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Friday, 29 August 2014

Galeri: State-level Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri 2014

August 29, 2014

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (fourth left) lights a bamboo cannon to symbolically launch the state-level Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri as (from left) Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Toh Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem, Puan Sri Dato Jamilah Anu, Dato Sri Empiang, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (right) look on.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Galeri: Hi-Tea with TYT Tun Taib

August 27, 2014


Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, his wife Toh Puan Ragad Kurdi Taib (third right), Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (left), Datuk Patrick Liew (second left) and their wives doing the cake cutting ceremony.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Case of school boys nabbed with drugs saddens Abdul Karim

August 25, 2014

KUCHING: Assistant Minister of Youth Development, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah is dismayed with the incident where eight school boys in Sibu were caught with ‘ganja’ in a school bag.

He said the incident showed drug usage in the state had crept into schools.

“I’m sad to hear the latest case of the eight school boys caught with drugs which reflects the state of drug usage in the state and it may not be an isolated case,” Abdul Karim said in a texted message recently.

He hoped this was not just the tip of the iceberg.

He was commenting on a case at a secondary school in Sibu, where six Form 3 students and two Form 4 students were found inside a toilet – one of them with ganja in a school bag.

The report said the case was confirmed by Sibu deputy police chief Supt Martin Koo.

Abdul Karim hoped Education Department, police, Anti-Drug Agency and related agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the community would continue the fight against drugs.
 

Sunday, 24 August 2014

DAP Sarawak cuba gagalkan rundingan royalti minyak, gas


Tindakan tersebut (kenyataan negatif) hanya menjejaskan rundingan yang dilakukan antara kerajaan negeri, Petronas dan kerajaan persekutuan. - Tuan Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: Parti Tindakan Demokratik (DAP) Sarawak didakwa cuba mengagalkan rundingan royalti minyak dan gas antara kerajaan negeri dan kerajaan persekutuan apabila Pengerusinya, Chong Chieng Jen baru-baru ini berkata ekuiti 10 peratus dalam MLNG 4 ditawarkan Petronas kepada Sarawak bukan satu pencapaian yang membanggakan.

Setiausaha Agung Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom berkata, DAP lebih gemar jika rundingan untuk menambah royalti 20 peratus berbanding lima peratus pada masa sekarang gagal.

“Jelas menerusi kenyataan sedemikian, DAP mahu menjejaskan perbincangan antara kerajaan negeri dan Petronas dan mereka ingin memastikan ia tidak berjaya kerana ia akan membawa manfaat kepada rakyat Sarawak.

“Dan dengan jelas ia akan membawa sokongan yang lebih baik kepada Barisan Nasional dan menghalang (projek) Impian Sarawak mereka,” katanya menerusi satu kenyataan di sini, semalam.

Pada malam Selasa lepas, Ketua Menteri Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem mengumumkan Petronas menawarkan ekuiti 10 peratus dalam MLNG 4 kepada Sarawak.

Susulan itu, Chong yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bandar Kuching berkata orang ramai tidak wajar keliru antara ekuiti dan tuntutan royalti minyak dan gas 20 peratus.

Katanya, tiada kejutan dalam penawaran itu kerana sebelum ini Sarawak ditawarkan saham lima peratus untuk MLNG 1 dan 10 peratus masing-masingnya untuk MLNG 2 dan MLNG 3.

Stop slamming oil and gas negotiations - Karim

August 24, 2014

KUCHING: The opposition has been called on to stop pouring cold water on the ongoing negotiations between the state government, Petronas, and the federal government on Sarawak’s oil and gas rights.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the proposed 10 per cent stake in Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas Sdn Bhd (MLNG) 4 as announced by Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem recently was among the first results of the ongoing negotiations.

Speaking to thesundaypost yesterday, Abdul Karim, who is a Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member, said the state government was still negotiating on other areas, which it felt were pertinent for review.

These include opportunities for Sarawak entrepreneurs in the oil and gas industries and educational scholarships, he elaborated.

“It is not fair for YB Chong Chieng Jen (Democratic Action Party Sarawak chairman) to just pour cold water on these ongoing negotiations. Actually, the state committees are going to look into specific areas where Petronas is requested to increase participation, and until a final decision is made, it’s wise for YB Chong to support what the CM and the state government are doing instead of just making a sweeping running down remark,” he said.

Abdul Karim was responding to Chong’s statement that Sarawak’s 10 per cent stake in MLNG 4 “is nothing to shout about”.

The Bandar Kuching member of parliament and Kota Sentosa assemblyman went on to say that the state has held 10 per cent interest in MLNG 2 and 3 since the 1990s, adding that the Chief Minister’s Office should be very well aware that a 10-per cent stake in MLNG 4 “is a totally separate matter to the 20 per cent oil and gas royalty for Sarawak”.

Karim mahu aktiviti sukan ragbi dipergiatkan lagi

August 24, 2014

KUCHING: Menteri Muda Belia (Bandar) Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah mahu agar lebih banyak aktiviti sukan ragbi dianjurkan untuk manfaat anak-anak muda.

Beliau menegaskan pembabitan anak-anak muda secara aktif dalam sukan ini bukan sahaja memartabatkan sukan itu sendiri tetapi mampu meningkatkan disiplin mereka.

“Kita berharap sukan sep-erti ini dapat mencungkil ban-yak bakat baharu agar dapat dibawa ke peringkat lebih tinggi dan pada masa yang sama lebih mendisiplinkan mereka.

“Malah, mampu menger-atkan silaturahim kalangan pelajar dan pasukan yang terlibat,” katanya ketika berlangsungnya majlis penyampaian hadiah Festival Ragbi Bawah 15 Tahun sempena Festival Kuching.

Sementara itu, Pengerusi Pengelola Festival Kuching Karnival Sufian Aten memberitahu program berkenaan adalah anjuran tahunan sempena Festival Kuching.

“Ia bagi bukan sahaja untuk menyerlahkan bakat-bakat muda tetapi penting mewu-judkan semangat berpasukan di kalangan pemain,” ka-tanya.

Dalam kejohanan ini, Sekolah Menen-gah Kebangsaan (SMK) Ag-ama Sheikh Haji Othman Abdul Wahab (SHOAW) buat julung kalinya muncul sebagai juara selepas menumpaskan Kolej Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah.
 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Galeri: Opening of SHEDA Property Expo 2014

August 23, 2014


Adenan looking at a property model being displayed at Sheda Property Expo 2014 at BCCK accompanied by (from second left) Zaidi Ahmad, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and Sim Kiang Chiok.
Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem touring the exhibition booths.




Friday, 22 August 2014

Terenakka reti merdeka ba nembiak, ku Karim

August 22, 2014

Sida mega patut ngenalamka pemereti ba leka jaku nya ke udah diasai kitai ngelama 51 taun

KUCHING: Menteri Muda Pemansang Nembiak Datuk Abdul Karim Rah­man Hamzah meransang raban nembiak meretika enggau dalam reti merdeka lalu bebendar ngangkatka diri ngagai tikas ke tinggi agi.

“Kitai patut nerenak reti merdeka ba tiap iku anak ngambika sida meretika enggau dalam reti merdeka ke udah dijapai kitai penge­lama 51 taun.

“Nengeri sereta menua tu begunaka raban nembiak rebak baru tauka peturun ke ngembuan penau enggau pengelandik ke tinggi.

“Kitai begunaka peturun ke manah ke tau ngembing nengeri enggau menua ngagai tikas ke tinggi agi ari ke udah dijapai diatu,” ku iya.

Iya mansutka jaku tu ba pengawa ngepunka Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang (KMJG) enggau Kimpin Nuat Jalur Gemilang 2014, Opis Pemadah Malaysia (Sarawak) di Amphitheatre, Waterfront Kuching ditu, pagi kemari.

Iya ke mega Menteri Muda Pengawa Berumah nambah, kenyau merdeka ba taun 1963 mayuh macham ubah udah diasai lalu semua nya ungkup pemaik rayat.

Ku iya, pengudah mer­deka gaya politik nengeri tu majak manah lalu nge­muntangka atur perintah ke megai kuasa nusun semua program pemansang.
 

Abdul Karim: Better quality of life for all after independence

August 22, 2014

KUCHING: The people’s quality of life and standard of living have changed since Independence Day and we are progressing well as a nation, said Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdul Karim (second right) flagging off the convoy at Kuching Waterfront Amphitheatre.
He said after gaining independence, Malaysia developed into a respected nation that enjoys political stability and social economic development.

“Compared to where we were before independence of the country, now our people had changed for a better society, living in the era of modernisation in communication and transport and living harmoniously in this multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-racial society without fear as there are no more subversive threats from inside the country (period of communism),” he said before launching the ‘Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang’ and ‘Kempen Kibar Jalur Gemilang 2014’ at Kuching Waterfront Amphitheatre.

“Our leaders who struggled for independence should be respected as they had succeeded in giving us sovereignty and we all especially our young people should thank previous leaders and we hope to continue their legacy so that this country will remain strong and a respected nation,” he added.

The Asajaya assemblyman said Sarawakians now can see development from Kuching division up to Limbang division which was non-existent before independence.

“This is because we also have been very tolerant with one another and respect each other and what we have in Sarawak should be an example for all Malaysians to follow irrespective of race, religion and culture,” he said.

He urged every household, company and the public sector to fly the Jalur Gemilang at their homes, business premises or offices to commemorate the Independence Day and to show the spirit of patriotism.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

250 bands to join One Sarawak Youth Band Challenge 2014


Abdul Karim (left) and Sutaghani hold the brochure to announce the event.
KUCHING: Youths aged between 15 and 40 years are urged to participate in the One Sarawak Youth Band Challenge 2014, the first such event to allow local bands to showcase their musical talent.

The event is jointly organised by Ministry of Social Development and Pending Recreational Club.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this initiative celebrated the youth’s creativity, dynamism, versatility and talent. It’s a platform to unleash their musical potential to the fullest.

Auditions would be held in four areas – Sarikei (Aug 31 and Sept 1), Miri (Sept 8 and 9), Kuching (Sept 16 and 16) and Sri Aman (Sept 19).

The venue is the respective town’s civic centre.

The closing date for registration is a week before the audition.

Those who could not make the audition at the specific area can join the audition at other areas, on condition that the band members remain.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Majlis terbuka sedia platfom untuk rakyat beramah mesra dan kukuh perpaduan

August 17, 2014

ASAJAYA: Menteri Muda Pembangunan Sosial Datuk Abdul Karim melahirkan rasa gembira melihat sambutan yang menggalakkan terhadap Majlis Jom Berambeh Raya Bersama Pemimpin di Kompleks Sukan Asajaya semalam.

Beliau menegaskan adanya majlis seumpama ini, ia dapat menyediakan platfom kepada rakyat untuk bergaul dan berinteraksi diantara satu sama lain.

Karim menyifatkan interaksi sosial ini penting untuk mengukuhkan kesefahaman dikalangan rakyat.

Selain dari itu, tambah beliau lagi, Majlis Jom Berambeh Raya Bersama Pemimpin juga dapat memberi peluang kepada komuniti untuk beramah mesra bersama pemimpin di kawasan mereka.

“Saya berharap usaha ini dapat diteruskan dalam kita memastikan kerjasama yang erat sentiasa terjalin di antara pemimpin dengan rakyat khasnya di akar umbi,” ujarnya.

Kira-kira seramai 500 ahli-ahli Rukun Tetangga Bahagian Samarahan yang dianjurkan oleh Jabatan Perpaduan Negara dan Integrasi Nasional (JPNIN).

Turut hadir, Pengarah JPNIN Sarawak Dirwana Azool.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Karim condemns the shooting of Wong Soon Koh's house

August 15, 2014

KUCHING: Political leaders in the state strongly condemn the shooting of a house belonging to Minister of Local Government and Community Development Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.

They hoped that a thorough investigation would be carried out soonest to solve the problem.

Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil described the shooting as life-threatening and should be strongly condemned.

“We don’t know the motive of the shooting but definitely it is life-threatening and as such we hope the authorities concerned such as the police will carry out a thorough investigation and bring the culprit to book,” he said.

In the incident, one of the windows at the minister’s residence in Sibu was fired at using shotgun.

He said what was obvious was that the shooter was trying to put the law into his own hands and this was something most unwarranted for in a peaceful state like Sarawak.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he was shocked to hear a senior minister’s house being shot at.
 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Galeri: Karim presents Gold Award

August 14, 2014

Datuk Abd Karim Rahman Hamzah presents a gold award to Chuah Kee Man while Unimas vice-chancellor Professor Dato’ Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi (right) looks on.

Karim harap UNIMAS jadi perintis termaju melalui kajian dan penyelidikan

August 14, 2014

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Seramai lapan penerima Anugerah Emas menerima pengiktirafan selepas dinobatkan sebagai pemenang menerusi Ekspo Penyelidikan dan Pembangunan (R&D) Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) 2014.

Ekspo dua hari yang berakhir semalam itu disertai 61 disiplin penyelidikan yang merangkumi bidang Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, Teknologi Kejuruteraan, Sains Tulen serta Komputer dan Teknologi Maklumat.

Majlis penangguhan ekspo tersebut disempurnakan Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Menurutnya, penganjuran ekspo seumpama itu amat disambut baik sebagai platform untuk warga penyelidik serta mahasiswa UNIMAS mencipta produk yang dapat dikomersialkan di pasaran semasa.

“Menerusi penganjuran ekspo seperti ini, ia dapat menjadi pemangkin serta suntikan kepada budaya persaingan di kalangan penyelidik untuk menghasilkan produk terbaik yang dapat dimajukan sebagai produk komersial.

“Pada masa sama, ia juga diharap dapat menjadi laluan untuk berkongsi idea dan pendapat mengenai hasil penyelidikan sekali gus menjadikan UNIMAS sebagai perintis termaju menerusi bidang kajian dan penyelidikan,” katanya.

Selain itu, beliau yang juga Menteri Muda Perumahan mengakui, dengan adanya produk penyelidikan yang bertaraf antarabangsa, UNIMAS dapat membantu dalam pembangunan serta kemajuan negeri secara khususnya.
 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Karim aye to regulation on Facebook


KUCHING: Assistant Youth Development Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believes that the usage and access to Facebook should be regulated.

Abdul Karim said it was high time that the government, through Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), regulate the usage of social media and register those who use it.

This was because some users of Facebook and other social media channels had been spewing racial and religious hatred through their postings.

“Through this way, the government can instill responsibility on these users and don’t let them use Facebook or other mode of cyber communications to create disharmony, unrest or racial incitement,” he said when contacted yesterday.

The Asajaya assemblyman was asked to comment on Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek’s recent statement that the government would study whether it was necessary to bar access to Facebook following cases of abuse through the social website.

Ahmad Shabery said his ministry was conducting studies to gather public views on the matter.

Meanwhile, PKR Stampin branch secretary Desmond Kho, when contacted, said the Communications and Multimedia Ministry must take the studies seriously to determine whether the access to Facebook was detrimental to the society.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Galeri: Reunion of Class 1977

August 11, 2014

Members of St Joseph’s class of 1977 pose for a photo during their reunion at the Victoria Arms in Merdeka Palace on Saturday. Seen are Dr Kong (second row, second left), Ikhwan (second row, left), Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (front row, right) and others.


Friday, 8 August 2014

Karim: Proposal stupid, ridiculous



KUCHING: The proposal by Petaling Jaya Utara UMNO deputy division chief Mohamad Azli Mohamed Saad to discuss about the abolishment of the Chinese vernacular school system during the next UMNO general assembly in November was stupid and ridiculous.

Assistant Minister Youth Development Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said such individual should go back to school and learn civic knowledge on how to live in a multiracial society.


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Semua ejensi penerit undang-undang patut ngemeratka agi bansa ukum ti dipejalaika

August 7, 2014

KUCHING: Ejensi ari baruh Opis Kandang Menua patut beratika kes bunuh sereta pengawa belaya ke seruran nyadi di nengeri tu diputar nengah undang-undang ke terit agi lalu ukai semina ngudahka kes nya enda diukum setipak enggau penyalah ke digaga orang nya.

Menteri Muda Pemansang Nembiak (Nengeri) Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah madah beratika kes bunuh ti bisi nyadi dini hari kemari, alai dua iku nembiak universiti ari United Kingdom dibunuh seraban orang enda entu jauh ari sebuah hotel mit di nengeri tu, ku iya, kes bansa tu patut nyadika lalau, atur undang-undang enda tau enda diteritka, lalu ukai semina ngudahka kes baka nya aja.

“Orang ke munuh nya patut diberi ukum berat, polis pan anang semina ngudahka kes bansa nya aja. Kitai suah endar udah ninga kes bunuh, belaya ngena senyata tajam, lalu enti diperatika nyau majak nambah. Kes ke nyadi dini hari nya, sebengkah kes ke udah suah didinga kitai tang taja pan orang nya kena tangkap, kadang-kadang sida tu dilepas baka nya aja, dijamin lalu udah nya, maya patut ngenataika diri ngagai kot, sida iya lari, enda temu tunga agi.

“Ni maya kitai deka ngemunaska orang bansa tu ari pasar-pasar kitai. Tangkap sida tu lalu beri ukum ke berat, jil dalam timpuh ke panjai,” ku Abdul Karim.

Iya nandu baru, bedau lama tu tadi, kes ke nyauka sebaka, nyadi ba nembiak di Samajaya, ba rumah jaga alai seraban orang ngena mutosikal mantap nembiak nya di rumah jaga tang gambar sida iya bisi kena ambi CCTV.

“Pengawa bansa nya kelalu jai, lalu orang ke ngereja pengawa salah nya bedau ditangkap. Bakani ku polis sereta kot kitai enda ulih ngemutarka kes nya, baka kes nya enda berat ba sida iya?,” tanya iya.

Pengawa munuh dua iku nembiak dini hari nya kemari, enggau sekeda kes bukai (belaya, bebunuh) meri malu ngagai Sarawak sereta Malaysia.
 

Abdul Karim dismayed at murder of British students

August 7, 2014

KUCHING: Law enforcement agencies must buck up especially when it comes to upholding security in the state.


Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah made this reminder when commenting on the murder of two British medical students here early yesterday morning, which he described as unfortunate.

“I feel sad hearing of the murder of two young Caucasians at Jalan Abell this morning (yesterday) and wondered what was happening to our society now,” he said in a text message sent to The Borneo Post yesterday.

In view of this, he therefore urged the police not to rest on their laurels.

“Are our police and judiciary capable enough to address these problems or are they just being apathetic about what is happening? This latest incident brings shame to Sarawak and Malaysia.

“The law enforcement agencies must buck up. The society must cry out and show their concern and rid us of these despicable rascals who turn our street into their battlefield,” he stressed.

Abdul Karim also expressed distraught at the increasing number of murder cases here.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Raban DAP enggau PKR berami ngabang Hari Raya ngagai Karim

August 4, 2014

KUCHING: Menteri Muda Pengawa Berumah ke mega Kaban Kaunsil Besai Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah kemari, nerima penatai raban pengabang Hari Raya ari Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) enggau Democratic Action Party (DAP) di rumah iya di Jalai Astana ditu.

Raban DAP diuluka Chairman DAP Sarawak ke mega MP Bandar Kuching sereta ADUN Kota Sentosa Chong Chieng Jen lalu PKR diuluka Chairman ke mega ADUN Ba’kelalan Baru Bian.

Raban ari kededua parti penyakal nya ngungkupka awak enda kurang ari sejam begulai enggau pengabang bukai ngerami Hari Raya di rumah Karim lalu nya mandangka bida runding politik enda nagang sida berami begulai.

“Nadai salah kami raban ketuai ari parti penyakal begusung ngagai ketuai ari perintah Barisan Nasional (BN) rambau pengerami Hari Raya tu.

“Kitai (PKR) bisi nerima surat kangau ari Karim lalu ba pengerami Hari Raya taun ke udah kitai bisi ngabang ngagai rumah Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim sereta ketuai BN ke bukai,”ku Mandal Chairman PKR Sarawak ke mega ADUN Batu Lintang See Chee How ke bisi datai.

Nyaut tanya pemberita senentang penunga ADUN (PKR) Krian Ali Biju ti didinga deka ngalih ngagai parti bukai bedau lama tu tadi, See madahka Ali mengkang dalam PKR lalu iya sigi enda ngalih.

“Ali diatu benung kiruh ngabang, betemu enggau rayat di Saratok enggau Bintulu lalu nya meh kebuah iya enda enggau raban PKR ngabang di Kuching.

Chong, Baru at Karim's open house

KUCHING: State DAP and PKR leaders were among the visitors at the Hari Raya open house hosted by Assistant Minister for Youth Development (Urban Areas) Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday.


They included state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, state PKR chairman Baru Bian and their elected representatives Wong King Wei (DAP-Padungan), Violet Yong (DAP-Pending), Christina Chiew (DAP-Batu Kawa), Julian Tan (DAP-Stampin) and See Chee How (PKR-Batu Lintang).



Both delegations comprising over 20 people extended their festive greetings to Abdul Karim, who is also Asajaya assemblyman, at his residence at Jalan Astana in Petra Jaya.



Assistant Minister for Community Services Datuk Peter Nansian Ngusie was among the other guests.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Kuching may have a new Chinese school soon

August 3, 2014


Abang Johari (second left) and his wife Datin Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang with Abdul Karim (second right) and Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin


KUCHING: The state government has earmarked a piece of land between Batu Kawa and Kota Sentosa for the construction of a Chinese medium school.

However, Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who revealed this, declined to state its exact location in order to prevent land speculation.

He told reporters covering his Hari Raya visit to  Assistant Housing Minister Datuk Karim Rahman Hamzah here yesterday that the proposed project was the result of the recent dialogue session between the Chinese Middle Schools Management Board, led by its chairman Richard Wee, and Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem.

“My ministry had been briefed on the matter and we have identified a piece of land between Batu Kawa and Kota Sentosa (for the proposed school).

“We can work with the Board to raise funds (for its construction) and at the same time work out a formula to have the property under them, or have a kind of trust to look after it.”

On state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s call on Friday to the state government to develop 263.6 acres of state land along Batu Kawa into affordable flats for the poor, Abang Johari said there was nothing new to Chong’s suggestion.

“My ministry have our own plan for housing. The next question Chong will ask is where is the land for the (proposed) school located? I can’t divulge that for now as it can lead to speculation of the price of land in the area.”

Karim: Miri MP seems to follow law of jungle

August 3, 2014


SIBU: Miri MP Michael Teo seems to be following the ‘law of the jungle’ in mulling to remove the Miri mayor over the waterfront issue.

PBB Supreme Council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in giving this opinion, questioned if there was anything under the law where the public could file a petition to remove a mayor.

Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman, was commenting on Dr Teo’s statement that if mayor Lawrence Lai did not provide a good explanation as to why the parking lots were removed for an access road, they would resort to conduct a petition to have him removed.

“Dr Michael Teo must know how to live up to his stature as an elected parliamentarian.

“He is doing things to seek cheap publicity,” he told thesundaypost yesterday.

He recalled the other day Teo was seen manhandling some employees of a company doing some contract work.

“Well, he gets the publicity. Now, he wants to do a petition to remove the mayor.

Kaji selidik portal berita tidak tepat: Abdul Karim

August 3, 2014

KUCHING: Kaji selidik atas talian yang dijalankan sebuah portal berita yang menunjukkan semakin ra­mai rakyat Malaysia Timur mahu Sarawak dan Sabah meninggalkan Persekutuan Malaysia disifatkan sebagai berat sebelah.

Menteri Muda Perumahan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, tinjauan itu yang hanya disertai indi­vidu-individu tertentu tidak mewakili suara orang ramai secara keseluruhan.

“Bagi saya, tinjauan itu tidak tepat dan tidak adil un­tuk menyiarkannya bagi men­gatakan penduduk Sarawak dan Sabah mahu keluar dari Malaysia. Kenapa pada pili­han raya baik negeri mahupun Parlimen, kita menang mudah padahal rakyat turut mempu­nyai peluang bersuara pada pilihan raya.

“Sebaiknya, portal berita itu perlu melakukan tinjauan di setiap konstituensi, tanya pendapat 50 orang hingga 100 orang di setiap konstituensi dan saya yakin, keputusan kaji selidik itu sudah tentu berbeza daripada sebelumnya,” ka­tanya ketika ditemui di Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri di kediamannya di Jalan Astana di sini, semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas mengenai laporan portal ber­ita atas talian, ‘The Malaysian Insider’ berhubung pungutan suara yang menunjukkan trend rakyat Malaysia Timur kini semakin bergolak, den­gan kebanyakan penduduk bandar Sarawak bercakap secara terbuka mengenai idea meninggalkan Malaysia.

Dalam laporan tersebut, tinjauan terhadap 100 orang di Malaysia Timur mend­edahkan 72 peratus daripada rakyat Sarawak berasa men­inggalkan Persekutuan Ma­laysia adalah pilihan terbaik, dengan hanya 14 peratus di Sabah bersetuju.

Undian itu turut mend­edahkan perasaan curiga dan kekecewaan yang masih wujud di antara Semenanjung Malaysia, Sabah dan Sarawak setengah abad selepas Perse­kutuan Malaysia ditubuhkan pada 16 September 1963.

Karim dismisses news portal’s ‘independence survey’

August 3, 2014




Abdul Karim (left) and wife with Fatimah (fifth right), Adi (third right) and family and Talip and Zaliha at his Hari Raya Open House at Jalan Astana.


KUCHING: Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah lashes out at a news portal for claiming that 97 per cent of people of Sarawak want their state to cede from Malaysia based on its survey.

He said statistical findings based on improper surveys could not be used as reflection of the people’s feeling.

“I was made to understand that this portal merely asked 100 people- 50 from Sarawak and 50 from Sabah and who are those 50 from Sarawak? If they were ask people from Asajaya,I think all of them will say ‘no’ to getting out of Malaysia,” he said when met at his Hari Raya Open House in Jalan Astana here yesterday.

People from different areas would give different answers so a survey must be done professionally covering a cross section of the people.

He also refuted claims by the news portal that Sarawak was not developed as being very subjective as they should compare the state now to 15 to 20 years ago.

“There are so many changes in Sarawak, take for example Bintulu 20 years ago only had 5,000 people and now it has 250,000 people. Samarahan areas 20 years ago were accessible only by sea and now it takes less than an hour’s drive to get to the area.

“It is wrong to say that we are undeveloped,” he said.