Saturday, 30 March 2013

Labour shortage besetting property devt industry

March 30, 2013, Saturday

KUCHING: Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) has proposed that the foreign labour market be opened to more Asian countries to address the shortage of workers in the industry.

Its secretary-general Sim Kiang Chiok lamented that the property development industry bumped into labour shortage issues ever since the implementation of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

“Many workers have moved to the SCORE area to seek jobs with higher salaries, thus leaving the rest of Sarawak with a shortage of workers.

“Sheda hopes that the state government will open up the foreign workers market to more Asian countries such as China, Burma and the Philippines, instead of mostly to Indonesia,” he said at the launch of Sheda Home and Property Road Show 2013 at Boulevard Shopping Mall here yesterday.

Assistant Minister of Housing Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah officiated at the three-day road show.

On another matter, Sim said the association still held the stand that low-cost houses should be built by the government through the contributions of income tax from all profit-making organisations.

He argued that the rising cost of construction and land prices had made it very challenging for industry players to pursue low-cost and low-cost plus housing programmes.

Take note of market change, property developers told

March 30, 2013, Saturday

KUCHING: Property developers must respond to market change by providing houses that accommodate people with different needs and preferences.

In giving the advice yesterday, Assistant Minister of Housing Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said there would be an increase in the number of single households and people living with disabilities.

“We have to listen and better understand their needs so that our houses, neighbourhoods and services within them (the neighbourhoods) provide the support they require,” he said when opening the Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Sheda) Home and Property Road Show 2013 at Boulevard Shopping Mall here.

Abdul Karim said the ministry would also ensure that some units of rental apartments were specially designed to meet the needs of the disabled and the elderly.

“For instance, the ground floor will be catered to the handicapped and those with special needs.”

He believed that more condominium projects would take place in the city in tune with the demand of the younger generation, particularly those who have resided abroad.

“Some young graduates who have lived overseas may prefer either condominiums or gated communities. There is no need for gardens and they can enjoy better security.”

Allow workforce from more Asian nations, developers urge state

The property market was expected to grow further this year following an encouraging trend last year. - Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: The migration of many workers to Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) has left other areas with workforce shortage.

Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Sheda) secretary-general Sim Kiang Chiok said the latest workforce movement had already impacted the construction industry.

“Sheda hopes that the state government will open up the foreign workforce to more Asian countries such as China, Burma and Philippines instead of mostly Indonesia.

“There are agencies such as Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), who can help to coordinate our present construction workers to be informed of the available work, for example, registering firms that require workers who are trained by the board,” he said at the opening of Sheda Home and Property Road Show at Boulevard shopping mall here yesterday.

Meanwhile guest of honour Assistant Housing Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the property market was expected to grow further this year following an encouraging trend last year.

As at third quarter of last year, he said, there was a 65% take-up rate on new launches.

“New launches themselves were up by 10 to 15% in 2011 overall, releasing pent-up demand after less than robust consumer sentiment in the previous 12 months.”

People’s housing affordability needs to be improved -Karim

ABDUL Karim (centre), assisted by SHEDA President Haji Zaidi Ahmad (left) and Secretary-General
Sim Kiang Chiok, cutting the ribbon to declare open the SHEDA Home and Property Road Show.

KUCHING: The state’s housing industry needs to improve the housing affordability for all Sarawakians, said Assistant Minister of Housing Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“This will require policies to increase the supply and diversity of new housing units and to keep pace with population growth and changes.

“In addition, the industry requires specific response to provide assistance to lower-income households to access home ownership and rental opportunities,” he said when officiating at the opening ceremony of Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers Association’s (SHEDA) Home and Property Road Show Kuching 2013 at the Boulevard Shopping Mall here, yesterday.

Abdul Karim said the state government’s vision was to achieve such goals by building the capacity and working with the private sector to adopt the right housing policies that would spark innovation and meet the needs of the people.

“Our future aim is to create affordable housing and build a capacity that responds to the changing housing needs of the people by providing choices and strengthening community resilience,” he said.

He added that the focus on environmentally sustainable construction of homes would help to reduce living costs and protect the environment as well as the quality of life.

“This extends beyond efficiency of water and energy, and includes construction materials and processes as well as the locations of our homes,” said Abdul Karim.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Galeri: Majlis Penyerahan Geran dan Penghargaan 2013

March 29, 2013

ALL THE BEST: President of Sarawak Women Hockey Association, Datin Mary Saadiah Zainuddin (left) greets Assistant Minister for Sports Datuk Lee Khim Sin after receiving the grant from Mawan (third left).

Thursday, 28 March 2013

CycleFest Sarawak 2013 starts this weekend

March 28, 2013

KUCHING: Over 200 participants are expected to take part in the CycleFest Sarawak 2013 which will be held from this Friday to Sunday at Padang Merdeka. 

Assistant Minister of Youth Development, Abdul Karim Hamzah said the annual event, which was held for the second year, aimed to promote cycling and tourism in the state and had attracted cyclists from neighbouring countries such as Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia.

“The second edition sees the introduction of multi-stage category racing for the first time to cater cyclists from different fitness levels. Participants have the opportunity to experience the tour-like racing in two stages. 

The Stage 1 Team Trial (30 March) covers a 15-km fast course in Petra Jaya, starting from the New DUN building and ends at Padang Merdeka,” he disclosed during a press conference held at Baitulmakmur building here on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, the Stage 2 Century Road Race (31March) presents a challenging 165km route that starts and ends in Padang Merdeka. The participants will be cycling through three districts (Kuching, Samarahan and Serian), which features contrasts of bustling towns and rustic villages, beautiful lush green surroundings and some technical lumpy sections. 

Thus, Karim urged members of the public, especially the road users to be considerate and cooperative during the weekends to ensure the event goes smoothly. 

He added CycleFest Sarawak 2013 offers over RM16,000 cash prizes and trophies for all categories. 

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

CycleFest Sarawak 2013 back this weekend

March 27, 2013, Wednesday

JOIN US: Abdul Karim (left) briefing reporters on the event. Also present are Sarawak Cycling Association 
vice-president Irwan Zulkarnain Hasbie (centre) and Ong. — Photo by Jeffery Mostapa.

KUCHING: The annual cycling event, CycleFest Sarawak 2013, returns for another exciting year taking cyclists on a tour-like racing adventure in two stages over the weekend.

The event will be held from this Friday until Sunday at Padang Merdeka.

During the event, some of the major roads here, Kota Samarahan and Serian will be closed.

The public especially motorists are asked to be considerate towards the cyclists.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told a press conference yesterday that the second edition will for the first time introduce a multi-stage category racing to cater to cyclists of different fitness levels.

“We hope to offer unique ride challenges in Sarawak to all cycling enthusiasts of various fitness levels. Also, it aims to showcase Kuching as an attractive green destination for sports and tourism,” he said.

The Stage 1 Team Trial will cover a 15km fast course in Petra Jaya, starting from the new DUN Building and ending in Padang Merdeka.

RFM udah berengkah ngerembaika berita

KUCHING: Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) diatu udah bisi menyadi ke mega sebuah stesyen radio ke dikumbai Radio Free Malaysia (RFM), udah berengkah naburka berita malam ensanus (25 March).

Menteri Pemansang Tanah, Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing (gambar) enda tekenyit ati enggau penumbuh stesyen radio nya sebedau pengawa bepilih besai tu.

Taja pia, iya arapka stesyen nya enda ngena arus nya bebulaka rayat.

“Kala ke diatu sida bisi arus penabur, aku nadai mayuh jaku tang semina ngelalau RFS, RFM enggau Radio Kenyalang, arus radio nya ukai dikena naburka pemula ngagai rayat,” pia ku peresiden Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) nya.

Berebak enggau nya, kaban kunsil tinggi Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah madah, stesyen radio nya dipejalaika nengah chara belalai, nya semina deka ngeruga pengelikun, pengelantang rayat enggau penegap menua.

Iya minta raban ke bekaul enggau pekara nya baka Opis Menteri Dalam Nengeri (KDN) enggau Kunsil penyambung Enggau Multimedia Malaysia (MCMC) ngemeratka pekara tu sereta nyekat semua stesyen radio nya.

“Nama kebuah muntang amat sida ngepunka Radio Free Malaysia ti bejaika perintah? Enti menua bukai ulih nyekat stesyen radio ti dipejalaika nengah chara belalai, nama kebuah menua kitai enda ulih?,” ku iya.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Galeri: Kickalob julang Piala Sumbangsih

March 26, 2013

JUARA ... Barisan pemain Team Kickalob K2105 bersama Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (dua dari kiri),
Presiden PBBS, Ir Haidel Heli (kiri sekali). • Foto FAIZAL BUJANG

Kampung Beliong terima peruntukan hampir RM1j

TERIMA KASIH KERAJAAN: Karim (tengah) ditemani Rubiah (tiga kiri) dan Hamsiah
(kanan) mengadakan lawatan kedua ke Kampung Beliong.
ASAJAYA: Kampung Beliong di sini menerima durian runtuh selepas menerima peruntukan hampir RM1 juta untuk projek pembangunan kampung itu.

Berita gembira itu diumumkan Menteri Muda Perumahan Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pada lawatan kedua rombongan Pasukan Bergerak ke kampung berkenaan baru-baru ini.

Karim menjelaskan, peruntukan itu bertujuan meningkatkan prasarana dan infrastruktur yang lengkap dalam usaha menyediakan suasana kehidupan yang selesa kepada penduduk di situ.

“Sebanyak RM300,000 disalurkan untuk menyelenggara ban bagi mengatasi masalah banjir, RM200,000 bagi pembinaan jeti baharu, RM200,000 bagi naik taraf jalan kampung, RM180,000 untuk membaik pulih Pusat Komuniti dan RM100,000 pula diperuntukkan untuk pembetungan.

“Jumlah kesemua peruntukan yang telah diluluskan di bawah Pasukan Bergerak khas untuk pembangunan Kampung Beliong kira-kira RM1 juta sekali gus membantu merancakkan pembangunan di kampung ini,” katanya.

Karim yang juga Menteri Pembangunan Belia (Bandar) dan Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Asajaya berkata, pemilihan kampung itu oleh penubuhan Pasukan Begerak hasil inisiatif kerajaan pusat dalam mengenal pasti kawasan luar bandar untuk dinaik taraf amatlah bertepatan.

“Kita ucapkan terima kasih kepada kerajaan pusat kerana telah memilih Kampung Beliong ini daripada lima kawasan dalam Sarawak yang telah diperuntukkan untuk projek pembangunan ini di bawah Pasukan Bergerak,” katanya.

Oppositions told not to give stupid and unreasonable suggestions for the cheap publicity

March 26, 2013

“So, don’t give stupid and unreasonable suggestion…unless they are out to get some cheap publicity.” -Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

SIBU: The opposition’s call for the installation of CCTV at polling centres in the 13th General Election is impractical and tantamount to casting aspersion on the credibility of Election Committee (EC).

State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said yesterday it only reflected the opposition was desperate and might resort to anything to win the election.

He was reacting to PAS Miri chief Jofri Jaraiee’s call for use of more sophisticated device to monitor the voting process, saying CCTV would prevent cheating and abuse during the voting process.

“In BN, that is never an issue because we are confident of EC handling the election process.

“The fact that some states were won by the opposition in the 12th General Election, how is it possible if there was any element of cheating or bias by EC,” Dr Rundi, who is also PBB secretary-general and Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications), said.

PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah regarded the opposition’s suggestion at the eleventh hour for CCTV at polling centres and checking at movement of ballot boxes as downright silly and illogical.

“How ridiculous this suggestion could be if we are to see how many thousands of polling centres there are all throughout the country.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Team Kickalob K2105 rangkul Piala Sumbangsih

March 25, 2013

CABARAN BERMULA: (Dari kiri) Haidel, Abdul Karim, Julaihi, Ismawi dan Razali bersama-sama meraikan kemenangan Team Kickalob K2105 yang merangkul Piala Sumbangsih sekali gus merasmikan pembukaan Liga Samarahan-Naim 2013.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Karim: Puzzled with rumours PKR state chief running away coz of unfulfilled promises

“I find that strange but what I heard is that many ‘unfulfilled promises’ since the last state election in Ba Kelalan are among the main reason for running away." -Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

SIBU: All areas of extra concern have been identified and remedial actions taken accordingly to further strengthen the party, said PBB secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi.

As such, it did not matter where PKR would contest in the state, he told The Borneo Post yesterday when asked to comment on the media report that PKR would contest in two PBB areas, namely Limbang and Batang Lupar.

“We have been preparing our machinery to face them (PKR) since last state election and it does not matter where they stand,” said Dr Rundi, who is state BN secretary-general and Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications).

In a press statement, state PKR chairman Baru Bian reportedly said they would contest in Saratok, Baram, Hulu Rajang besides Limbang and Batang Lupar, adding that the official announcement was made by their de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Baru was further quoted as saying he would lead the charge in Limbang while Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh would stand in Batang Lupar.

PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, meanwhile, stated that it was PKR democratic right to contest in any parliamentary seat in Sarawak, including Limbang and Batang Lupar.

He added: “This reflected our Electoral System is working and whatever negative remark about how Election Commission conducts our election as alleged by certain opposition leaders and NGOs were just a fallacy.

“Not being arrogant, BN and PBB welcome PKR to contest in any seats, including Limbang and Batang Lupar. We know our strength and we believe the people also knew which party they could rely on.”

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Current housing ordinance to be updated

March 19, 2013

A committee headed by Assistant Housing Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah will work together with the Land and Survey Department, the state Attorney General Chamber and his ministry to study and propose for the restructuring of the housing ordinance.

KUCHING: The government will be looking at amending the current housing ordinance in its efforts to update current regulations to suit current needs.

Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the current changing lifestyle of the people requires several amendments to be made.

Amendments will also aim at ridding loopholes, he added.

“A fine example on the issue is in regards to gated community. There is no specific rule and detail that can be looked at as basis for reference.

“For example, whether the roads within the housing are private or public ones,” said Abang Johari.

He added that his ministry has studied several examples of gated community especially the ones in Brisbane, Australia. He believed these will be a good basis for new regulations on gated community.

“Another rising issue is over commercial building with high-rise apartments. We know of three such examples at the moment, and they affect licensing.

Sebengkah komiti ditumbuh ngambika nyerenih ordinan pengawa berumah

by Chris Bishop.

KUCHING: Ordinan Pen­gawa Berumah Sarawak deka diserenih ngambika tau dikemanah sereta seti­pak enggau pengidup sereta trend kemayaharitu.

Perintah nengeri numbuh­ka sebuah komiti teknikal ti betuaika Menteri Muda Pen­gawa Berumah Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah bejalaika pansik senentang undang-undang pengawa berumah renggat nengeri.

Entara pekara ti deka dipe­jurai komiti tu iya nya ngung­kupka undang-undang ke mungkur penumbuh komu­niti ti diau dalam kandang ti bepagar ke nyengkaum rumah flet sereta lisin, ku Menteri Pengawa Berumah Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“Mayuh pekara ti enda diperatika enggau silik dalam pemansang pengawa berumah di Sarawak. Karim deka ngulu­ka komiti teknikal lalu bejalaika pansik senentang nya.

“Aku mega deka berand­auka pekara tu enggau Opis Tanah enggau Survey, Opis Menteri Pengatur Pengeraja Asal sereta orang ke megai undang-undang (Dewan Perundangan) ngambika tau dibai ngagai kabinet lalu dipejurai.

“Enti bisi nerima pemendar ari raban ngagai Aum Kunsil Nengeri (DUN),” ku iya.

Iya mansutka jaku tu ba sebengkah aum pengarang berita pengudah bejadika Pengerami Ngemunka Projek Pengawa Berumah Vista Per­dana Fasa 2, Miri ditu malam, ensanus.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Sarawak BN needs 'real cyber troopers' - Karim

Posted on March 18, 2013, Monday

BN Sarawak cyber troopers needed more grooming and exposure on how to be ‘real cyber troopers'. - Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah 

SIBU: The state BN’s cyber troopers are up and ready to ‘shoot’ down the opposition’s baseless allegations and lies as cyberspace has become a new political battlefield, especially with the looming General Election.

This is particularly so with the bulk of new voters being young voters who are IT-savvy and cyberspace has become the main source of information for the young generation.

State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said yesterday they are fully prepared to fight the opposition in cyberspace.

“We have intensified our cyber troopers to counter the allegations and lies made by the opposition,” assured Dr Rundi, who is also Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications).

He was asked to comment on BN Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin’s statement that the cyberspace represented the major platform to ensure victory for BN in the coming election.

Khairy was quoted by Bernama to have said more than 80 per cent of the approximately three million new voters were the generation aged below 40, who obtained their information from the social media and blogs as well as various cyber applications besides the mainstream media.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

DAP might be worse than Hitler or Polpot if the party formed the next government

SIBU: Several BN leaders were stunned by the ‘swift justice’ imposed by DAP on its six members.

“The tough measure doesn’t bode well with the party that claims to profess democracy,” they said, adding that cracks were showing in the party.

“I was stunned and shocked by this decision of a party that supposedly professes to practise democracy and freedom of speech,” commented PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said he would expect such an action coming only from a communist or an autocratic government.

“The ‘sin’ of the six members was for voicing their disagreement towards the central DAP’s decision on the choice of candidate and surely needn’t warrant expulsion! Is the Sarawak DAP being run by one or two autocratic leaders who dictate the direction of the party?

“Where’s the transparency? I can’t imagine if they are the one managing the government. It might be worse than Hitler or PolPot!” Abdul Karim remarked.

According to press reports, the six were sacked with immediate effect for insubordination and repeatedly tarnishing the party’s image.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Opposition areas will get less attention, warns representative

by Peter Boon, 

SIBU: People in constituencies under the opposition would get less attention, even simple allocations to parent-teacher associations (PTAs) would be hard to come by, said PBB supreme council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“This is because the opposition lacks the necessary track record to provide any positive transformation to their constituencies,” he explained.

“The BN, on the other hand, has a long track record of fulfilling the wishes of the people.

“And BN MPs and assemblymen don’t fail in their responsibilities whether as an ear or a spokesman for the people, and a contributor for many activities of the people.”

Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman, was asked to respond to DAP fielding Hai Merawin in Mukah and pharmacist Oscar Ling in Sibu.

“BN is not worried of whoever the opposition is going to place as their candidates.

“What is important is whether these candidates can fulfil their roles as ‘wakil rakyat’ or people’s representatives in the event they win or they become just like the other opposition YBs now… barking and making noises but unable to provide positive transformation to their constituencies.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Galeri: Taklimat Persediaan Pilihanraya Peringkat P197 Kota Samarahan

March 11, 2013 

KENANGAN ... Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Hamzah dan Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan bersama-sama ahli
PBB N.14 Asajaya, N.15 Muara Tuang dan N. 20 Sadong Jaya bergambar selepas Taklimat Persediaan 
Pilihanraya Peringkat P.197 Kota Samarahan di Dewan Suarah, Kota Samarahan, semalam.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Local candidate for Kota Samarahan

by Lim How Pim,

“Let us all make sure that Kota Samarahan will not only remain the stronghold of Barisan Nasional but also record the biggest majority.” - Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud wants a local to be the Barisan Nasional’s candidate to defend Kota Samarahan come the 13th general election (13GE).

The state BN chief said a name had been submitted to the prime minister but he would wait for the final decision before releasing details on the candidacy.

“I want to see ‘anak Samarahan’ (a person of Kota Samarahan) be the next MP of Kota Samarahan. We need a candidate who truly works for the people, and knows very well about Kota Samarahan,” he told a leaders-with-the-people session at the Indoor Stadium here yesterday.

Although no name was mentioned in his speech, it has been widely tipped that Asajaya district officer Rubiah Wang would be the candidate.

Taib, who began his political career as the Kota Samarahan MP, believed that a Kota Samarahan-born leader would take the division’s development to a new height.

He recalled that there was no Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) holder here some four decades ago.

“But today, Kota Samarahan has produced more than 200 graduates. More people are earning a decent income while some of them have become government officers, professionals and entrepreneurs.”

Parlimen Samarahan akan sentiasa jadi kubu kuat BN

SAMARAHAN: Parlimen P.197 Samarahan akan sentiasa menjadi kubu kuat Barisan Nasional (BN) dengan majoriti besar dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13) nanti.

Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Pembangunan Belia Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, Samarahan amat rapat dengan Ketua Menteri yang merupakan pencetus kepada banyak perubahan di kawasan ini.

Katanya, daripada kawasan paling sukar dihubungi, di bawah pimpinan Ketua Menteri Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, kawasan itu muncul sebagai antara yang pesat membangun dari segala aspek.

“Politik pembangunan yang dibawa oleh Ketua Menteri kepada Samarahan telah berjaya mentransformasikan Samarahan kepada sebuah kawasan yang membangun sebagai pusat pendidikan.

“Atas sebab itu, jika anda mahu melihat kepimpinan Ketua Menteri diteruskan, maka pilihlah Barisan Nasional (BN) pada pilihan raya akan datang yang saya kira kurang daripada dua bulan lagi,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Majlis Pemimpin Bersama Rakyat Parlimen P.197 Kota Samarahan dan penyerahan Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) 2.0 bertempat di Stadium Tertutup Samarahan di sini, semalam.

Karim yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Asajaya berkata, di bawah Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA), kerajaan telah meluluskan kira-kira RM1.2 bilion untuk Samarahan bagi tempoh 2010-2013.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Control of social media should go beyond election — Abdul Karim

SIBU: While applauding the move to control the use of social media this 13th general election, Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah feels the restriction should be extended to everyday use of the Internet.

For this, the Asajaya assemblyman said the laws in Malaysia on this matter needed to be strengthened.

“I am sure we should not allow defamatory and seditious words to be used against another. And we should not allow a person to incite ill-will towards a race and another person,” he said yesterday.

He also feels that concerted efforts are needed to educate the public on proper ethics and manners in using social media.

He was asked to respond to Bernama’s report on Sunday that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) was looking into suitable methods to monitor and control the use of social media during the impending election.

Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz reportedly said the move was to ensure the social media would not be abused by irresponsible quarters to achieve their political agenda.

Maglin was further quoted to have said that MCMC would monitor all users of social media, regardless of their political beliefs, to ensure peace and smooth running of the election.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Pengundi di Kota Samarahan diminta tunai tanggungjawab, kata Karim

March 4, 2013

ASAJAYA: Pengundi di Parlimen Kota Samarahan diminta bersedia menunaikan tanggungjawab sebagai pengundi pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-13 (PRU13) nanti.

Seruan itu dilaungkan Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia (Bandar) merangkap Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Asajaya Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yang turut memberitahu, sebagai warganegara Malaysia individu bergelar pengundi harus memikul amanah itu sebaik-baiknya.

Tegasnya, ia penting bagi menentukan kestabilan dan meneruskan arus pembangunan negara demi mencapai wawasan sebagai sebuah negara maju menjelang 2020 nanti.

“Pada hari ini kita meraikan Hari Raya Tahun Baharu Cina dan tidak lama lagi kita akan bertembung satu lagi hari raya iaitu pilihan raya.

“Harapan saya apabila tiba pilihan raya nanti bersama-samalah kita sebagai pengundi di kawasan ini (Parlimen Kota Samarahan) menjalankan tanggungjawab dengan baik,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Majlis Makan Malam Tahun Ular sempena Tahun Baharu Cina Peringkat Daerah Asajaya di Dewan Serba Guna SJK Chung Hua Asajaya kelmarin.

Pada masa yang sama Karim berkata, pengundi yang terdiri daripada masyarakat Cina di situ juga memainkan peranan penting bagi menentukan kemenangan Barisan Nasional (BN) di kerusi itu.

Chinese community reminded on vital role

ASAJAYA: Chinese voters in Kota Samarahan play an important role in ensuring victory for Barisan National (BN) in the upcoming 13th General Election.

“Chinese voters, even if they only make up 10 per cent of the voters here, are important to us in ensuring victory for BN,” said Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

On who would be the candidate for the seat, he said the person would be a local.

He was speaking at the Asajaya district level Chinese New Year dinner held on Saturday at SJK Chung Hua Asajaya.

At the same time, he urged voters in Kota Samarahan to come out to vote during polling day to ensure continued stability and development.

The assistant housing minister also called on the community to preserve the prevailing harmony and unity.

Later, he gave a personal contribution of RM50,000 to SJK Chung Hua Asajaya to top up its building fund which is short by RM250,000.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Galeri: Perasmian Spotlight Vol 1

March 1, 2013

RASMI … Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg merasmikan Spotlight Vol 1 di Kuching 
malam semalam. Turut kelihatan (dari kiri) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Datuk Naroden Majais,
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Cinqasa Sendirian Berhad Amin Aznizan, Datuk Talib Zulpilip dan
Datu Misnu Taha.