Thursday, 28 May 2015

Pemutus kot nadai nanggul BN nyendia diri napi PRN

Pekara nya entara Kot Tinggi enggau SPRM, tepulai ba sida enti deka ngapil baru tauka enda

KUCHING:Pemutus Kot Tinggi Kuching nginsil notis pengawa magi garis sitak Kunsil Nengeri ti dipejalai Komiti Pengawa Bepilih (SPRM) bedau lama tu tadi,nadai nanggul Barisan Nasional (BN) nyendiaka diri napi Pengawa Bepilih Kunsil Nengeri, ku Sekretari Besai BN Menua Datuk Dr. Stephen Rundi anak Utom.

“Ba pemutus Kot Tinggi ti digaga bedau lama tu tadi bekaul enggau pengawa magi garis sitak Kunsil Nengeri baru nya entara SPRM enggau Kot Tinggi.

“Ba penemu BN, enti SPRM deka ngapil, nya barang ku sida iya laban sida iya nemu agi kini tunga kuing ke patut dituju sida iya. Kami (BN Menua) nadai kaul enggau penemu SPRM, nya entara SPRM enggau Kot Tinggi,” ku Rundi.

Ba penemu exco Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Sarawak (PBB), ti mega nyadi Menteri Muda Pengawa Berumah Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah madahka pemutus Kot Tinggi nya enda ngachau penuduk BN.

“Enda ngira semua kerusi nya 71 tauka 82, enda ngachau…Kami ditu gawa ke rayat. Ni naka pemayuh kerusi nya pan, nambah tauka enda, BN Sarawak udah besedia,” ku Abdul Karim.

Sarawak dijangka deka ngatur pengawa Bepilih Kunsil Nengeri (PRN), pemadu laun bulan Jun taun baru tu ila, beratika timpuh Kunsil Nengeri ke diatu abis timpuh manggai Jun 2016.

Hari Satu nyin tadi, Hakim Kot Tinggi Kuching, Datuk Yew Jen Kie minta notis ti dikeluarka bekaul enggau pengawa magi garis entara sitak DUN ti dikeluar SPR kena 5 Januari tu tadi, dikinsil sereta enda dikemendarka kelimpah ari enda ngachau pekara bekaul enggau undang-undang.

71 or 82, it does not matter

NO PROBLEM ... Tan Sri William Mawan (right) and Datuk Dr Stephen RUndi (second right), speaking to the media as Datruk Haji Bdul karim rahman Hamzah (left) and Kameri Affandi look on. 

KUCHING: The High Court's decision in declaring that the Election Commission's (EC) delineation exercise notice as null and void will not affect the State Barisan Nasional's (BN) preparation for the state election.

State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr. Stephen Rundi Utom stated this when asked by the media yesterday.

"It won't affect us. As far as we are concerned, whether it is 71 or 82 state constituencies, it doesn't matter. We are committed to serve the people, we are here to serve and fulfil what we have promised to the people," he said, commenting on the High Court's decision in declaring the Election Commission's delineation exercise as null and void.

Dr Rundi, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development (Rural), said the matter was between EC and the court.

"For us, if EC wants to appeal, it is up to them. But I think they will make the right decision on this. So I believe they know what to do. We have nothing to do with EC," he said.

Meanwhile, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister for Youth Development (Urban) said: "It doesn't matter whether it is 71 or 82, we are prepared."

On 15 May, Kuching High Court Judge Datuk Yew Hen Kie ordered the EC to republish its notice to re-delineate the state's electoral boundaries, under Schedule 13 of the Federal Constitution.

Galeri: Youth Day Celebration Briefing

May 28, 2015

(From left) Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pose for the media before the start of their Youth Day celebration briefing at Wisma Bapa Malaysia. -TheBorneoPost 
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Adenan Satem being briefed by Tan Sri Willian Mawan on the state-level Youth Day 2915 celebration to be held in BIntulu on 13 June. Also seen are Datuk Dr. Stephen RUndi (second right), Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (right) and Kameri Affandi (left). -NewSarawakTribune

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Galeri: Lawatan Ke Bazar Pesta Gawai Kubah Ria 2015

May 27, 2015

MAKANAN TRADISI: Datuk Abang Johari Tun Openg bersama Datin Amar Juma’ani Tun Bujang, Datuk Talib Zulpilip dan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah mengadakan lawatan ke Bazar Pesta Gawai Kubah Ria 2015. -UtusanBorneo
Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg (second right) examines black glutinous rice at a bazaar stall. Accompanying him from left are Datuk Talib Zulpilip, Datin Amar Jumaani Tun Bujang and Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. -TheBorneoPost

Bank patut nendurka atur, nyaup orang ti begaji mit

KUCHING: Bank di menua tu dipinta nendurka atur ngemendarka loan ngagai peranak menua ke deka nginjau duit meli rumah.

Menteri Muda Pengawa Berumah Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah madah, kitai minta bank enti ulih nendur mimit ngemendarka loan ungkup pemeli rumah ti begaji mit.

“Taja pan ari sepiak perintah, baka Rumah Mampu Milik (RMM) rega ngaga nya entara RM140,000 ngagai RM150,000 tang rega ti dijual Perintah semina urung RM50,000 ‘intermediate’ tauka RM59,000 ba ujung.

Orang ti begaji mit deka meli rumah RM50,000 nya pan enda ulih, ngambi duit ari Opis KWSP, laluh nginjau ari bank. Taja udah dikemendar ari opis kami tang lebuh minta loan ari bank, peminta sida ditulak.

Kitai ngarapka bank bisi penyinu nendurka atur nya mimit, beri lunggar mimit ngambi tau ngelantangka sida ke bepenatai pemisi mit,” ku Abdul Karim, pengudah bejadika laman web Hitmenten ba sebengkah hotel ditu, ensana.

Ngenang pasal Chukai Barang enggau Servis (GST) iya madah, rega rumah endang niki ninting taun.

“Kitai bedau ngasaika rega rumah nurun, lalu ba sekeda endur rumah nya jauh mar ari tempat bukai. Tu ketegal kuasa pemeli jauh besai ari penyampau rumah ke bisi dijual.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Karim: Safety top reason for relocation

May 26, 2015

A file photo showing the notice for evacuation in front of the damaged building.
SIBU: The Housing Ministry, through the Housing Development Corporation (HDC), is focusing on the safety and well-being of residents of the Sibu Jaya flat, which was damaged in the April 11 explosion.

Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah stated this yesterday in response to a news report of owners refusing to be sheltered at another flat.

“Right after the explosion, (Housing Minister) Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, myself as well as officials from the ministry and HDC rushed to Sibu to see the situation.

“We noted that it had caused extensive damage to certain parts of the building, and presumed that it might not be conducive to occupation. However, this would be subject to ‘test’ conducted on the building and its ‘worthiness’ for occupation,” Abdul Karim, who is also Asajaya assemblyman, told The Borneo Post here.

According to a news report, owners of 22 units out of the total 46 at the damaged flat are said to have refused to be temporarily relocated, while the remaining 24 have expressed their dissatisfaction to move to another flat because of its poor condition.

According to coordinators of the 24 units, Laura Lingga and Catherine Binit, HDC had ordered Sesco and Sibu Water Board (SWB) to disconnect the supply to their flats, rendering them with out electricity and water.

On this, Abdul Karim said: “As a concerned minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has directed for an alternative empty site/apartments be prepared for the affected residents.

Hitmenten - a new sport in town

May 26, 2015

Abdul Karim (centre) pressing a mouse button to launch the website. Abdul Rahman is on his right and State Sports Council director Lucas Kallang on his left.

KUCHING: A website has been launched to further popularise the local-born sport of hitmenten.

Hitmenten Club Petra Jaya founder Abdul Rahman Hassan said he hoped the website could increase the effectiveness of promoting the sport which was introduced in 2008.

“This is why we are launching our website, We hope that it will be more effective and attract the younger generation. Many may not know what hitmenten is but I believe that it has the potential to be an important championship in the country if there is effort to develop it,” he added during the launch at a hotel here yesterday

The sport, he explained, is an extreme sport combining badminton, basketball, volleyball and golf, best described as a new type of badminton.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that folk games like kabaddi, lawn bowling and others were also new to the people at one time but finally got recognised as national sports.

“I believe hitmenten is a game that can be played by all ages and, if promoted orderly, it can be further developed. With the launching of the website, more people will learn it and it may even be picked up outside the country.”

He added that the government, through the State Sports Council will give support to the development of hitmenten.

Assistant minister: House prices might go down this year

KUCHING: Regardless of Goods and Services Tax (GST), prices of houses still very much depend on demand, said Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He pointed out based on the trend of the past one to five years, prices of houses increase at 10 per cent per annum.

Though they had been on an uphill trend, he said there was a probability that prices might go down this year, as the demand might slow down due to the implementation of GST on April 1.

“The demand might go down this year as people may put owning a home on the backburner to level out the burden of GST. The drop in prices of houses has happened in Australia and may happen to us,” he said when met after the launching of hitmenten website yesterday.

Meanwhile, he is also supportive of the state government’s absorption of GST on services provided by local councils and government agencies.

Three other states – Johor, Penang and Terengganu – had done this, he said.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Thumbs-up on move to absorb GST from council services

May 25, 2015

KUCHING: Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah welcomes the move by the state government to absorb the goods and services tax (GST) imposed for services provided by local authorities.

He said although he was unsure on which services that it was referring to, he hoped that the federal government could see such move by several states in ‘exempting’ services provided by state councils from GST.

“As it is, the local councils are seen by the people as an extension of the government and their responsibility is to provide good services. If (absorption of) this council’s services tax could reduce the people’s burden, then I would welcome it.

“We do not want the added burden (coming) from government agencies, which include local councils,” Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Minister of Youth Development, told The Borneo Post when contacted yesterday.

For the record, Sarawak has 26 local councils, divided into northern, southern and central regions under the purview of the Local Government and Community Development Ministry.

The latest announcement by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem hints that Sarawak would soon join Johor, Terengganu and Penang in absorbing the GST for services rendered by local councils, while Selangor is still seeking exemption from the Finance Ministry.

On another note, Abdul Karim – who is also Asajaya assemblyman – believed that the government, through the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry and Customs Department, must come down hard on traders who were taking advantage of the GST by unnecessarily increasing prices of items.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Kebimbangan Chong‘ menangguk di air keruh’: Abd Karim

May 23, 2015

SIBU: Tindakan Ahli Parlimen Bandar Kuching, Chong Chieng Jen menunjukkan kebimbangan serta keprihatinannya berhubung isu pembekuan akaun bank oleh Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) ibarat ‘menangguk di air keruh’.

Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata isu itu diselesaikan oleh Ketua Menteri Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem bersama dengan SPRM pada 15 Mei lalu.

“Chong tidak perlu bimbang berhubung isu itu kerana ia telah diselesaikan. Pada 15 Mei lalu, Ketua Menteri menasihati SRPM agar tidak membekukan akaun bank terutama mereka yang tidak terlibat dengan pembalakan haram.

“Tindakan Chong itu hanya ingin ‘menangguk di air keruh’ selepas isu itu diselesaikan oleh Ketua Menteri,” katanya ketika dihubungi di sini semalam.

Abdul Karim berkata demikian ketika mengulas mengenai kenyataan Chong meminta SPRM tidak membekukan lebih 500 akaun bank milik syarikat di negeri ini selepas SPRM tidak mempunyai cukup bukti mendakwa syarikat terbabit.

Menurut Chong, tidak perlu membekukan akaun bank bagi tujuan siasatan memandangkan semua transaksi itu ada direkodkan oleh bank.

Pada sidang media 15 Mei lalu, Adenan meminta SPRM agar mempertimbang semula atau menarik balik arahan membekukan bank sesetengah syarikat dan individu.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Don’t need to tell public who you are investigating, Karim tells MACC

KUCHING: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should not be issuing media statements on those they are investigating for graft, a Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) leader said.

The leader, PBB supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this causes unnecessary anxiety as many have the tendency of prejudging those under probe, although they are yet to be charged with any crime.

“They (MACC) are causing unnecessary anxiety if they issued media statement on whom they are investigating, especially among government officers,” the Assistant Minister of Housing was quoted as saying today by the New Sarawak Tribune.

Karim said MACC should keep its investigation to itself and not issue any statement on those being investigated.

“If there is enough evidence against those involved, they should be charged in court,” he stressed.

He said he is sure that the public will support the MACC investigating any government officer or anyone involved in abuse of power and corruption.

Since the launch of “Ops Gergaji”, an integrated operation against the alleged abuse of power and corruption in Sarawak on May 12, MACC has identified an assistant minister and a state lawmaker as among those being hauled up for investigation.

Pakatan in disarray – Abd Karim

May 21, 2015

SIBU: Pakatan Rakyat is now in shambles as DAP has come up with its own shadow cabinet, says Asajaya assemblyman and Assistant Youth Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“DAP has ‘rejected’ Azizah’s ‘shadow cabinet’ and come up with their own yesterday (Tuesday).

“A big slap to Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and PKR. The Pakatan Rakyat union is now down the drain,” Abdul Karim who is PBB Supreme Council member said yesterday.

He added that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng when announcing their own DAP shadow was practically telling Azizah that she was just a ‘puppet’ opposition parliamentary head.

“This is exactly what we had anticipated all these years that the PR is just a ‘marriage’ of convenience.

“DAP doesn’t trust PKR and PAS and so do PKR and PAS towards DAP.

“DAP has all along been racist in outlook and could only place Zairil (Khir Johari) to represent the Bumiputera component in its ‘shadow cabinet’,” Abdul Karim pointed out.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

PR’s shadow cabinet revival a political gimmick, says Dr Stephen Rundi

May 20, 2015

SIBU: The opposition pact or Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) move to revive its shadow cabinet is nothing more than a gimmick to mislead people into believing that they are united, suggested State BN Secretary-General Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi.

He suggested this yesterday in response to opposition leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s statement on their intended revival of the shadow cabinet to strengthen its check and balance system.

Bernama quoted Wan Azizah as stating that the shadow cabinet would be implemented after having discussions and obtaining the joint agreement of the three political parties in the Pakatan Rakyat namely the PKR, PAS and DAP.

To this, Dr Rundi, who who is Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications), said: “They did try earlier to form shadow cabinet however, never materialised.

“I doubt it would this time, with the differences that they have to come to term with each party agenda ….that is just try to mislead rakyat to believe that they are united.”

Kakus assemblyman and Assistant Minister of Local Government Datuk John Sikie Tayai expressed doubt about the effectiveness of the shadow cabinet.

“l am not very sure how effective is the shadow cabinet …it had been formed in Putrajaya and also had been formed in Sarawak here by the opposition.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Jumlah kerusi DUN mungkin kekal 71

Ia kekal jika tiada lakaran cadangan persempadanan semula ikut peruntukan

ASAJAYA: Kemungkinan jumlah kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) pada Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) akan datang kekal dengan 71 kerusi, kata Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia (Bandar) Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Beliau memberitahu, sekiranya Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) tidak melakukan segera lakar semula cadangan persempadanan semula itu mengikut peruntukan yang ditetapkan dalam Jadual Ketiga Belas maka jumlah kerusi kemungkinan kekal seperti yang ada.

“Cadangan persempadanan semula kawasan DUN ini memerlukan masa di peringkat negeri dan persekutuan, sekiranya ia tidak dilakukan pada masa ini maka kemungkinan pada PRN ke-11 nanti kerusi (DUN) kekal 71 kerusi,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas mengenai perkara itu selepas Majlis Kesyukuran Gereja di Kampung Sampun Tebun, Asajaya di sini semalam.

Karim yang juga ahli Majlis Tertinggi PBB berkata, namun masih terdapat masa untuk SPR melakukan lakaran semula persempadanan kawasan DUN mengikut peruntukan yang ditetapkan.

“DUN bubar pada Jun tahun depan, jadi masih terdapat waktu untuk SPR melakukannya semula,” jelasnya.

Ditanya sama ada keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi Jumaat lepas menjejaskan persiapan BN khasnya PBB dalam PRN akan datang, Karim berkata ia tidak menjejaskan persiapan bagi kerusi sedia ada.

RM50,000 dana awal dilulus untuk bina gereja di Kampung Semawang

May 18, 2015

ASAJAYA: Permintaan penduduk Kristian Kampung Semawang di sini untuk memiliki gereja kecil ditunaikan apabila sebanyak RM50,000 dana awal telah diluluskan.

Berita gembira itu disampaikan oleh Menteri Muda Perumahan merangkap Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Asajaya Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pada Majlis Kesyukuran Gereja di Kampung Sampun Tebun, Asajaya di sini semalam.

“Walaupun penduduk Kristian di Semawang tidak begitu ramai dengan bilangan rumahnya kurang daripada 100 pintu, namun kita tetap akan membina sebuah gereja kecil di situ bagi kemudahan mereka menunaikan ibadah mengikut kepercayaan mereka.

“Untuk itu saya telah meluluskan dana permulaan bagi projek ini sebanyak RM50,000 dan kos selebihnya akan diusahakan menerusi sumbangan orang kampung dan wakil rakyat lain,” katanya ketika ditemui pemberita semalam.

Terdahulu, Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia (Bandar) itu ketika berucap berkata, semua agama menuntut umatnya melakukan kebaikan.

“Sebab itu kita sentiasa menyokong setiap aktiviti keagamaan kerana tiada agama di dunia ini menggalakkan penganutnya melakukan keganasan,” tegasnya.

Tambah Karim lagi, memahami dan mengetahui agama lain adalah penting bagi memastikan sensitiviti kepercayaan dapat dijaga dengan baik sekali gus mengukuhkan perpaduan rakyat berbilang kaum dan agama di negara ini.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Don’t neglect youths, says Abdul Karim

May 13, 2015

Abdul Karim (sixth left) presents a mock cheque to the captain of the winning aerobic team.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Youth Development (Urban) Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah said youths are the country’s assets as they would be helming the government of the future.

“We like our youths to be fully equipped with knowledge, self-confidence and be strong in spirit.

“Hence our government through the ministry and various agencies try to get close to youths to mould them for leadership,” he said at a press conference after launching the state-level Youth Festival and Carnival 2015 at Summer Mall here recently.

Failure to get close to young people would make us feel responsible should they follow the wrong path, he said.

Abdul Karim who is also Assistant Minister of Housing reminded that like parents, leaders were responsible for taking care of youths.

The Asajaya assemblyman was impressed by the Summer Mall in Kota Samarahan which managed to draw crowds, especially youths for them to use facilities there to develop their talent and skills.

He said youths can help preserve their culture and heritage through traditional forms of entertainment.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

‘Encourage disabled youths take up sports’

May 14, 2015

Abdul Karim in a photo call with the participants and organising committee members at the closing ceremony.

ASAJAYA: Young people with disabilities or special needs who are keen in sports should be encouraged to pursue their interest.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development (Urban) Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it was important for the society and parents with disabled children to do their bid as sports could give the disabled the confidence to live life to the full.

“Do not think less of people with special needs, especially those interested to participate in athletics. Strong support and guidance from the society, in particular the parents, is important to help people with disabilities to be confident in living life normally,” said the Asajaya assemblyman when closing the Samarahan-level (OKU Sports) i-Talent Camp here yesterday.

Samarahan Youth and Sports officer Syed Zyed Wan Asnawi was present.

The one-day event attracted about 60 people with intellectual development disorder from SMK Asajaya and community-based rehabilitation centres (PDK) of Sri Melayu, Harmoni Asajaya, and Sadong Jaya.

Abdul Karim said guidance from parents and continuous support from the community could go a long way in motivating those with disabilities to feel part of the society.

Syed Zyed said the programme was meant to spot new sporting talents who could be future state and national athletes.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Criticise constructively without beating around the bush — Abdul Karim

KUCHING: Make positive criticisms for everyone to work together to solve issues and problems affecting the people, said Asajaya assemblyman Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who is also Assistant Housing Minister and PBB supreme council member.

Criticising without being supported by facts and figures would not benefit Sarawakians, he added.

“Beating around the bush will not make one a hero,” he also told the critics, especially those from the state DAP – be it in or out of the state legislative assembly (DUN).

“DAP wants to see change and change are what they get from our new Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem,” he said.

Since taking over the helm of power, Adenan had made drastic changes in government policies and even people on the street were acknowledging it, Abdul Karim said.

He cited some of the issues Adenan had dealt with: Illegal logging activities and illegal immigrants have been curtailed; electricity tariff for domestic, industrial and commercial users reduced; old land lease tenure maintained upon sub-division of land; toll revision and revocation; and no Hudud law for Sarawak.

These policies and guidelines are being enforced or put into practice, he pointed out.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Galeri: Kejohanan Muaythai Sempena Karnival Fiesta Mesra Belia 1Malaysia 2015

May 11, 2015

TERBAIK: Abdul Karim serta tetamu lain bersama para pemenang Kejohanan Muaythai Piala Perpaduan di Kota Samarahan kelmarin.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Umno branch for S’wakians in Johor? Karim says aye

KUCHING: Johor Umno Liaison Committe chairman Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin on Saturday proposed the setting up of an Umno branch for Sarawakians in Pasir Gudang parliament constituency.

Bernama quoted the Johor Menteri Besar as saying the proposal would encourage the community to participate in politics to ensure their welfare and needs were well looked after.

“With this representation, the welfare of the Sarawak community in the state will be looked after better, and they will also have a place for their voices to be heard,” he was reported as suggesting during the Pre-Gawai 2015 launching ceremony on Saturday night.

According to him, there were between 30,000 and 40,000 Sarawakians living in the state who should be given privileges as they had resided in Johor for a long time, were supportive of the government, and had contributed to the economy.

Yesterday, The Borneo Post reporter Jonathan Chia contacted three state BN leaders, and their comments were mixed.

PRS president Tan Sri Dauk Amar Dr James Masing is strongly against the idea while PBB supreme council members Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku are receptive of it. Masing said he would not agree to such a set up. He cautioned that Sarawakians who joined Umno in Johor would eventually want Umno to set foot in Sarawak to look after their interests when they come back.

Emulate Japan in handling smokers

KUCHING: It would be good if designated zones for smoking are provided at restaurants and eateries, said Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said that in this way, the rights of smokers and non-smokers are protected.

"Furthermore, smokers could be trained to keep the environment clean and not to litter place with their cigarette butts," he pointed out, when asked to comment on a report that the Ministry of Health is planning to b an smoking at all eateries nationwide, including at 'Mamak' stalls, 'kopitiam' and food courts.

According to Karim, a good country to emulate is Japan where special zones are set up outside restaurants, hotels, parks and museums for smokers.

On the fines of between RM250 and RM500 for offenders who are caught smoking at non-smoking zone, he felt the fines were too hefty.

First offender could be fines just rm50 and for subsequent offences, the fines be increased," he said.

According to the Health Ministry's website, all public and national parks, including theme parks, will also be gazetted as non-smoking zones.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Karim: BN still relevant

KUCHING: The BN's win in the just-concluded Rompin parliamentary by-election is a reflection that BN is still relevant and accepted by the people, says Assistant Minister for Social Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Karim said the reduced majority in the by-election was not a reflection that BN was losing ground.

"The 8,000 plus majority garnered by the BN candidate is a huge majority in itself. We can't compare General Election and By-election. There are different scenarios," he said when asked to give his comments yesterday on the just concluded Rompin parliamentary by-election.

In the just concluded by-election, BN retained the seat with a majority of 8,895 votes. The BN candidate Datuk Hassan Ariffin obtained a total of 23,796 votes or 61 percent of the votes casted which his challenger Nazri Ahmad of PAS secured a total of 14,901 votes (39 percent).

Karim said despite the all out onslaught by the Opposition, BN still managed to win the seat with a handsome majority.

"So all these rumours that BN has lost credibility is just a myth," said Karim, who is also state assemblyman fort Asajaya.

In the 13th General Election held in May 2013, the late Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis retained the seat for BN after defeating PAS candidate Nuridah Mohd Salleh with a majority of 15,144 votes.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Female crime gangs in state unlikely, says Abdul Karim

KUCHING: Women in the state are not likely to start their own organised crime syndicates but the authorities must not be complacent.

In giving the view, Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah however conceded that “petty girls bully groups” definitely occurred in some schools.

To address the problem of bullying, he urged parents and Parents and Teachers Associations to be vigilant.

“Organised gansterism is unlikely among female students in the state, but petty bully groups definitely is there in some schools so parents and PTAs and school administrators should be more vigilant on what goes on in schools,” he said in his WhatsApp message yesterday.

He was commenting on a recent media report that quoted United Malaysia Crime Prevention Organisation (UMCPO) reporting that there were 1,300 female triad leaders in the country.

The organisation, working closely with the Home Ministry also revealed that at least 12 per cent of the country’s membership bases of notorious gangs are females.

Abdul Karim, who is also Assistant Housing Minister, opined that the problems in schools boiled down to how the schools managed the discipline of their students.

PRK ROMPIN- Tahniah Barisan Nasional



Friday, 1 May 2015

BN leaders: DAP hitching on CM’s success bandwagon

May 1, 2015

SIBU: Several Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders say DAP is now trying to claim credit for the abolition of the Lanang Bridge toll announced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

They said this clearly showed that the opposition party was now desperate as they were running out of issues to spin.

State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said yesterday that Adenan initiated the move to end the toll at Lanang Bridge and those at other bridges long before DAP started its signature campaign to abolish the tolls.

“When they (DAP) came to know about it; they wanted to ride on it for their political mileage, that’s sign of desperation of DAP as they are running out of issue.

“And they will ride on anything they can to reverse the waning support that they facing lately, as CM said in his winding up speech, “BN government walk the talk contrary to DAP, talk only,” said Dr Rundi, who is Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications).

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said DAP could initiate whatever petition or signature campaigns for abolition of tolls or other issues but it was the government of the day and the contractual parties involved that would have the final say.

“CM as we know is people-centric, transparent, and right from the time he took office we can see he is committed to bring change for the better.