiwa rakyat, berpendidikan, berketerampilan baik, bermoral dan bijak memimpin.

Tegas beliau aktif menggunakan Facebook atau Twitter tidak wajar dijadikan kriteria utama tetapi memadai ia diberi markah bonus, terutama sesuai dengan situasi di Sarawak.

“Saya sependapat dan setuju dengan pandangan Perdana Menteri. Pengetahuan IT amat penting dan mesti menjadi prasyarat untuk menjadi pemimpin,” katanya ketika dihubungi, semalam.

Mengulas lanjut, Abdul Karim berkata masih banyak kawasan yang tidak ada kemudahan teknologi komunikasi dan maklumat di Sarawak.

“Di Sarawak masih banyak lagi kawasan yang tidak ada kemudahan IT dan tidak dapat dihubungi melalui pesanan ringkas, e-mel, Internet jadi macam mana hendak berfacebook,” katanya.

Baru-baru ini Najib berkata, antara kriteria calon boleh menang BN adalah mereka yang diterima oleh generasi baharu yang merupakan penentu PRU akan datang.