Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Pakatan’s latest proposal yet another empty promise — Karim

KUCHING: Pakatan Rakyat’s proposal to remove excise duties imposed on vehicles in order to slash its prices was concocted just to ‘demonise’ the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said yesterday that Pakatan were experts in making promises, but none of it had ever materialised.

“Pakatan has raised issues such as abolishing PTPTN loan and that varsity education should be free. They also promised a 20 per cent oil royalty to Sabah and Sarawak if they were to take over the federal government.

“They also promised a Dayak chief minister for the state and a deputy prime minister post from both East Malaysian states. They even promise that the country will become a welfare state.

“They promise pay increase, they promise, promise, promise! Of course, all laymen would love these promises. But my question is what happened to those promises made before the 12th general election?

“To date, their promises have not been fulfilled,” said Abdul Karim, who is also assistant minister of youth development, when contacted by The Borneo Post yesterday.

He was asked to comment on PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli’s recent statement that Pakatan would abolish excise duty on cars as part of its election promises. Recently, Pakatan had also promised to abolish PTPTN loans as well.

Karim: Pengawa betanam betupi ulih ngeraup untung

SIBU: Bumai betupi diatu udah begamal baru seraya pekebun moden ulih ngeraup untung besai enti sida sanggup ngereja tanah.

Sapit Menteri Pemansang Orang Ubas Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah madahka pengawa bekebun diatu udah berubah ari menya.

“Kitai ulih mujur nyadi pekebun baru nyema sanggup masuk bidang tu. Pengawa betanam betupi ulih meri penguntung,” ku iya nengah pesan jaku pandak (sms).

Karim, ti mega Kaban Kunsil Nengeri Asajaya ditanya sekalika diatu raban nembiak deka agi gawa dalam airkon ari ke ngereja tanah.

Sapit menijing direktor KTS Group of Companies, Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming udah nebah penemu ba jaku iya minggu nyin tadi ba “Young Potential Development Program for Plantation Management”.

Karim setuju ba penemu nembiak deka agi gawa di opis ari ke neranting tulang ngelaban panas.

“Gaya pengidup ke diatu, sereta jalai apai indai enggau ketuai menua meri timbang ba penyulut akademik nyadika kayu depa pemujur dalam pengidup udah nempa anggap pengawa betanam betupi nya karier ke kurang setindit.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Farming a lucrative industry, says assistant minister

SIBU: Agriculture has taken on a new facet, enabling modern farmers to reap good returns if they are prepared to toil the field.

Saying this was Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who pointed out that farming methods were not as what they were before.

“We can be very successful as a modern farmer if we are willing to indulge into it. Agriculture and being a farmer can bring ‘good returns’,” he said via sms.

Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, was asked on the notion that these days youth preferred to work in the comfort of an air-conditioned environment than to toil under the sun.

The matter was brought up by deputy managing director of KTS group of companies Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming in his speech last week at the ‘Young Potential Development Programme for Plantation Management’.

In reply, Karim figured there might be some truth to it.

“The present lifestyle, career, outlook and the way parents, society and leaders portray academic excellence as the gauge for success in life has created a perception that tilling the farm and agriculture is a substandard career.

“Many do not want to be associated with it and modern youths do not want to treat it as a career,” he observed.

Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee concurred with the view, saying that youths preferred the more relaxed environment. Dr Annuar, however, was quick to point out that they needed to climb the corporate ladder to move up the office hierarchy.

“But in agriculture, your return will depend on your own effort. Therefore, the return can increase very fast if you double your efforts,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jemoreng assemblyman Abu Seman Jahwie noted the growing potential of agriculture.

“Youths should take every opportunity to venture into farming to carve a living or make a career out of it,” said Abu Seman, who is a political secretary to the chief minister.

Lau was reported to have said that agriculture, including oil palm plantation, was a growing industry that required a lot of manpower.

He also said while population kept increasing agricultural land was not growing.

This, he figured, partially soared up the demand for food, making agriculture a very important contributor to the state’s economy.

No cement price hike in S’wak – Abdul Karim

BINTULU: The price of cement in Sarawak will stay put. Assistant Minister of Housing Abdul Karim Hamzah gave this assurance at the Sheda Home and Property Roadshow here on Saturday.

He said reports in national dailies that the price of cement could go up by RM1 per 50 kg bag and RM20 per metric tonne was applicable only to the peninsula, and not in Sarawak.

“This (price hike) is not true, and is not happening in Sarawak. We won’t worsen the current situation by increasing the price of cement,” Abdul Karim said.

Meanwhile, CMS Cement Sdn Bhd, Sarawak’s sole cement producer and manufacturer, also gave an assurance that they would not be raising the price of cement as they respected the Malaysian Competition Act.

It added that they would not engage in price discussions with any Malaysian cement producers.

Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad group managing director Datuk Richard Curtis said CMS Cement had always remained committed to the socio-economic wellbeing of the state.

“Even though cement production in Sarawak poses a logistical challenge due to terrain, raw materials and geographical population spread, we will not be increasing our prices.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Sports museum to honour sporting heroes

KUCHING: The move to establish a sports museum here in Sarawak has received warm response from state politicians, sports officials and sports personalities alike.

The sports museum was the brainchild of The Borneo Post and the fi rst of its kind here.

According to Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Hamzah, it is timely that the state finally has a sports museum to celebrate and honour the sporting heroes of Sarawak.

He commented that the idea of a sports museum is very much welcomed and congratulated The Borneo Post for coming up with the initiative.

It will be a useful source of inspiration and reminder for the generations to come on the important landmarks in Sarawak’s sports history.

“The sports museum is the place for us to keep our rich sporting history for the younger and later generations to see.

In this case, the Sarawak Sports Museum would be a place for our present and future generations to see who has contributed to sports glory and bring up the name of Sarawak in the national and international stage,” he said.

Kementerian cari jalan stabilkan harga rumah di Bintulu

BINTULU: Kementerian Perumahan akan memantau dan mengenal pasti pendekatan yang boleh diambil untuk menstabilkan harga rumah di Bahagian Bintulu sekali gus meng-elakkannya daripada terus me-ningkat.

Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia (Bandar) dan Menteri Muda Perumahan, Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, hakikatnya purata harga rumah dan sewa rumah di Bintulu adalah paling tinggi berban-ding bandar-bandar utama lain seperti Kuching, Miri dan Sibu.

Katanya, terdapat pro dan kontra mengenai harga tersebut, namun kenaikan itu berpunca daripada beberapa sebab, antaranya pembangunan pesat bandar Bintulu sendiri dan pusat bagi pelaksanaan projek-projek Koridor Tenaga Diperbaharui Sarawak (SCORE).

“Daripada sebuah kampung nelayan terpencil, Bintulu seperti apa yang dapat dilihat hari ini menjadi bandar yang sangat pantas membangun di Sarawak,” ujarnya semasa me-rasmikan Jerayawara Perumahan dan Hartanah Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan dan Hartanah Sarawak (SHEDA) di Hotel Parkcity Everly sema-lam. Jerayawara akan berakhir hari ini.

Abdul Karim berkata, pembangunan Bintulu amat pesat, justeru permintaan pasaran rumah turut meningkat.

“Ada pemaju tidak gembira dengan keadaan itu (pengurangan harga rumah), namun begitu di samping membina rumah yang lebih baik, pemaju juga perlu sedar mengenai tanggungjawab mereka kepada masyarakat dengan membina rumah yang mampu dimiliki,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, pemaju perlu melaksanakan lebih banyak program bagi memastikan penduduk mampu memiliki rumah yang lebih baik.

Don’t focus only on profits, developers urged

July 29, 2012

UPCOMING PROJECT: Sheda vice-president and Bintulu branch liaison chairman Troy Yaw (second left) briefing Abdul Karim on the Bintulu Commerce Square project at Parkcity Commercial Centre as Sheda president Zaidi Ahmad (left) and others look on.
BINTULU: Housing developers in the state are urged not to just focus on profit margins but also focus on their social responsibility towards the community.

In saying this, Assistant Minister of Housing Abdul Karim Hamzah added that house developers should construct houses that meet the needs and expectations of consumers.

“Developers are also instrumental in determining the safety of the master plan. I hope they will have good ideas and innovation to build places with a soul,” he said.

He said this when officiating at the opening ceremony of Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) Home and Property Roadshow Bintulu 2012 at the ParkCity Everly Hotel yesterday.

He was representing Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The three-day event from Friday till today is said to be the biggest property event held in Bintulu every year.

Abdul Karim also admitted the prices of houses in Bintulu were escalating compared to other developing areas in the state due to the drastic growth of Bintulu division in recent years.

Friday, 27 July 2012

‘PR’s stand on auto policy just a ploy to win election’

July 27, 2012

KUCHING: Lawmakers from state Barisan Nasional (BN) see the latest announcement by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) that it will completely revamp the National Automotive Policy (NAP) should it win Putrajaya in the coming general election as just another of their tactics to hoodwink the people.

On Tuesday, PKR chief strategist Rafizi Ramli told a press conference that the NAP revamp would include slashing hefty excise duties and reducing the triple-tax burden imposed on cars in the country.

Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah called such tactic as ‘dangling a carrot’ to deceive Malaysians who generally love cars.

The Assistant Minister of Youth Development and PBB supreme council member also said it was usual for the opposition to promise ‘the sky’ before every election just to win voters over.

The strategy, he said, was nothing new and was used by the opposition during the 2008 general election.

“After the election, they get evasive when confronted on their promises or put the blame on the federal government or BN state government in power.

“Now, election is coming again and the same cycle of empty promises is coming again from PR. Even in states controlled by PR like Penang, Selangor, almost all their promises then have not been fulfilled,” he said.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wong Judat main ‘kayu tiga’

Pengawa iya ningkilka diri ari SPDP lalu masuk SWP baka ke nadai ngembuan kredibiliti ti tegap nyadi kaban politik

KUCHING: Kaban Kunsil Besai Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah nyema ke ulah Kaban Kunsil Nengeri (ADUN) Meluan, Wong Judat baka main kayu tiga.

Nya berindik ari Judat ti ningkilka diri ari Parti Demokratik Progresif Sarawak (SPDP) lalu masuk Parti Pengereja Pengawa Sarawak (SWP).

Taja pia ku iya ti nyadi Menteri Muda Pengawa Berumah enggau Pemansang Nembiak madah, rayat ti nentuka penuduk enggau kuing pengari rayat nya ba pengawa bepilih ila.

“Dalam konteks Barisan Nasional (BN) kitai patut nitihka prinsip enggau juluk parti, tang ukai nitihka peneka diri,” ku iya bejaku ngagai pemberita ditu, kemari.

Abdul Karim madah pemutus Judat ti pansut ari parti nya nunjukka iya nadai ngembuan kredibiliti ti tegap nyadi kaban politik ke mentas enggau rayat.

Bebendar iya madah pemutus Judat nya tentu nadai disukung rayat lebih agi penyukung BN ba sitak (Meluan) ke dipegai iya.

Tindakan Judat keluar SPDP, sertai SWP tidak bermaruah

KUCHING: Tindakan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Meluan Wong Judat keluar Parti Demokratik Progresif Sarawak (SPDP) dan menyertai Parti Perja Sarawak (SWP) adalah tidak bermaruah.

Ahli Majlis Tertinggi Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata sebaliknya tindakan Judat itu seperti bermain kayu tiga.

Abdul Karim yang juga Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Pembangunan Belia, berkata rakyat akan menentukan kedudukan dan masa depan wakil rakyat terbabit pada pilihan raya nanti.

“Dalam konteks Barisan Nasional (BN) kita perlu akur dengan prinsip-prinsip dan perjuangan parti, bukannya mengikut kehendak diri sendiri,” katanya kepada pemberita di sini semalam.

Abdul Karim berkata tindakan Judat keluar parti itu ternyata tidak memiliki kredibiliti yang unggul sebagai seorang ahli politik berjiwa rakyat.

Beliau menegaskan, tindakan Judat itu pastinya tidak dapat diterima oleh rakyat terutama penyokong-penyokong kuat BN di kawa-sannya.

“Sebagai rakan, saya berharap Judat dapat melihat secara umum situasi politik dan berfikir semasak-masak-nya sebelum beliau membuat keputusan drastik untuk keluar parti (SPDP),” katanya.

Keputusan mahkamah bukti kehakiman M’sia telus, bebas

KUCHING: Pembangkang yang sering mendakwa mahkamah di Malaysia sebagai tidak adil dan menerima campur tangan kerajaan kini wajar menarik balik prasangka buruk itu.

Ini berikutan perkembangan terbaharu, apabila Mahkamah Tinggi semalam membatalkan perintah Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein pada 1 Julai tahun lepas yang mengisytiharkan Bersih 2.0 sebagai pertubuhan haram.

Mengulas mengenai perkara itu, Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata keputusan mahkamah itu menunjukkan badan kehakiman di Malaysia adalah telus dan bebas daripada pengaruh pihak lain.

“Pembangkang terutama Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim selalu mengutuk dan menuduh mahkamah Malaysia ikut telunjuk pemimpin BN.

“Tetapi apabila mereka menang atau keputusan mahkamah menyebelahi mereka, mereka senyap,” katanya ketika dihubungi, semalam.

Justeru beliau berharap rakyat dapat menilai sikap pembangkang dengan mendalam.

“Kita berharap rakyat dapat melihat kerenah pembangkang yang hipokrit dan hanya tahu memburuk-burukkan kerajaan,” katanya.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Young generation to play bigger roles in country’s development — Karim

SIBU: The young generation are poised to play bigger roles in the present and future development of the country.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in saying this added Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had recently said the young people had an important role to play in helping the government to formulate policies, strategies and programmes to create the nation’s development agendas.

Karim described Muhyiddin’s view as reflecting how the BN government saw the important role of youths in the present and future development of the nation.

“We want to see youths playing a role in charting the direction to where we are leading as it is the present youth who would be inheriting the leadership in the future,” Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, told The Borneo Post through an SMS.

He also felt the move reflects the government’s effort in strengthening the role of the youths.

He was asked on Muhyiddin’s call for the younger generation to help the government formulate policies and strategies for national development.

Muhyiddin was quoted to have said the government had always wanted to understand the aspirations of the young people in Malaysia, their thoughts about national issues and their views on how to better manage the country’s economy.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Galeri: Majlis Penyerahan Van Jenazah Sumbangan BSN

July 21, 2012

IKHLAS: Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais (lima kiri) menerima kunci van jenazah daripada Naib Presiden Kanan BSN Sarawak Rosman Ramlan disaksikan yang lain di Kota Samarahan.

Galeri: New technology - Interlocking bricks

July 21, 2012

NEW TECHNOLOGY: (From left ) Abdul Karim, Dr Abang Abdul Rauf and Abang Johari take a close look at interlocking bricks. -Source

CHARA BARU: (Ari Kiba) Karim, Abang Johari enggau Dr Rahman beratika ‘interlocking bricks’ ti deka dikena ngaga projek rumah di Sarawak. -Source

Friday, 20 July 2012

Galeri: Handing over of keys to RMR owners

July 20, 2012

HAPPY RECIPIENTS: (From sixth left) Rosey, Abang Johari and Ahmad Lai pose with the house owners of RMR Kampung Menjelin in Bekenu.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

DRe1M to strengthen youths’ role — Karim

SIBU: Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah lauded the Prime Minister’s announcement on ‘Dana Sukarelawan 1Malaysia’ (DRe1M) as a move to further strengthen youths’ role in nation building.

Describing this as a step forward, he said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s announcement reflected the government’s effort to mould a new generation of youth that are caring, progressive and forward looking.

“What PM has announced is a reflection that all sectors of the society, including the youth are not forgotten by the BN government.

“The government acknowledges the important role of youth in nation building and seeks to mould a new generation of youth that are caring, progressive and forward looking,” Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, told The Borneo Post through an SMS recently.

He was asked on Najib’s announcement of several special incentives for youths in the country.

According to Bernama, a special fund or DRe1M would be set up with an allocation of RM100 million for the benefit of youth organisations, non-governmental organisations and youth groups who are not members of any organisation, to carry out beneficial programmes.

Najib was reported to have said the fund was meant for youths to carry out voluntary activities like ‘gotong-royong’, cleaning up beaches, and so on.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Karim tells Baru don't be arrogant and stop thinking BN YBs are cheap

KUCHING: Leaders from PBB and SUPP have thrown the gauntlet to state PKR chief Baru Bian to reveal the names of BN elected representatives whom he claimed were keen to join Pakatan Rakyat (Pakatan) in the coming general election.

PBB Supreme Council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he believed Baru was ‘day dreaming’ for making the claim while state BN Youth chairman Datuk Fadillah Yusof and SUPP Youth chief Tan Kai challenged Baru to show proof as Pakatan possessed a credibility problem.

“I cannot answer for the elected representatives from BN Sabah, but if Baru Bian and Pakatan think that there are elected representatives from BN Sarawak who want to join the opposition in the coming election or contest under Pakatan ticket, he is only day dreaming,” said Abdul Karim when contacted yesterday.

On Tuesday, Baru, who is also Ba’Kelalan assemblyman, claimed that some BN elected representatives from Sabah and Sarawak were keen to jump ship as they were not happy with some BN policies.

Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development, likened Pakatan to a half-sinking ship without a true captain because all its partners – PKR, DAP and PAS – had their own agenda.

“Does Baru Bian think that elected representatives from BN are so stupid as to want to board such a ship?” asked Abdul Karim, who is also Asajaya assemblyman.

He advised Baru not to be “so arrogant”, and to stop thinking that BN elected representatives were “cheap”.

Karim kata Jangan Cakap Sahaja !

“Kalau Baru Bian dan pakatan pembangkang fikir ada YB BN Sarawak yang nak lompat parti atau bertanding guna tiket PR, beliau hanya mimpi pada siang hari.” Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah 

KUCHING: Dedahkan nama jika benar ada wakil rakyat BN yang akan menyertai parti-parti pembangkang.

Itu cabaran oleh Ketua Pemuda Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Datuk Fadillah Yusof yang ditujukan kepada Ketua PKR Sarawak Baru Bian yang mendakwa demikian.

Sambil membayangkan itu satu penipuan PKR, Fadillah yang juga Timbalan Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi ketika dihubungi semalam berkata:“Berulang lagi siri drama 16 September bila mana mereka mengumumkan akan mengambil alih kerajaan persekutuan. Kalau benar dedahkan nama mereka.”

Jika tidak didedahkan nama katanya dakwaan itu bermakna semata-mata strategi PKR untuk meraih keyakinan rakyat agar menyokong serta mengundi parti pembangkang pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13) kelak.

Sementara itu, Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata wakil rakyat BN tidak semurah itu untuk menyertai pakatan pembangkang.

“Kalau Baru Bian dan pakatan pembangkang fikir ada YB BN Sarawak yang nak lompat parti atau bertanding guna tiket PR, beliau hanya mimpi pada siang hari,” katanya.

Pakatan pembangkang umpama kapal yang tidak diketahui siapa juragan yang sebenar, katanya merujuk kepada Ketua Umum PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang dan Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Renang sumbang sebutir emas

July 9, 2012

“Saya cukup gembira dengan permulaan kontinjen kita di kolam renang. Ia adalah permulaan yang positif dan cukup memuaskan." -Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

EMAS RENANG PERTAMA: Erika Kong sedang beraksi dalam acara akhir 400 meter rampaian individu wanita di Kuantan semalam.
KUANTAN: Erika Kong menepati ramalan apabila menyumbang sebutir pingat emas menerusi acara 400 meter rampaian individu wanita di Kolam Renang Wisma Belia di sini, petang semalam (Ahad).

Ia merupakan acara yang paling diminati Erika yang merupakan perenang kebangsaan dan beliau tidak menghadapi sebarang masalah untuk meninggal jauh pencabar-pencabar lain.

Rakan sepasukan Erika, Angela Chieng bagaimanapun hanya memungut pingat gangsa dalam acara 200 meter gaya bebas wanita.

Dalam acara 200 meter gaya bebas lelaki, Welson Sin meraih pingat perak.

Carlysle Chan menambah pungutan gangsa Sarawak dengan dalam acara terjuan 3 meter papan anjal.

Kejayaan Sarawak di arena akuatik mendapat pujian daripada Timbalan Ketua Kontinjen 1 Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“Saya cukup gembira dengan permulaan kontinjen kita di kolam renang. Ia adalah permulaan yang positif dan cukup memuaskan.

Galeri: Press Conference on SUKMA's progress

July 9, 2012

Good Outing: Datuk Lee Kim Shin (second from right) gestures at the press conference while his deputies (from left) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Affandi Keli and Snowdan Lawan look on.

Friday, 6 July 2012

‘RON97 petrol price cut no polls gimmick’

KUCHING: The government’s decision to reduce the retail price of RON97 petrol by another 20 sen to RM2.60 per litre is not an election gimmick, says Assistant Minister of Social Development (Youth) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“The announcement has nothing to do with the general election. It reflects an honest and transparent government. If the government is not honest and transparent, it would just continue selling the item at higher price and reap more profit which I think the Pakatan Rakyat government might do that if it were in power,” Abdul Karim said yesterday.

The Asajaya assemblyman noted that everyone knew that the prices of global crude oil had dropped considerably lately and this was reflected in the price of RON97 which had fluctuated according to the global crude oil prices.

State PKR vice-chairman See Chee How meanwhile said the price reduction did not really benefit the motorists because only about 10 per cent of them were using RON97.

He said that since most motorists were using RON95 the Batu Lintang assemblyman suggested that its price should be reduced.

State DAP chairman Wong Ho Leng also said the price reduction was an election gimmick considering that election was just around the corner. He admitted though that the reduction was caused by the drop in global crude oil prices brought about by market forces.

The government announced on Wednesday that the retail price of RON97 was reduced by 20 sen to RM2.60 per litre effective yesterday.

Asil padi MR219 tiga kali lipat

Ari pansik MARDI padi tu ulih ngeluarka asil ti mayuh sereta tau diketau dalam timpuh ti pandak: Karim

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Orang bumai diansak nanam padi varieti MR219 ti ulih ngeluarka asil ti mayuh sereta tau diketau tumu agi.

Chairman Komiti Pemansang Bumai Betanam Kandang Parlimen (MPPP) Samarahan Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah madah, tebal agi orang bumai menua tu semina ulih bumai sekali setaun.

Ku iya, paung varieti MR219 ti ditemu asil pansik Institut Pemansik enggau Pemansang Betanam Betupi Malaysia (MARDI), ulih ngeluarka padi ti mayuh sereta dikereja tauka diketau dalam timpuh ti pandak.

“Tu ulih muka runding kitai senentang chara baru bumai alai kitai semina ulih bumai sekali setaun aja diatu.

“Tang bekenaka paung MR219, pengawa bumai semina dikereja dalam timpuh tiga bulan aja lalu tau diketau udah nya,”ku iya.

Iya mansutka penerang nya ba pengerami ngagihka paung varieti MR219 ngagai 1,461 orang nerima ba Dewan Suarah Kota Samarahan kemari.

“Enti sema kitai suah teulihka asil satu tauka dua tan ungkup sehektar tanah, tang paung tu tau ngemansutka asil ngagai dua tauka tiga kali lipat ari penyampau ke udah,”tandu iya.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

‘Contentment may be reason youths do not register as voters’

KUCHING: Contentment with the current political situation in the country might have contributed to the majority of youths not bothering to register as voters.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who said this yesterday, believed apathy might play a part too.

“This was probably down to the fact that youths might feel content with the existing political scenario or just do not care,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

The Asajaya assemblyman was responding to the issue that youths made up the majority of the more than 400,000 people in the state yet to register.

In other countries, youths were the ones in the forefront of the political struggle because they felt ‘victimised’ by the existing system or government.

When asked whether it was necessary for the government to come up with some sort of intervention to get youths registered as voters, Karim said democracy was about freedom of choice. Not wanting to vote or register as voters are choices.

“Our present system does not make it mandatory for all citizens to vote or register as voters.

‘Build racing track to stop illegal races’

 July 5, 2012

SIBU: Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has suggested that a special racing track be built here to get youths away from illegal races.

He was asked on ways to reduce illegal racing among youths yesterday.

However, he said the move would not solve the problem completely.

This is because he believes that when they mature and shoulder more responsibilities, the urge to ‘rempit’ or race on public roads would gradually fizzle out.

“Youths being youths need some avenues to ‘release’ their ‘excess energy’ and many have resorted to illegal racing. A way out would be to prepare a special track for them but even that will not solve the problem.

“A lot of the youths ‘rempit’ or race on public roads just for the thrill of it. But once they reach a certain age where they carry more responsibilities like being a father, family man or when they start working, and have responsibilities to carry, they will slowly phase out that ‘rempit’ life,” the Assistant Minister of Youth Development told The Borneo Post through SMS.

Last Sunday, Sibu police chief ACP Shafie Ismail warned that they would soon mount a full scale operation to shackle illegal racing.

Assistant minister encourages cyclists to improve skills

KUCHING: Cycling enthusiasts here must improve their skills in order to be able to compete with other cyclists from the state.

In giving this advice yesterday, Assistant Minister for Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah also called on avid cyclists in the state, especially youths, to continue to develop their interest and train hard so they can represent the state or country.

“I’m very happy the interest in cycling is booming among Sarawakians. What we also want from this is also for cycling enthusiasts to take on competitive cycling in the future.

“Who knows we can have someone who can represent the state in national or international events,” said Karim, who is also Sarawak Cycling Association president.

He said this when launching ‘Jom Kayuh’ programme and the launching of ‘UiTM Staff Health Book’ at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Samarahan campus.

Karim said cycling is one of the most ideal forms of transportation for university students which not only promotes health but is budget-friendly.

“During one of my visits to Europe, cycling seems to be one of the best modes of transportation in campuses. It does not only promote health, but provides ease of movement,” he said.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Pantau prestasi, masalah atlet

July 1, 2012 

Karim mahu atlet Sarawak terus fokus, tidak cetus masalah menjelang Sukma XV

KUCHING: Timbalan Ketua Kontinjen I Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) Sarawak, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah menggesa pengurus dan jurulatih kontinjen agar sentiasa memantau prestasi serta masalah yang dihadapi atlet dari masa ke semasa.

Ia adalah penting bagi memastikan para atlet sentiasa fokus dalam latihan dan tidak menimbulkan sebarang masalah menjelang Sukma XV yang tinggal enam hari lagi sebelum membuka tirainya.

“Pengurus dan jurulatih setiap pasukan harus sentiasa mengawasi masalah yang dihadapi oleh para atlet di dalam kem latihan,” jelas Abdul Karim semasa majlis pembukaan kem kontinjen Sukma di Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) semalam.

“Selain itu, mereka juga harus memantau masalah keluarga yang dihadapi oleh setiap atlet bagi memastikan mereka tidak hilang tumpuan.”

“Kita juga mahu para atlet mengekalkan disiplin yang tinggi sebelum dan semasa kejohanan ini berlangsung bagi menjaga nama baik Sarawak,” jelas Abdul Karim lagi.

Abdul Karim yang juga Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia turut menasihati para atlet agar tidak hanya memikirkan wang insentif yang bakal diterima jika meraih sebarang pingat.

Sebaliknya, mereka harus memikirkan soal mengharumkan nama negeri dan yang paling penting membawa balik kejuaraan di sini.

The great expectations on Sukma

July 1, 2012

READY FOR BATTLE: Karim and the Sarawak contingent athletes and officials chant the ‘Agi Hidup Agi Ngeleban’ slogan at the opening of the contingent camp.

KUCHING: State athletes were yesterday urged to give their very best to win gold medals and regain past glory by emerging victorious in the coming Sukma XV in Kuantan, Pahang from July 7 to 16.

Making the call was deputy chef-de-mission Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who hoped that with new leaders, team managers and coaches, Sarawak can become overall champions again.

“Victory has been very elusive to us for the past few Sukma and we were only successful in the early years. We hope that Sarawak can regain glory this year,” Karim said during the opening of the Sarawak Contingent camp at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak badminton hall yesterday.

He was representing chef-de-mission Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who is the Assistant Minister of Sports and Assistant Minister of Communications.

Karim, who is the Assistant Minister of Housing cum Assistant Minister of Social Development (Youth Development) also stressed on the importance of the roles of the team managers and coaches to monitor their athletes closely.

“We want the athletes to be in tip-top condition when they go into the battleground to win glory for us and we do not want them to have any problems be it personal, family or health because this will affect their performance drastically at the Games,” he added.

Karim said he will not condone any indiscipline in the Sarawak camp and urged the members of the state contingent to protect the image of the state while in Pahang or in Unimas.