Friday, 27 December 2013

Karim lambasts movement calling for Taib’s resignation

 
KUCHING: Peninsula-based Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) was given a tongue lashing yesterday for planning a campaign aimed to call for the resignation of Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Sarawakians do not need West Malaysians without in-depth knowledge about the state’s political history and its  multi-racial harmonious culture to ‘teach’ them on how to manage the state.

He pointed out that SAMM, which is closely related to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Youth movement, should just focus on building up good racial and religious harmony in West Malaysia, and leave Sarawak alone.

“We don’t need (young turks) from there to tell us how to manage our state or tell us what to do. Our CM has served Malaysia from the day the country was formed, and his (Taib’s) service to Sarawak and Malaysia is beyond what SAMM or any of its leaders or those in Pakatan could ever emulate.

“Sarawak for what it is today owes a lot to the visionary leadership of our CM. Those from the peninsula especially from SAMM will not be able to ‘feel’ or see this changes which happen through the years. They could only criticise and demonise our leaders,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Social Development (Youth) and Assistant Minister of Housing, was asked to comment on an Internet news portal report of a campaign organised by SAMM which would be launched here this Sunday.

Called the ‘Kempen Nyah Taib’, SAMM founder Badrul Hisham Shahrin or Che’Gubard said the campaign would not involve street protests but more of an awareness drive whereby materials in both written and audio visual forms would be distributed including to the interior areas.
  

Thursday, 19 December 2013

‘ROS has reasons not to recognise DAP’s CEC’


KUCHING: Assistant Youth Development Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believes that the Registrar of Societies (ROS) has reasons for not recognising the central executive committee (CEC) of Democratic Action Party (DAP).

However, he pointed out that if DAP was not happy, the party could bring the matter to court for a judicial review.

“Why must ROS unnecessarily withhold the recognition of the CEC … we do hear of many complaints from DAP members who are alleging irregularities in the second annual general meeting (AGM).

“Going to court is a decision for DAP to adopt … and if the party is not happy, I fully support them going to court for a judicial review of the ROS non-recognition,” Abdul Karim, who is a lawyer by training, said in his text message.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Dapsy could be ‘same old product’ with a new labelling — Karim

December 18, 2013

SIBU: DAP needs to be innovative and not be seen as ‘selling’ the same old products in every election.

PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in pointing this out yesterday, commented that the party needed to change its image before thinking about going into the hinterlands.

He was reacting to the media report that DAP Sarawak had set up its Socialist Youth or ‘Dapsy’ Sarawak to expand its political strength and enhance penetration into rural areas throughout the state.

Newly-installed chairman of Dapsy Sarawak Wong King Wei, who is also Padungan assemblyman, reportedly said the youth movement would play a supplementary role to the main body to push for success in the party’s ‘Go Rural’ and ‘Help Sarawak’ projects.

“It’s good that DAP Sarawak has come up with its Dapsy to supplement its main body. They have to come up with new ideas and be innovative as DAP definitely cannot be ‘selling’ (the) same old products every election.

“They must be seen to be proactive,” Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman, said.

He, however, said whether DAP could play a big role and be accepted especially in the rural areas, has yet to be seen.
  

Monday, 16 December 2013

Marzuki Qari champ while Dayang Marsita Qariah champ

December 16, 2013

WELL DONE: Karim (centre) hands over to Marzuki the champion prize in the Qari (adult category) Inter-Scheme (state level) Quran Recital Competition 2013.
SIBU: Marzuki Batu from Taman Sukma, Kuching was champion in the Qari section (adult) of the Inter-Scheme (state-level) Quran Recital Competition 2013 held at Darul Husna mosque, Sibujaya here on Saturday night.

The second place went to Bujang Karim (Taman Sukma, Kuching) and third place to Sharif Untong (Kampung Tunku RPR Astana Fasa II, Kuching).

In the Qariah section (adult), Dayang Marsita Abang Ibrahim (Taman Sourabaya Indah, Kuching) was first while Rohani Japali (Bandar Baru Samariang Fasa II, Kuching) was second and Hanim Jeraee (RPR Piasau II, Miri) third.

Mohd Adam Abdul Gani from Taman Sukma, Kuching was first for Qari (boys’ secondary) while Mohd Sushil Sopran (Bandar Baru Samariang Fasa III, Kuching) second and Mohd Azani Adenan third.

For the Qariah (girls’ secondary) Nurshahira Ismail from Bandar Baru Samariang Fasa II, Kuching was first while Sharifah Mahfuzah Wan Alam Shah (Kampung Malaysia Jaya, RPR Astana Fasa I, Kuching) second and Fatimah Al-Zaharah Merzuki (Bandar Baru Samariang, Kuching) third.

Prizes were handed over by Housing Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at the closing ceremony held at Sibujaya multi-purpose hall on Saturday night.

This year the event was organised by Housing Development Corporation (HDC) in cooperation with Darul Husna mosque, Sibujaya, Sibu from Dec 11 to 14.

Bandar Baharu Sibujaya digemari ramai


SIBU: Kemajuan serta perancangan pembangunan sistematik yang dilaksanakan di Sibujaya berjaya menarik penduduk Sibu datang mendiami bandar baharu itu.

Menteri Muda Perumahan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, Sibujaya adalah kawasan perumahan yang baharu dan moden.

Ini secara tidak langsung menyebabkan bandar baharu itu digemari ramai sehingga menjadi kawasan paling cepat berkembang maju.

“Banyak kemajuan dan rancangan pembangunan dilaksanakan dan telah dilaksanakan di Sibujaya dan keadaan itu berjaya menarik orang ramai untuk tinggal di sini,” kata pada Majlis Penutupan Pertandingan Tilawah Al-Quran 2013 anjuran Perbadanan Pembangunan Perumahan (HDC) di Dewan Serba Guna Sibujaya, di sini malam kelmarin.

Menurut beliau, kejayaan HDC membangunkan Sibujaya juga berjaya menarik kira-kira 5,000 masyarakat Islam tinggal di situ.

“Walaupun tidak ramai masyarakat Islam yang tinggal di Sibujaya, tetapi mereka dapat tinggal dalam keadaan aman dan damai bersama masyarakat lain.

“Justeru, HDC perlu mencari pendekatan lebih baik untuk mengukuhkan ikatan persaudaraan di kalangan penduduk yang terdiri daripada pelbagai agama di Sibujaya,” katanya.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Bike week to promote integration, tourism

December 10, 2013

ONE FOR THE ALBUM: Members of Persatuan Motosikal Darussalam (Pemoda) from Brunei with president of Razz Chopper Motor Club, Abdul Razak Abdul Salam (back row, twelfth right).
SIBU: Sibu Bike Week should be organised on a bigger scale to promote tourism, regional relationship and racial integration, said Assistant Tourism Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

“Sibu Bike Week is a good way to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. I am all for it,” he said.

“We can invite people from all over Sarawak, Malaysia, Kalimantan and Brunei. This is good for regional relationship,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh and Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapaee had suggested that Bike Week be put on the tourism calendar of events.

Wong described it as an interesting event that would grow in magnitude in time to come.

Talib, who is Jepak assemblyman, recalled that last Sunday they had a group of elderly cyclists from Taiwan and Singapore, the youngest aged 68.

Youth Development Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah reckoned that bike week would be a good platform to strengthen racial integration and harmony.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Karim told Chee How: ‘Go through proper channel on DUN matters’

December 8, 2013

SIBU: Matters pertaining to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) should be discussed or brought up in DUN and not elsewhere, says Asajaya assemblyman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

The Assistant Minister of Youth Development was reacting to state PKR vice-chairman See Chee How’s call for the Parliamentary Review Committee set up in 2010 to be activated to enhance the dynamic and functional roles of Parliament and state assemblies.

See, who is Batu Lintang assemblyman, reportedly said the committee would examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the ministries, their government departments, associated agencies and public bodies.

This, added See, would enhance the independence of the legislative arm of the government and enable parliament and state assemblies to advance and progress.

Abdul Karim said: “I am unsure what YB See Chee How meant by activating the Parliament Review Committee. He is a member of the DUN and I hardly see him or his chairman YB Baru Bian speak in the DUN and/or raise anything about the dysfunctional role and weaknesses of the state DUN.

“I only see both of them very active giving comments outside of the DUN or to the public about the weaknesses of the government machineries as well as DUN.

Let there be new talents


KUCHING: Sponsorship programme by the private sector can be developed further to enable Sarawak to attain their highest level in development in football for the future.

Through the sponsorship, the Sarawak FA will be able to identify new players from the youth to play at the State level, said Assistant Minister Youth Development, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Speaking after the signing ceremony at the Isuzu Cup Under 19 Sarawak sponsorship between the Sarawak FA and Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Abdul Karim said new players for the Sarawak team will come from such sponsorships programme to help spur the development of the sport.

Later, Isuzu Malaysia presented a mock cheque for RM100,000 to the Sarawak FA.

“We need to follow through this kind of sponsorship programme to work out for more tournaments for this is where the development of future players come from.

“We hope from the under-19 development programme, Sarawak will be able to identify new players for the State team to bring football to another level,” said Karim who also thanked Isuzu for coming up with such an idea to help in the development of football in the State.

Senior manager, Vehicle Sales of Isuzu Malaysia, Junaidy Sulaiman in his address hoped the RM100,000 sponsorship will be an impetus for the state in aid of development efforts and to unearth new talents.

Karim puji kerjasama FAS-Isuzu


KERJASAMA: (Dari kiri) Junaidy, David, Abdul Karim, Sudarsono dan Abu Bakar menunjukkan isyarat bagus pada majlis perjanjian penajaan FAS dan Isuzu Malaysia di Dewan Masyarakat MBKS, Kuching semalam.
KUCHING: Menteri Muda Belia Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Ham­zah memuji ini­siatif FAS dan Isuzu Malaysia bekerjasama menganjurkan Kejohanan Bola Sepak Piala Isuzu-FAS Bawah 19 Tahun Sarawak.

Kejohanan tersebut akan berlangsung pada 15 hingga 22 Disember ini.

Karim, yang juga penasihat Persatuan Bolasepak Bahagian Samarahan, ber­harap kerjasama diantara FAS dan Isuzu Malaysia dapat mengembangkan mutu bola sepak negeri ini.

Manakala Pengurus Kanan Jualan Kenderaan Isuzu Malaysia, Junaidy Sulaiman berkata kerjasama menganjurkan kejohanan belia ada satu penghormatan kepada Isuzu Malaysia.

“Bola sepak adalah sukan yang popular. Ia satu peng­hormatan buat Isuzu kerana berpeluang membantu FAS dalam usahanya melahir­kan bakat-bakat baharu dan menggalakkan lebih ramai remaja melibatkan diri dalam tersebut.” 

Menurutnya, ini adalah kali pertama Isuzu Malay­sia terlibat dalam penajaan bola sepak dan berbesar hati kerana dapat menyumbang kepada pembangunan sukan tersebut di Sarawak.

Sementara itu, Presiden FAS Datu Sudarsono Osman berkata beliau berharap ker­jasama dengan Isuzu Malaysia dapat diteruskan pada masa akan datang.

Eight youth teams vie for Isuzu Cup

December 8, 2013

COMMON GOAL: Abu Bakar (far right) receiving the mock cheque from Junaidy (far left) during the signing ceremony between FAS and Isuzu Malaysia yesterday while Sudarsono (second, right), Abdul Karim (centre) and Tay looks on.
KUCHING: Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) hopes to break new ground with the Isuzu Cup which kicks off on Dec 15.

FAS president Datu Sudarsono Osman is hoping that the state-wide Under-19 tournament will be a key avenue to unearth new talents.

He was speaking to reporters during a sponsorship signing ceremony at the Dewan Masyarakat MBKS here yesterday as he thanked Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd for their generous support.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was present to witness the ceremony.

Rhino Motors general manager David Tay was also present.

Isuzu Malaysia has set aside RM100,000 to sponsor the tournament which is jointly organised by FAS and Samarahan Division Football Association (PBBS).

FAS deputy president Datu Mohd Abu Bakar Marzuki, who is chairman of the tournament organising committee, received a mock-cheque from the Isuzu Malaysia.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Karim terharu dengan sokongan padu penduduk Kampung Baru terhadap Barisan Nasional


ASAJAYA, Selasa — Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Pembangunan Belia (Bandar) Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah melahirkan rasa terharu atas sokongan penduduk Kampung Baru terhadap Barisan Nasional dalam Pilihanraya Umum (PRU) ke-13 yang lepas.

Beliau menyifatkan sokongan yang padu ini telah membantu Barisan Nasional mendapat kemenangan dalam pilihanraya tersebut.

Karim, merangkap ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) N14 Asajaya, berkata sedemikian telah menyempurnakan majlis sumbangan duit raya kepada golongan kurang upaya di kampung berkenaan.

Seramai 139 orang penerima sumbangan tersebut merangkumi 109 orang warga emas dan ibu tunggal selain 30 orang anak-anak yatim.

Menyentuh tentang sambutan hari raya, beliau mengingatkan agar bersederhana dalam menyambut lebaran selain bijak menguruskan perbelanjaan. 

"Setiap kali menjelangnya perayaan pasti besar keperluan yang akan digunakan. 

"Namun, kita harus lebih bijak menguruskan perbelanjaan dan elakkan diri dari berbelanja dengan boros," katanya. 

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Kuching to send 31 to compete in Selangor


KUCHING: Assistant Minister of Youth Development, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah donated RM3,000 to the Tang Soo Do Kuching District in conjunction with the 20th Tang Soo Do National Championship which will be held from Dec 14–15 in Selangor.

According to the Tang Soo Do Kuching District president, Harold Teo, this year Kuching will send 31 participants from red, brown and black belts to take part in the championship.

“Last year’s championship was held in Kuching and we became the first runners up with 11 gold, 13 silver, and 12 bronze behind Perak who became the champions with 18 gold, 10 silver, and 9 bronze.

“This year, we hope to level up with Perak to secure 15 golds or more,” he Tang Soo Do is a Korean form of martial arts.

Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Housing, said that martial arts is good for the youths as it helps keep their minds and bodies in peak condition. “This will also provide good results for their studies as most students who are active in extra-curricular activities usually perform well in their studies,” he added.

Karim: Tang Soo Do should be included into Sukma


KUCHING: According to Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, he will bring up the matter of incorporating Korean martial arts Tang Soo Do into the Sukma Games.

Abdul Karim said that Tang Soo Do is a popular form of martial arts all over the country and found no reason as to why it should not be included into the Sukma Games.

“It does not only make the mind and body strong, but it also teaches discipline,” he said at Wisma Sultan Tengah here yesterday.

He said Sarawak has a lot of potentials in the sport as the exponents first runners up with 11 gold, 13 silver, and 12 bronze in last year’s Tang Soo Do National Championship.

“If this is incorporated into the Sukma Games, Sarawak will have a good chance of winning medals.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Galeri: ‘Sarawak Education Development Expo 2013’

December 1, 2013

SOUVENIR PRESENTATION: Datu Len Talif Salleh (left) presenting a souvenir to Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

INTERESTING: Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud admiring the work of a culinary art trainee at one of the expo booths.