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Friday, 27 June 2014

Karim tells Tian Chua to settle fist- and chair- fighters issue in PKR before poking his nose into State BN's affairs

June 27, 2014

"Like the Malay saying ‘jaga tepi kain sendiri’ which roughly means look after your own house and problems. That is what I want to say to Tian Chua." Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah 

SIBU: State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi yesterday refuted Batu MP Tian Chua’s claim that the poser over Teras is a sign of BN breaking apart, saying the issue would be resolved amicably.

Dr Rundi, who is Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications), expressed confidence that Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem would work out the solution, the BN Sarawak’s way.

He was reacting to Tian Chua’s claim that the tussle between the ‘merger of minds’ group comprising BN component parties PRS, SUPP and SPDP and BN-friendly Teras was the first sign that BN was disintegrating and losing its direction.

Dr Rundi said: “Of course not, and we will make sure it will be resolved amicably and we trust and are confident that CM will come out with the solution when the time comes, of course BN Sarawak way.”

According to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the federal BN had given Adenan the mandate to settle the dispute over the seats allocated to SUPP, SPDP and PRS claimed by pro-BN Teras.

Meanwhile, PBB Supreme Council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday told PKR to put their house in order and not to meddle in others’ affair.

“Like the Malay saying ‘jaga tepi kain sendiri’ which roughly means look after your own house and problems. That is what I want to say to Tian Chua,” Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman, said.
  

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Galeri: Majlis Konvokesyen Politeknik Kuching Sarawak Ke-22

June 25, 2014

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah striking the gong to officiate at the event as PKS director Clara Ong (second left) and others look on. -Borneo Post

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Karim puzzles why PBB not invited to the PRS-SUPP-SPDP's 'merger of minds'


KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Supreme Council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is puzzled by the omission of PBB in the “merger of the minds” announced by presidents of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

“My only puzzle is why PBB was not invited to be together in this merger (of the mind). Maybe some leaders do not see PBB as relevant anymore and do not fit into their so called merger (of the mind).

“I am unsure of what this ‘merger of minds’ as announced by the three BN component leaders are. They would be in better position to answer what is this merger of mind,” he said in statement to The Borneo Post yesterday.

Karim was referring to the meeting among Tan Sri Peter Chin (SUPP president), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (SPDP interim president) and Masing (PRS president) during a closing of the Gawai Dayak celebration at Masing’s residence, here on Saturday evening.

They announced at a joint press conference that they had teamed up in defending their seats allocation in the BN from being taken over by new party Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) after 10 elected representatives from SUPP, SPDP and Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) quit their parties to join Teras on May 15.

On May 16, the 10 elected representatives met state BN chairman and Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem to pledge their allegiance to the BN despite having left their BN component parties.

Last Saturday Masing said PRS was allocated by the BN nine state seats while SUPP (19) and SPDP (8) which means the three parties would be contesting in 36 seats in the next state election.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Pemergian Wong Ho Leng kehilangan besar dalam arena politik Sarawak

June 23, 2014

Wong Ho Leng seorang yang berdedikasi dan komited dalam perjuangan politiknya. -Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Pemergian Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Bukit Assek Wong Ho Leng disifatkan kehilangan besar dalam arena politik Sarawak meskipun mendiang berpegang kepada ideologi politik yang berbeza.

Menurut Pengerusi Kelab Penyokong Barisan Nasional Negeri (BNBBC) Sarawak Abdullah Saidol, Wong merupakan seorang pemimpin politik yang lantang berbicara terutama ketika membangkitkan isu pada Persidangan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN).

“Sebagai seorang ADUN yang baharu, saya rasa bertuah dan bangga kerana berkesempatan mengenali seorang pemimpin seperti beliau terutama pengalaman berdepan dengannya setiap kali DUN bersidang.

“Bagi pihak rakan-rakan BNBBC Sarawak serta semua setiausaha politik Ketua Menteri, saya ingin menyampaikan ucapan takziah kepada keluarga Mendiang Wong Ho Leng,” kata Abdullah yang juga ADUN Semop dan Ketua Setiausaha Politik Ketua Menteri.

Menteri Muda Perumahan merangkap ADUN Asajaya Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pula melihat Wong sebagai seorang yang berdedikasi dan komited dalam perjuangan politiknya.

“Hakikatnya mendiang seorang pemidato yang baik dan Sarawak telah kehilangan seorang pemimpin politik yang baik walaupun mendiang pemimpin yang duduk dalam barisan pembangkang.

“Beliau adalah seorang yang profesional dan mempunyai ramai rakan dalam BN,” kata bekas pengerusi BNBBC Sarawak itu.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Galeri: SHDC’s Ngiling Bidai 2014

 June 17, 2014

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg joins the ‘Ngirup Ai Pengayu’ toast led by organising chairman Jonathan Lapok Anggat (second right).
TRADISI: Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg ditemani tetamu kehormat lain menjalankan upacara ‘ngiling tikai’ sebagai simbolik perasmian -Sumber

Abdul Karim: BN transparent with finances and doesn't do coffee shop politics like Dr. Teo

June 17, 2014

SIBU: The Barisan Nasional (BN) government practises transparency and good governance in its finances, including development funds by its elected representatives.

PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah mentioned this yesterday in response to Miri MP Dr Michael Teo’s recent challenge to BN elected representatives to put their development-fund book before the Auditor-General to prove they were ‘clean’.

Dr Teo said this was necessary because the amount allocated to them annually was huge.

To this, Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman, said: “We don’t play coffee shop politics like MP Teo.

“Let me reiterate that these development funds are not for the YBs personal use as ‘pocket money’ like what MP Teo seems to imply.

“There are terms, conditions and guidelines on how the monies are to be spent.

“It cannot be spent by the YBs as they like. All proposals for expenditures have to be submitted and evaluated by a certain committee for vetting and approval. The YBs can only propose.”

Monday, 16 June 2014

Friday, 13 June 2014

Galeri: Welcome to China!

June 13, 2014

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg (fourth right) with members of the Guangzhou Chinese Chamber and members of the Sarawak delegation. Also seen are Assistant Ministers of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (fourth left) and Datuk Francis Harden (third right).

GST tidak harus dilihat punca utama harga rumah naik


SIBU: Orang ramai tidak harus melihat pelaksanaan Cukai Barangan dan Perkhidmatan (GST) yang akan dilaksanakan mulai tahun depan sebagai punca utama kenaikan harga rumah di negeri ini.

Menteri Muda Perumahan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, pihak tertentu harus lebih berhati-hati mengeluarkan kenyataan terutama berkaitan dengan GST dan harga rumah.

“Jangan lihat pelaksanaan dan kesan GST ini sebagaimana pihak pembangkang melihatnya. Kaji terlebih dahulu bagaimana GST ini berfungsi baharu kita boleh memberi pandangan,” ujarnya ketika dihubungi, semalam.

Abdul Karim berkata demikian ketika memberi maklum balas mengenai kenyataan Setiausaha Agung Persatuan Pemaju Perumahan dan Hartanah Sarawak (SHEDA) Sim Kian Chiok yang disiarkan sebuah akhbar tempatan, kelmarin.

Sim dipetik berkata, GST dilihat memberi kesan kepada kos pembinaan atau pembangunan, yang turut mendatangkan kesan kepada harga rumah.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Karim: Is DAP trying to hoodwink the Dayaks again?


“It’s better for DAP to name their proposed CM candidate for us to evaluate his or her capability.” Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

SIBU: State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi says what the DAP have promised to offer the Dayaks can be described as political gimmick.

“It is an open knowledge that they are trying to get the Dayaks’ support to be in power through their ‘Impian Sarawak’, and their so-called go-rural drive and so on.

“Based on past and current practices, there is no hint at all about ‘Dayaks at heart’ in DAP but merely politicking…don’t forget that majority rules.

“So in the case of DAP … stop misleading the Dayaks into believing your tricks,” Dr Rundi, who is Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications), said.

He was asked to comment on state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s statement reiterating their stand on nominating a Dayak for chief minister if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) came to power in the next state election.

PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, on the other hand, said it was easy to ‘hang carrots’ and give sky-high promises.

“It’s better for DAP to name their proposed CM candidate for us to evaluate his or her capability,” he said, adding that they would not want someone who was half past six or pulled by the nose by DAP to be CM.

Calon KM adalah boneka DAP


“Mengapa mereka tiba-tiba berubah arah? Pada masa sama mengapa DAP mahu masyarakat Dayak menjadi Ketua Menteri dan mereka tidak berminat dengan jawatan tersebut." -Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

SIBU: Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) diingatkan agar tidak terus mengelirukan masyarakat Dayak dengan pelbagai gimik politik untuk meraih sokongan bagi mencapai agenda mereka.

Setiausaha Agung Barisan Nasional (BN) Negeri Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi berpendapat, parti pembangkang dari Semenanjung Malaysia itu tidak mempunyai niat untuk membantu masyarakat Dayak di sini.

“Semua tahu mereka hanya cuba meraih sokongan masyarakat Dayak untuk berkuasa dengan memperkenalkan pelbagai gimik seperti Impian Sarawak, ‘Go Rural’ dan sebagainya.

“Namun berdasarkan amalan mereka sebelum ini, DAP tidak pernah mempedulikan masyarakat Dayak. Ini semua semata-mata kerana politik.

“Oleh itu, berhenti mengelirukan masyarakat Dayak dengan pelbagai tipu helah,” ujar Dr Rundi yang juga Menteri Muda Kemudahan Awam.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta memberi pandangan mengenai kenyataan Pengerusi DAP Negeri, Chong Chieng Jen yang menegaskan pendirian mereka untuk mencalonkan dari kalangan masyarakat Dayak sebagai Ketua Menteri sekiranya Pakatan Rakyat (PR) menang pada Pilihan Raya Negeri akan datang.

Chong dipetik berkata demikian ketika Sambutan Rumah Terbuka Gawai Dayak di Stadium Mini Sri Aman minggu lepas.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Galeri: Working visit to China

June 11, 2014

Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg presents a souvenir to Yin Hailin in the presence of Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (left) and Datuk Francis Harden Hollis (second left).
Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg (centre) in a photo call at Xu Qiang’s office. Yu is the president of North China Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute in Tianjin.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Galeri: Thanksgiving-cum-Incentives Presentation Dinner for State Sukma Contingent

June 8, 2014

Grace Wong Xiu Mei receives her incentive from Lee while Affandi (right) and Karim look on. — Photo by Davidson Kho

Resounding endorsement for CM

June 8, 2014

“The first 10 days as chief minister was full of events and he showed his capability as chief executive officer of the state in riding through these events without any glitches.” Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

Adenan being interviewed during ‘Khas Bersama’ show to commemorate his 100 days in office at RTM Auditorium.
Adenan’s first 100 days in office has convinced the people he is the right person to take over the helm of the state

KUCHING: The commitment of Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to stave off religious and racial extremists, strong stance on Sarawak’s position in the nation, call for oil and gas 20 per cent royalty for the state and reaching out to the opposition in his first 100 days has won him a resounding endorsement from the people.

It was not only his stance on these key issues that won him the plaudits as Adenan had also proven that he could walk the talk by putting his words into action as shown by his approval of RM1 million for the medical bills of former DAP state chief Wong Ho Leng.

A survey carried out by thesundaypost showed that the new chief minister has won the approval of the people and leaders in his first 100 days in office.

Minister of Works Datuk Fadillah Yusof says Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem has proven that he is the right man to take over from Tun Pehin Sri Taib Mahmud as chief minister.

Fadillah added that Adenan had lived up to the expectations of the people in his first 100 days.

“I’m very thankful that the people in the state have been giving great response to the chief minister’s first 100 days in office,” he said yesterday after officiating at the Datuk Fadillah Sepak Takraw competition at The Hills shopping complex.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Financial assistance to fire victims of Kampung Melayu

June 5, 2014

Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (fourth right) hands over food and cash donations to fire victim Hasni Nin at Kampung Melayu in Asajaya. Samarahan Resident Abdul Rahman Sebli Senusi is on the left. The May 24 fire leaves four families homeless. — Photo by Jeffery Mostapa

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Karim: Sarawakians happy with PM's pledge on royalty request


KUCHING: Two state BN leaders yesterday welcomed Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s assurance that the federal government would consider Sarawak’s request for higher oil and gas royalty.

Asajaya assemblyman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Sarawak, being a big state and a major contributor to the national coffer, deserved to be given more funds to build the needed infrastructure in many areas.

“We do not want to lag behind the other states be it in terms of roads, education, utilities, housing and others,” he said when contacted yesterday.

The motion for a hike in oil and gas royalty from the present five per cent to 20 per cent was unanimously passed in the State Legislative Assembly last month. It was a historic moment of sorts as both sides of the political divide supported the motion.

During his speech at the Malaysia Gawai Dayak Open House on Monday, the prime minister said the federal government would “give utmost consideration on this matter (request).”

Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development, said the royalty agreement was signed in 1974, and as such it was time for a review.

“It cannot be static. On the other hand, the good federal-state government relationship and political stability need to be maintained for the state and nation to prosper.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Galeri: Gawai Day celebration for SUKMA athletes in Perlis


Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail (centre) accompanied by Fadillah, Karim, Sarawak Sukma officials, Perlis state government Exco members being led to the ceremony hall by two Iban warrior dancers in full costume.
Recipients of the cash incentives posing with the Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Jamalulal (fourth left) while Raja Puan Muda of Perlis Tuanku Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil (fourth right), Fadillah (third left), Karim (left) and other guests look on. Borneo Post