Saturday, 31 August 2013

Karim does not surprise with Larry's decision

“I wish him all the best.” 
Yang Berhormat Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

SIBU: The willingness of Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) to work with DAP revealed SWP’s true colour, PRS deputy president Datuk Joseph Entulu said.

He said it would not affect BN’s chance of winning in the next state election.

To him, SWP’s assistance to the Peninsula-based DAP is of little significance since DAP’s strength would remain in the urban only.

“If it is rural areas, SWP had been proven to be not accepted in these places. They may claim they have some strength based on the number of votes they got.

“But in actual fact, those are always the votes of the opposition. Secondly, in areas where they had no personal interest, they led their candidates struggled on their own, even losing deposits in the recent parliamentary election.

“Such was the case in Kanowit and Sri Aman. This means that they have no support anywhere,” he told The Borneo Post.

In May 5 polls, SWP contested in all PRS’s six seats, namely Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Hulu Rajang and Selangau but lost all with two of its (SWP) candidates – Wilfred Landong (Sri Aman) and Ellison Ludan (Kanowit) losing their deposits.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Let flying of flags be done voluntarily — Abdul Karim

SIBU: Love and patriotism for the country should come from the heart and not under the compulsion of the law, Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.

He said all premises should fly the Jalur Gemilang, but this should not be made so by the law.

The Communications and Multimedia Ministry would study the need to introduce a law to make it compulsory for every premises to fly the Jalur Gemilang throughout Merdeka month.

Its Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had said such a law was necessary because many premises and buildings, especially those owned by private organisations, did not understand the need or importance of flying the Jalur Gemilang to show their love for the nation.

In response, Abdul Karim said the reflection of loyalty must come from the heart and not done because the law required it.

“Not necessary for that law please. Teach the citizens to love and be proud of the country,” added the Asajaya assemblyman.

A councillor of Maradong District Council, Felician Teo, said Ahmad Shabery’s heart was in the right place by advocating the flying of the national flag to be made compulsory.

Galeri: Press Conference on Amphibious Aircraft

August 28, 2013

ONE FOR THE ALBUM: Datuk Amar Abg Johari Tun Openg (centre) flanked by Pansar Bhd managing director Jason Tai (left) and Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah after the press conference.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Karim nafi akan lawan Fadilah

August 27, 2013

KUCHING: Ahli Majlis Tertinggi (AMT) Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah menafi khabar angin mengatakan beliau akan bertanding untuk jawatan ketua pemuda pada konvensyen parti nanti.

Abdul Karim yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Asajaya berkata, beliau telah melalui era Pemuda dan tidak berminat untuk bertanding bagi merebut jawatan tersebut.

“Jika terdapat khabar angin seperti itu kedengaran, ia cuma sembang kosong sahaja,” ujar Abdul Karim ketika ditemui selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Perwakilan Cawangan PBB Batu Kawa di sebuah hotel kelmarin.

Menurutnya, Pemuda kini mempunyai ketua yang berkebolehan iaitu Datuk Fadillah Yusof dan beliau yakin Pemuda akan dijaga dengan baik olehnya.

“Saya tidak pasti sama ada Fadillah akan mempertahankan jawatannya, namun jika beliau berbuat demikian saya yakin beliau akan mampu berkhidmat dengan baik untuk bahagian Pemuda parti,” jelas Abdul Karim.

Sementara itu, beliau turut memberitahu bahawa sesi pemilihan cawangan serta ranting parti di seluruh negeri berjalan dengan lancar walaupun sesetengah daripadanya mengalami perubahan dari segi pucuk pimpinan.

“Ia merupakan perkara biasa dalam amalan demokrasi di mana kita akan melihat beberapa perubahan baharu dalam sesi pemilihan perwakilan cawangan dan ranting.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Auto and biker clubs a healthy passion for youths — Karim

August 26, 2013

READY TO ROAR: Karim (centre) with Wahap (left) and Liew flagging off the MAC convoy at Le’Park yesterday.

KUCHING: Automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts in Sarawak are encouraged to form clubs which can act as a platform to promote goodwill, said Assistant Minister of Youth Development (Urban) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday.

He explained that with the right mix of activities, such clubs can eradicate social ills among youths while at the same time letting others in on their hobby.

“Automobile and motorcycle clubs can play their role in improving harmony within society. Therefore, I hope those who have passion and great interest for such hobby form clubs because these clubs can attract youths and together you can organise healthy activities,” he said, prior to flagging off the ‘Merdeka Convoy’ at Le’Park yesterday.

The convoy was the climax of the two-day Merdeka Auto Carnival (MAC) organised by Sarawak Auto Enthusiasts Society (SAS) which saw close to 300 cars of various models ranging from Masserati, Ferarri, Lambhorgini, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Honda and K-cars displayed at Le’Park.

More than 200 cars participated in the ‘Merdeka Convoy’ led by the Kuching Supercar Club as they circled the city and back to Le’Park covering an estimated 53km to instill patriotism in conjunction with the 50th Malaysia Day celebrations.

Other exciting events during the carnival which ended yesterday included a street party, mountain biking competition and an array of other activities.

Karim nyukung Fadillah nyadi ketuai nembiak PBB

KUCHING: Kaban Kunsil Pemadu Tinggi dalam Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) ti mega nyadi Menteri Muda Pengawa Berumah enggau Menteri Muda Nembiak (Nengeri) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah nyukung Ketuai Nembiak PBB kediatu, Datuk Fadillah Yusuf enti sema iya deka bediri ngerebut kerusi nya baru maya Aum Besai PBB ti deka diatur kena 18-20 Oktober tu ila.

Abdul Karim madah iya nadai ati deka enggau bediri ngerebut penuduk nya laban ku iya, berita ke ditabur orang madah iya deka enggau ngerebut kerusi nya, semina berita selebubu ngapa aja.

“Ungkup aku ke penuduk nya udah lepas, enti bisi pan berita ke madahka aku ka enggau bediri ngerebut kerusi Ketuai Nembiak, nya semina berita selebubu aja.

“Kami di PBB bisi ketuai nembiak ke chukup bepeneleba, baka Datuk Fadillah, iya chunto tuai nembiak ke manah, ukai ketegal aku nemu iya deka bediri baru nyadi Ketuai Nembiak tang nyangka iya deka bediri ngerebut kerusi nya ila,” ku iya.

Iya madah baka tu lebuh dikerandau, pengudah bejadika atur pegawa Aum ‘Perwakilan’ pampang Tiga Taun Sekali (TGM) N13 Batu Kawa di Hotel Rajah Court Regency ditu, kemari.

Iya madah, ke diatu entara opis pampang parti PBB di serata menua Sarawak, pengawa bepilih dalam pampang opis nya empu bejalai enggau manah, sereta nadai betapi enggau sebarang penanggul.

“Amat bisi sekeda pampang opis PBB bisi ubah mimit, tang nya sigi gaya adat demokrasi.

Karim dashes rumour of taking on Fadillah

August 26, 2013

DUE CREDIT: Abdul Karim (third right) presents the appreciation award to Ahmad.
Also seen are Lo (second right) and Sahferi.
KUCHING: PBB Supreme Council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has dismissed talk about him challenging Datuk Fadillah Yusof as the Youth chief come the party’s Triennial General Assembly (TGA) in October.

Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister for Youth Development (Urban), said he had “passed the youth era quite a long time ago” while lauding Fadillah as “a good leader”.

“Any rumour of that nature, I would look at it as just rumour. We already have a capable leader for Youth although I am not sure YB Fadillah is still going for the post.

“If he is, he will be able to look after the wing. Presently, preparation for the coming convention is going on very well and branch elections are so far so good,” he told reporters after opening the Triennial General Meeting (TGM) of PBB Batu Kawa branch at a hotel here yesterday.

Abdul Karim said ineffective leaders at the branch level would be replaced although the party’s top leadership would not see major changes.

While the party upholds the spirit of reaching consensus, he said it would not bring about a change of leadership just for the sake of changing.

“I do not see any major changes in the coming line-up since we are expecting the state election in two to three years. A change of leadership might lead to some differences and would not do good to the party.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Galeri: Handing Over Appointment Letters As Saberkas Office Bearers

August 24, 2013

MAKING IT OFFICIAL: Abang Johari (third right) handing the appointment letter to Karim, who is Saberkas vice-president for the term 2013 to 2016. With them are (from left) Hasidah, Lee, Dr Abdul Rahman and Aidan.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Karim: Don’t crucify all bikers

August 21, 2013

"... don’t crucify all bikers ..." -Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

SIBU: The public here have reacted differently to a call for the government to ban full-face crash helmets with tinted visors.

Hulu Rajang MP Wilsom Ugak had earlier said the ban would bring down crimes such as armed robberies, murders and even snatching cases where perpetrators used such helmets.

Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye is fully in favour of the call in the interest of crime prevention.

“I hope the Transport Ministry and Home Ministry could look into the proposal rationally. They can view this from the perspective of crime prevention and easily identifying the culprits.

“They can make decisions to ban only those with heavily tinted visor because they are very often used by criminals to carry out crimes,” Lee told The Borneo Post when contacted yesterday.

Asajaya assemblyman Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, however, begged to differ as bikers riding long distance required such helmet to protect them from the glare of the sun as well as reflections from the mirrors.

“The issue that needs to be seen is that… are the crimes committed by those on bikes mostly done by those using heavily tinted visors?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Karim cabar DAP buka cawangan di Asajaya

August 14, 2013

“Kalau DAP nak buka cawangan di Tupong, bukalah. Mereka juga dipersilakan untuk membuka cawangan di Samarahan atau Asajaya." -Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

Pembukaan Pusat Khidmat di Tupong sebahagian amalan demokrasi

KUCHING: Barisan Nasional (BN) Negeri dan Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) tidak risau dengan pembukaan cawangan terbaharu Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) Sarawak di kawasan Tupong.

Menurut Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Tupong Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, pembukaan Pusat Khidmat DAP langsung tidak memberi kesan terhadap sokongan penduduk di situ kepada BN dan PBB.

“Ia merupakan hak DAP untuk membuka cawangannya di Tupong sebagai amalan demokrasi di negara ini.

“Saya cuma berharap proses Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) yang akan datang berjalan dengan lancar dan DAP akan menerima keputusan dengan hati yang terbuka sekiranya mereka kalah nanti,” ujar Daud.

Beliau berkata demikian setelah Pengerusi DAP Sarawak Chong Chieng Jen mengumumkan pembukaan Pusat Khidmat parti pembangkang tersebut di kawasan DUN Tupong dalam usaha untuk mendekati penduduk kaum bukan Cina di situ, kelmarin.

Chong berkata, usaha tersebut merupakan antara perancangan parti DAP untuk menawan kawasan Melayu menjelang Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) yang akan datang.

Sementara itu, Daud berkata, keputusan DAP meletakkan wakil Bumiputera untuk mengendalikan Pusat Khidmat mereka di situ merupakan strategi pihak pembangkang untuk menarik minat para pengundi di kawasan Tupong yang majoritinya berbangsa Melayu menjelang PRN nanti.

Dap trying to spin the public safety issue -Karim

August 14, 2013

“The statement by Chong is both irresponsible and malicious. DAP is trying to spin the issue and place the blame on the government and the police.” -Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah 

Sarawak DAP chief’s statement on rise in violent crimes in the country condemned and ridiculed

KUCHING: The statement by state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen that Barisan Nasional (BN) government is deliberately allowing crimes in the country to rise to justify reintroducing preventive laws has been condemned by BN representatives and the state police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani Acryl (pic) described Chong ’s statement made at a press conference on Monday as ‘absurd’, adding that no right thinking government would harm the people to achieve its objective.

“This kind of statement should not come from a man of Chong’s stature and standing,” Acryl told The Borneo Post yesterday.

“The public must do away with the thinking that preventive laws benefi t the police. They are for the safety of the public, not for the ease of our job. Though we are the police, we are also part of the society at large. It is also our wish to have a safe society,” he added.

He pointed out that those who committed serious crimes recently were mainly former Emergency Ordinance (EO) detainees.

“The NGOs and the opposition had been calling for the law to be abolished. With the abolishment of EO, all those detained under EO were released as there is no more law to hold them anymore.

“And now, the opposition is blaming the government for the rising crimes. This does not make sense.”

Monday, 5 August 2013

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Religious value as safeguard from globalisation threat

KUCHING: The young generations nowadays need to be instilled with the religious value which is able to act as a safeguard from the globalisation threat which has increasingly spread in the community.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the young generations as future leaders need to equip themselves with positive values.

“All these positive values will be able to determine the excellence of Malaysia to a step forward and become role model to the others,” said Karim.

He said this in his speech when officiating at the State Level Khatam Al-Quran Ceremony 2013 for the Rakan Muda held at Surau Bandarsah, here recently.

He said, Muslims should take the opportunity in conjunction with the month of Ramadan to create positive members of young generation and to become pure Muslims by making the Prophet Muhammad as an example.

He also stressed all of us should be together in a way to make this into reality. 

Speaking about the Rakan Muda programme, Karim said that the programme which included religious activities would able to give positive effect to the youth especially when it involved the learning the Quran.

Karim very proud G5 supporters in Beluru have confidence in PBB

SIBU: Parking or joining other component BN parties should be considered after all avenues have been exhausted to avoid more problems from arising.

PBB Supreme Council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this yesterday in response to the call by grassroots leaders in Beluru to the G5 to join PBB.

Nabor branch chairman Joshua Dungkong and longhouse chief Colin Sait reportedly told G5 member Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran they picked PBB because it was the biggest party in the state BN and it had won all seats it contested in the May 5 general election.

Earlier, Entri met up with 40 grassroots leaders at Beluru in Marudi.

Abdul Karim said as a PBB member he was very proud that G5 supporters in Beluru had confidence in PBB.

“However, let’s not rush into things. This is a problem in SPDP, which is a component in BN, and our task is to resolve the problem internally within SPDP,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Resorting to joining another component party at this time is premature and could aggravate more problems, he cautioned.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

CM’s stand on ex-SPDP leaders ‘fair’ – Karim

KUCHING: A senior politician yesterday described as ‘fair’ the statement by the chief minister to give a place in the BN for the five sacked SPDP members.

“What CM (Chief Minister) said is fair … good leaders who have shown so much dedication and commitment to BN should not be dumped just because of differences within the party,” said PBB Supreme Council member Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in a text message.

Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud made his stand on the five former SPDP members on Thursday. The five are assemblymen Datuk Peter Nansian (Tasik Biru), Datuk Sylvester Entri Muran (Marudi), Rosey Yunus (Bekenu), Paulus Palu Ngumbang (Batu Danau) and former Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe.

The five, whose moniker is G5, was sacked by SPDP for gross insubordination more than a year ago, but they continued to serve their respective constituencies as BN elected representatives.

On Monday, PRS president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing offered them to join his party.

The following day, Nansian said the G5 would discuss their next course of action, but Taib on Thursday advised them not to rush into joining any BN party.

Taib said BN “do not kick people out if they are intensely very loyal to BN”.

Agama benteng pertahan ancaman globalisasi

KUCHING, Jumaat — Generasi muda kini perlu diterapkan dengan nilai agama yang mampu menjadi benteng pertahanan kepada pelbagai ancaman arus globalisasi yang semakin menular dalam kalangan masyarakat pada hari ini.

Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia Negeri, Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, generasi muda sebagai pencorak masa depan negara wajib dilengkapkan dengan nilai hidup yang berteraskan agama, moral dan budaya.

“Ciri dan nilai peribadi unggul ini mampu menentukan kecemerlangan negara ke tahap yang lebih gemilang lagi dan menjadi pembimbing untuk tidak sesat daripada landasan Islam yang sebenar,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada program Rakan Muda Ramadan Khatam al-Quran Peringkat Negeri Sarawak 2013 di Surau Bandarshah, Kampung Bintangor, di sini, malam tadi.

Katanya, umat Islam harus mengambil kesempatan pada bulan Ramadan ini untuk membentuk generasi belia yang memiliki keazaman untuk menjadi muslim sejati, sahsiah dan disiplin yang terpuji dengan menjadikan Rasulullah SAW sebagai contoh teladan. 

“Kita tidak lagi mampu berpeluk tubuh atau menunding jari sesama kita sekiranya masyarakat Islam tidak berubah dan terus dibelenggu dengan isu keruntuhan moral dan kemerosotan institusi keluarga. 

“Justeru, belia perlu samasama mencorakkan perubahan dari sekarang dan melengkapkan diri dengan persiapan mental, fizikal, rohani dan jasmani untuk menempuh cabaran globalisasi yang datang dengan pelbagai perubahan yang mendadak,” tegasnya.

Remaja wajib diterap nilai agama

REMAJA CONTOH: Karim (berdiri lima kiri) ditemani Haris (berdiri empat kiri) merakamkan kenangan bersama peserta Program Rakan Muda Ramadan Khatam Al-Quran Peringat Negeri, malam kelmarin.
KUCHING: Golongan remaja sebagai pencorak masa depan negara wajib dilengkapkan dengan nilai hidup berteraskan agama, moral dan budaya.

Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia (Bandar) Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, ciri dan nilai peribadi unggul khususnya dalam diri anak-anak muda mampu menentukan kecemerlangan negara ke tahap yang lebih tinggi.

“Oleh itu, marilah kita bersama-sama berusaha memastikan generasi remaja kita diterapkan dengan nilai agama yang mampu menjadi benteng ketahanan negara,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Majlis Penangguhan Program Rakan Muda Ramadan Khatam Al-Quran Peringkat Negeri mewakili Menteri Perumahan Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg di Surau Bandarshah Kampung Bintangor di sini, malam kelmarin.

Pada masa sama, Karim memberitahu golongan remaja perlu bersama-sama mencorakkan perubahan bagi membasmi isu-isu keruntuhan moral yang semakin menular dalam masyarakat pada masa kini.

“Kita tidak lagi mampu untuk berpeluk tubuh atau menuding jari sesama kita sekiranya masyarakat Islam khasnya remaja tidak berubah dan terus dibelenggu dengan masalah ini yang akan turut merosakkan institusi keluarga,” tegasnya.

Beliau juga mengingatkan masyarakat Islam khasnya golongan remaja agar tidak leka dengan perubahan arus dunia dan perlu sentiasa mempersiapkan diri dengan ilmu agama supaya tidak lari dari landasan Islam.

Friday, 2 August 2013

PNKAS agih sumbangan untuk ahli

KETIBAAN lebaran tahun ini penuh bermakna buat sebilangan ahli Persatuan Nelayan Kawasan Asajaya/Semera (PNKAS). 

Baru-baru ini badan induk berkenaan mengagihkan sumbangan amal Ramadan kepada 96 ahli yang berusia lebih 60 tahun sebagai meringan beban di samping menampung keperluan dalam membuat persiapan menyambut Aidilfitri.

Majlis penyampaian sumbangan tersebut berlangsung di Dewan Masyarakat Kampung Semera, Sadong Jaya dan disempurnakan oleh Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia (Bandar), Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Karim dalam ucapan ringkasnya berakata, para ahli PNKAS sememangnya bertuah kerana mempunyai barisan tenaga exco yang begitu perihatin dalam menyediakan keperluan tersebut. 

“Satu pendekatan yang istimewa dilakukan barisan exco PNKAS kerana berjaya menyediakan keperluan seperti sumbangan ini. 

“Saya percaya adanya sumbangan tersebut akan dapat meringankan beban penerima terutama dalam menampung keperluan bagi menghadapi hari raya yang akan menjelang tiba,” jelas beliau.

Abdul Karim: Be firm when instilling discipline in school

SIBU: Imposing discipline on school children ought to be carried out firmly, said Assistant Minister of Youth Development Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who described bullying the weaker as a common phenomenon in school.

“This happened in my school days in the 70’s,” he said when asked to respond to a recent incident where five senior students were arrested by the police for bullying three junior school-mates.

He called for concerted efforts to instil discipline in children.

“The school and the parent-teacher association must work together,” he suggested.

The Asajaya assemblyman said bullies were usually found in schools where the teachers and parents did not have much interaction between them.

Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) acting president Jisin Nyud, when contacted, said students would have their studies hindered if there were bullies among them.

“How to focus on your study when you are always in a state of fear?” he questioned.

Galeri: Ulang Tahun Ke-25 Hari Bandaraya Kuching 2013

August 2, 2013

BERMESRA ... Pehin Sri Taib dan Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib bersama kedua-dua Datuk Bandar DBKU dan MBKS dan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah bergambar mesra dengan kanak-kanak sempena ulang tahun ke-25 Hari Bandaraya Kuching 2013 di Stadium Perpaduan di Kuching semalam. (LAGI GAMBAR DI HALAMAN 2) • NORDIN MD DIAH