Monday, 31 August 2015

Kemerdekaan tidak membawa sebarang makna sekiranya negara berada dalam kehancuran

August 31, 2015

MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA!: Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah bersama-sama tetamu jemputan menyanyikan lagu patriotik sejurus sebelum 12 tengahmalam


Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah bersalam
dengan salah seorang tetamu program 
ASAJAYA: Kemerdekaan tidak membawa sebarang makna sekiranya negara berada dalam kehancuran, kata Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Belia Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Beliau berkata rata-rata negara yang kini berada dalam situasi kucar-kacir disebabkan kegagalan negara-negara tersebut ditadbir dengan baik.

"Rakyat memberontak ... dan sehingga sekarang masih kecoh dan (sistem pentadbiran) tidak teratur," kata Abdul Karim ketika merasmikan Program Sambutan Semarak Kemerdekaan Peringkat Daerah Asajaya di Kampung Sebandi Matang semalam.

Konvoi motosikal yang memeriahkan lagi
sambutan kemerdekaan
Beliau kemudiannya berkata perkara sebaliknya berlaku di Sarawak dimana pembangunan pesat berlaku sejak bersama-sama Tanah Melayu, Sabah dan Sarawak membentuk Malaysia pada 16 September 1963.

"Sejak kita merdeka, negeri kita ditadbir oleh rakyat tempatan ... dan kita membuat keputusan terhadap apa yang kita hendak lakukan," kata Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Belia yang juga merupakan ADUN Asajaya.

Beliau menambah dalam tempoh yang agak singkat Sarawak telah menikmati pembangunan.

Perubahan tak akan berlaku tanpa sumbangan daripada pemimpin dulu

Ogos 31, 2015



SADONG JAYA: Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Belia Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah mendedahkan beliau akan merasa nostalgia setiap kali melawati kampung-kampung yang berada dalam kawasan Sadong Jaya.

Menurutnya perasan tersebut timbul disebabkan karier politiknya bermula di Sadong Jaya.

"Kalau bukan disebabkan Sadong Jaya, saya mungkin tidak akan berdiri dihadapan anda semua sekarang.

Saya memulakan karier politik di Sadong Jaya ... dalam tahun 90'an sebagai Ketua Pemuda PBB Sadong Jaya selama 10 tahun," katanya ketika merasmikan Majlis Penangguhan Perhimpunan Belia Bersama Pemimpin N20 Sadong Jaya di Kampung Semera semalam.

Beliau kemudiannya berkata berbanding dengan masa dahulu, telah banyak perubahan yang telah dialami oleh kawasan Sadong Jaya.

"Walau bagaimanapun proses perubahan tidak akan berlaku dengan sendirinya tanpa sumbangan daripada pemimpin-pemimpin masa dulu," ujar beliau, sambil menambah melalui kerjasama diantara pemimpin-pemimpin dan sokongan daripada rakyat, kawasan Sadong Jaya telah mengalami proses perubahan yang membanggakan.

Abdul Karim turut berkata walaupun tahap pembangunan di Sadong Jaya amat berbeza dari dahulu, para pemimpin masyarakat tidak alpa dan sedang tekun merancang pelan-pelan pembangunan yang seterusnya.


Selamat Menyambut Hari Kemerdekaan


Sunday, 30 August 2015

Kerajaan Sarawak beri perhatian serius terhadap isu penyambungan elektrik dan air

Ogos 30, 2015

SEPAKAT MEMBAWA BERKAT: Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah bersama-sama Shamsudin Antek (dua dari kiri) dan Tuan Haji Mahmudin Kadir memotong riben.


Datuk Abdul Karim, diiringi Shamsudin
Antek (kiri), berjalan ke gelanggang
futsal
ASAJAYA: Kerajaan Negeri Barisan Nasional dibawah kepimpinan Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem memberi perhatian serius terhadap isu penyambungan elektrik dan air di Sarawak.

Atas sebab itu, menurut Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Belia Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, telah ada perbincangan dengan pihak yang terbabit mengenai inisiatif-inisiatif yang boleh diambil untuk melicinkan mekanisme menyalurkan perkhidmatan penyambungan elektrik dan air.

Beliau berkata proses penyambungan elektrik dan air tidak semudah yang dianggap oleh sesetengah pihak memandangkan ia membabitkan Kerajaan Persekutuan.

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah sedang
mendengar penerangan tentang gelanggang
futsal dari Tuan Haji Mahmudin Kadir
"Masalah penyambungan elektrik dan air sudah menjadi satu isu yang harus ditangani seberapa segera di Sarawak.

"Bahkan (Datuk Patinggi) Tan Sri Adenan Satem sendiri yang memaklumkan kepada saya bahawa isu ini diberi keutamaan yang paling tinggi.

"Sekiranya ia (keseluruhan proses) hanya melibatkan kerajaan negeri Sarawak, mungkin mudah untuk diatasi.

"Malangnya, ia turut membabitkan Kuala Lumpur," kata beliau ketika berucap di Majlis Perasmian Gelanggang Futsal dan Peyampaian Hadiah di Kampung Naie Baru semalam.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Bersih 4.0 rally a waste of time, youths told

August 29, 2015



KUCHING: Youths in the state are advised to stay away from the Bersih 4.0 rally at Song Kheng Hai ground today.

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who made the call, said youths should instead engage in more meaningful events and activities.

“My advice to Sarawak youths is not to participate in this (Bersih 4.0) rally … it’s a waste of time,” he said in his WhatApp message yesterday. Abdul Karim was asked his opinion on the rally held at Song Kheng Hai ground in Padungan today. A similar rally is scheduled in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu.

“There are many more meaningful events and activities to do this weekend than to go and waste your time at Song Kheng Hai ground, listening to speeches from wannabe politicians,” said the Assistant Minister of Housing.


Samarahan melangkah jauh berbanding majlis daerah lain

Ogos 29, 2015


KUCHING: Majlis Daerah Samarahan (MDS) melangkah lebih ke hadapan berbanding Majlis Daerah di kawasan lain.

Menteri Muda Perumahan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata perlantikan penganalisis politik, Datuk Peter Minos sebagai Walikota yang baharu memiliki kesinambungan dengan pembangunan kawasan Samarahan.

"Walaupun MDS menghadapi kesulitan dari segi kekurangan kakitangan, namun MDS dilihat telah berjaya mengendalikan kepesatan Samarahan selari dengan pertumbuhan prasarananya," katanya.

Menurutnya, kawasan Samarahan adalah kawasan yang paling cepat sekali melalui proses pembangunan kerana suatu masa dahulu ia dikenali sebagai kawasan pinggir bandar yang terpencil.

"Kalau kita lihat pembangunan Samarahan sekarang ini ia adalah suatu kejayaan yang kita semua tidak jangka dengan pertumbuhan perumahan dan kawasan ini juga telah dikenali sebagai hab universiti," ujarnya.

Jelas Abdul Karim, MDS sedang dalam proses peringkat akhir bagi menaik taraf pelaksanaan menjadi Majlis Perbandaran Samarahan (MPS).

"Proses itu termasuklah menambah kuota kakitangannya, supaya kesediaan MDS lebih sistematik untuk berkhidmat sebagai MPS kelak," jelasnya.
 

Friday, 28 August 2015

Jangan tanam sikap tak acuh terhadap aktiviti pembelajaran

Ogos 28, 2015


RESTASI CEMERLANG: Pelajar-pelajar kebanggaan SMK Asajaya bergambar bersama-sama Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

ASAJAYA: Ibubapa diseru agar tidak menyemai semangat tidak acuh terhadap aktiviti pembelajaran di sekolah dalam diri anak-anak mereka.

Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Belia Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, ketika merasmikan Majlis Kesyukuran Pelajar-Pelajar PPU dan SPM 2014 Melanjutkan Pelajaran Ke Universiti di SMK Asajaya hari ini, berkata sebaliknya semangat yang harus disemai ialah semangat juang yang tinggi untuk berjaya dalam pendidikan.

Beliau berkata walaupun secara amnya, rata-rata ahli masyarakat di Asajaya termasuk dalam golongan tidak berada, ini tidak membawa maksud tiada apa yang mampu dilakukan untuk mengubah masa hadapan keluarga masing-masing.

Abdul Karim berkata ada ramai anak-anak Asajaya yang telah berjaya mengubah hidup mereka melalui kejayaan dalam mendapatkan kelulusan yang tinggi dalam akademik.

Antara lain, ujar beliau, Ahli Parlimen Kota Samarahan Rubiah Wang adalah contoh anak jati Asajaya yang telah berjaya mengubah nasib keluarganya melalui pencapaian akademik yang cemerlang.

Abdul Karim, yang juga merupakan ADUN Asajaya, berkata Rubiah telah menjawat jawatan yang tinggi dalam sistem pentadbiran tempatan sebelum menjadi wakil rakyat.


Thursday, 27 August 2015

CIA candidates will be treated as independents — Abd Karim



SIBU: Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) supporters and sympathisers will have to contest as independent candidates unless they register their movement – CIA (Calon Independent Alliance) – as a political party before the coming election, Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.

He also said they would have to use symbols provided by Election Commission (EC) and probably could opt to use a common symbol.

He was reacting to the formation of Calon Independent Alliance (CIA) by S4S.

At a press conference here on Monday, former DAP member and Pujut assemblyman Fong Poh Teck announced the formation of CIA – an unregistered body comprising potential candidates for the election which must be held by June 20 next year.

“Calon Independent Alliance or CIA need not be registered as a political party but candidates that want to be associated with CIA will have to use logos that are provided by EC and probably they can opt for a ‘common’ logo.

“This alliance is not illegal as it is a loose alliance ….just like Pakatan Rakyat which is not a legally registered political party.

“Parties under Pakatan use their own party logos in previous election,” Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, told The Borneo Post yesterday.


Friday, 21 August 2015

Perbezaan politik bukan alasan untuk abai perpaduan


Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah
bersalam-salaman dengan ahli-ahli
Kumpulan Hadrah Kampung Serpan Laut
ASAJAYA: Perbezaan ideologi politik tidak seharusnya dijadikan alasan untuk mengabaikan perpaduan dikalangan masyarakat kampung.

Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Belia Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah menegaskan perpaduan adalah penting bagi memastikan proses perancangan dan perlaksanaan pembangunan kampung dapat dilakukan dengan baik.

"Jika kita sentiasa bersatu dan rapat ... dan jika ada masalah, ... kita akan dapat selesaikan masalah tersebut dengan cara yang baik," katanya ketika berucap di Majlis Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri di Kampung Serpan Laut semalam.

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah
bersalam-salaman dengan ahli-ahli
Kumpulan Hadrah Kampung Serpan Laut
Atas sebab itu, ujar beliau lagi, penduduk Kampung Serpan Laut hendaklah berhati-hati ketika menerima kunjungan orang luar yang mungkin datang atas tujuan untuk memburuk-burukkan Barisan Nasional dan kerajaan ketika musim pilihanraya nanti.

"Mungkin mereka akan masuk ke Kampung Serpan Laut dan kampung-kampung yang lain.

"Ada yang datang dengan tujuan yang baik ... bertanya apa yang diperlukan.

"Tetapi ramai yang datang dengan tujuan untuk memburuk-burukkan Barisan Nasional dan kerajaan," katanya.

‘Banks should help first-time house buyers’

August 21, 2015



SIBU: Banks should play a more positive role in assisting first-time house buyers, especially for the low and medium cost houses.

Assistant Housing Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believed this would greatly help the government’s effort to help people own houses, which would also help to stimulate the construction industry.

“It is heartening to see Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (SHEDA) seriously making efforts to address the issues of housing loans with commercial banks as well as looking into coming up with its own Affordable Housing Scheme proposals,” Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, told reporters yesterday.

He was commenting on Sheda state council’s call for the Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM) to relax purchasers’ Debt Service Ratio (DSR) on housing loans.

The suggestion was to enable more purchasers to qualify for housing loans under the Sheda Affordable Housing Scheme.

Abdul Karim lamented that commercial banks had not been helpful to the low income group in their applications for housing loans.

In most cases, their applications were rejected, he said, adding that the mergers of many banks had further aggravated the problem because most of the applications had to be referred to Kuala Lumpur for approval.

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Galeri: 5th Samarahan-Kuching Divisions Primary and Secondary Schools Swimming Championship

August 20, 2015

Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah (left), Fuji Xerox Printers business development manager (Sabah, Sarawak & Brunei) Lee Poh Fatt (second left), Chai (right, front) and event advisor Alice Kwon posing with the best boys and girls swimmers after the prize presentation.

City to experience massive ‘vroom’ delight

August 20, 2015

Jamilah and Karim with members of the the event organisers.


KUCHING: ‘Kuching International Bike Week 2015 (KIBW)’, to be held from Sept 3 to 6 at CityOne Megamall, will be good for the people, business community and tourists.

Assistant Minister of Social Development Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah said this inaugural spectacle, which may showcase some 4,000 local and foreign bikers, would add excitement to the run-up to Malaysia Day celebrations.

“KIBW can help promote Kuching as a tourist destination. I have been informed that about 1,000 bikers have thus far confirmed their participation. Besides locals, the others are from Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia,” he told a press conference at Imperial Hotel yesterday.

KIBW patron Datu Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, organising chairperson Datin Elly Zalilah from Iron Tiger Bikers Club and Borneo Truevents Sdn Bhd’s managing director Silas Michael Martin were also present. Borneo Truevents is helping to put the event together.

Abdul Karim said internationally known American professional stunt rider, Aaron Twite, would be around to wow the public.

Jamilah said the event was a healthy one, especially for youths, and admitted it would be fun to see so many bikers in the city.

“The state government is very supportive of this event and will continue to support this event in future,” she said.


Abdul Karim hopes SPDP-PRS merger for unity of Dayaks



KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hopes the merger between Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) will be for the good of the rural Bumiputera community.

He said it would be good if both parties decided to merge as their leaders had always advocated unity of the Dayaks.

“I’m glad this idea (merger) has cropped up again, but hopefully it’s for real, that is, for the unity of the rural Bumiputera and not any other agenda,” Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Youth Development Minister, said in his WhatsApp message yesterday.

He was asked on a report yesterday that SPDP had resolved to work towards merger with PRS by enhancing cooperation and understanding with its fellow Barisan Nasional (BN) component party.

The resolution was made at SPDP supreme council meeting held at a leading hotel in Miri on Sunday and a statement issued by its supreme council member, among others, stated that the party would seriously reach out to PRS to realise the joint proposal made by the two parties some years ago.

According to Abdul Karim, the idea of merger between the two parties had been “on and off” many times, like the Malay saying ‘tengelam timbul’.

“If we look back at history, SPDP and PRS are like two children of the same parents that have parted ways,” he said, explaining that they were off-shoots of BN.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Abdul Karim: State 11MP, a very thorough plan


KUCHING: Sarawak is one of the states that has its own five-year plan which is what makes it different from other states in the country, said Assistant Minister of Youth Development, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. 

“Following what has been presented by the Chief Minister for the Sarawak 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), it looks to be a very thorough plan. 

“It also shows that the state government plans on developing the state for another five years, following what has been prepared by the 11MP,” he told reporters after the presentation of the Sarawak 11MP during a special sitting at the State Legislative Assembly here yesterday. 

Perumahan lebih baik jika autonomi kepada Sarawak

August 18, 2015

KUCHING: Menteri Perumahan Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg yakin pelaksanaan sektor perumahan di negeri ini akan bertambah baik sekiranya lebih kuasa autonomi diserahkan kepada Sarawak.

Beliau memberitahu penyerahan lebih kuasa itu akan membolekan kerajaan negeri melaksanakan projek perumahan yang mampu dimiliki oleh rakyat secara menyeluruh dan berkesan.

“Kita ada Ordinan Perumahan dan Unit Perancangan Negeri yang bukannya di bawah bidang kuasa kerajaan persekutuan dan perkara ini telah menyukarkan kita untuk menyampaikan pelaksanaan projek perumahan di negeri ini.

“Oleh itu, saya yakin dengan penyerahan lebih kuasa autonomi dalam sektor perumahan Sarawak akan dapat melaksanakan projek perumahan yang mampu dimiliki khususnya di luar bandar dengan lebih berkesan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditemui selepas Persidangan Sehari Mesyuarat Kedua bagi penggal kelima Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Ke-17 di sini semalam.

Pada masa sama, Abang Johari berkata selain melancarkan pembangunan sektor perumahan, penyerahan kuasa itu juga dapat membolehkan kerajaan negeri membangunkan kawasan luar bandar dengan cara yang lebih efektif dan cepat.

“Tanpa perlu menunggu kelulusan daripada kerajaan persekutuan kita sendiri dapat melaksanakannya yang pastinya menjimatkan masa dan kos,” tambahnya.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Pedal power to boost tourism

August 15, 2015

Please join in: The TOS2016 committee welcomes cycling enthusiasts to join the championship in January.
KUCHING: The Tour of Sarawak International Cycling Championship (TOS2016) is expected to propel Sarawak into the world map, especially among world cycling community.

Themed “Sports Tourism is the Next Big Thing”, this five-day championship from Jan 13 to 17, 2016 is organised by Fadz Industries Sdn Bhd with the collaboration of Sarawak Ministry of Social Develop- ment and Ministry of Sports and Youth Malaysia.

The race will start from Miri to major cities in the state, namely Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei, Betong, Sri Aman, Serian and ending in Kuching.

This 2.2-rating championship is the first large cycling event organised in the state and it will be similar to the idea of Tour de Langkawi or Tour de France.

Around 20 international and national teams will take part in the race. Sub-state teams are subjected to invitations because the race only involves continental teams and semi-professional teams.

Registration will open in September and the teams must comply with the standard rating of 2.2.

Youth Development (Urban) Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah said this championship was given recognition by the International Cycling Union. Therefore winners of the race will be given accreditation.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Aksi lumba basikal berprestij

August 13, 2015

Sarawak bakal jadi tumpuan antarabangsa menerusi penganjuran Tour of Sarawak 2016

BAKAL MENGGEGAR: (Duduk dari kiri) Mawan, Karim dan Fadzli pada sidang media Tour of Sarawak 2016 semalam.
KUCHING: Sarawak bakal menjadi hab perlumbaan berbasikal bertaraf dunia susulan penganjuran Kejohanan Berbasikal Antarabangsa Tour of Sarawak 2016 (ToS2016) yang akan diadakan di sini dari 13 hingga 17 Januari 2016.

Perlumbaan ala Le Tour de Langkawi itu dianjur dengan ker jasama Kementerian Pembangunan Sosial Sarawak, Kementerian Pelancongan Sarawak, Kementerian Belia dan Sukan Malaysia dan Fadz Industries Sdn Bhd.

Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia (Bandar) Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata, perlumbaan bertema ‘Sport Tourism is the Next Big Thing’ itu julung kali diadakan di Sarawak di mana ia meliputi jarak sejauh 765km merentasi beberapa bandar utama negeri ini.

“Perlumbaan ini akan diadakan secara berperingkat selama lima hari bermula di bandar raya Miri dan berakhir di Kuching.

“Ia berkonsepkan Tour de Langkawi atau Tour de France dan menjadi perlumbaan berbasikal terbesar pernah dianjur di Sarawak,” katanya pada sidang media di Bangunan Baitul Makmur semalam.

Hadir sama Menteri Pembangunan Sosial Tan Sri William Mawan dan Pengarah Projek Fadz Industries Mohd Fadzli Mat Yusof.

Menurut Karim, perlumbaan tersebut akan membantu meletakkan Sarawak di peta dunia berikutan kehadiran ramai pelumba malah media asing semasa temasya tersebut berlangsung kelak.

The Next BIG THING

August 13, 2015

LET’S HAVE IT: Mawan (seated front row left) Abdul Karim (front row, centre) and project director Mohd Fadzil Mat Yusof (front row, right) pose and thumbs up during the press conference at the Meeting Room, Level 3, Baitulmakmur building yesterday.
Tour of Sarawak to be held Jan 13 to 17, 2016

KUCHING: Sarawak to host its first Tour of Sarawak International Cycling Championship (TOS 2016) held from January 13 to 17 next year.

Themed ‘Sports Tourism is the Next Big Thing’ is expected to bring about an impact which will place Sarawak on the world map, especially among the world cycling community.

The five-day championship - or better known as a continental race and sanctioned by the Union Cycling Internationale (UCI) - will feature a distance of 765 Km and start from the city of Miri, ending in the city of Kuching and will race across major towns of Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei, Betong,Sri Aman, Serian and Sematan.

Four categories will be contested namely Overall Rider, King of Mountain, Best Sprinter and Best Malaysian Rider (Chief Minister Cup).

Assistant Minister of Youth Development (Urban), Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said in a press conference at the Meeting Room, Level 3, Baitulmakmur building, here, yesterday a total of 20 teams, both local and international, will battle for the overall prize of RM200,000 which will be paid in Euro.

Local teams include TSG (Terengganu), MSN, Malaysia Team and Sarawak Semi Pro team while the other 16 teams are foreign teams.

He added that a positive impact is expected through an economic spillover effect towards the cycling industry and also towards the tourism and cultural industries in the state. 


Nab illegal online gambling crooks too, not just detect operation, enforcers told

August 13, 2015



SIBU: Vital steps need to be taken to nab the culprits behind an online gambling syndicate, of which existence has been detected by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah made this call yesterday following the disclosure made by the commission’s Monitoring and Enforcement Division chief Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin, who said investigations had found that such illegal service was offered through short messaging service (SMS), run by a local using special equipment.

Zulkarnain was further quoted to have said that although certain ‘off-the-air’ equipment had been used without the aid of existing telecommunication network, the MCMC managed to identify the party that was providing the platform.

On this, Abdul Karim remarked: “I’m glad to hear that MCMC has identified a new mode of gambling services via online and SMS (platforms). (However) I hope it would not stop there.

“We want to see the culprits be charged in court and then penalised.

“We also want those in the civil service and agencies who are in cahoots with them (syndicate) to be reprimanded too.”

In his view, Abdul Karim said there had been an overkill of news highlighting successful raids and confiscation of gambling items by MCMC and other enforcement agencies.

Tour of Sarawak, riding into world cycling map

August 13, 2015 

Mawan (seated left), Karim (centre), Fadz Industries Sdn Bhd project director Mohd Fadzli Mat Yusof and committee members giving the thumbs up for the Tour of Sarawak.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government through the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Tourism will collaborate with Fadz Industries Sdn Bhd and Ministry of Youth and Sports to organise the International Cycling Championship The Tour of Sarawak from Jan 13-17 next year.

Sarawak Cycling Association president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the five-day championship, under the theme “Sports Tourism is the Next Big Thing” and covering cities and major towns, will put Sarawak on the world cycling map.

“The championship, which has a rating of 2.2 and is recognised by the UCI, will be upgraded to a rating of 2 if we organise it well and successfully next year and subsequent races,” he told reporters yesterday.

“It will become a much awaited annual event such as the Sarawak Regatta and Le Tour de Langkawi and will be organised either annually or biannually.”

Karim, also assistant minister of Youth Development and assistant minister of housing, said a positive impact is expected through the economic spillover effect towards the cycling industry directly and also towards tourism and cultural industries in Sarawak.

“We do not want to be left out as the cycling sports tourism have been launched in West Malaysia (Le Tour de Langkawi) and Sabah has their Tour of Borneo and the sports tourism product has been implemented by neighbouring countries such as Brunei (Tour of Brunei), Indonesia, the Philippines and other countries around the world,” he said.

Limited only to 20 teams, the Tour of Sarawak, which offers total prize money of Euro $400,000 will be raced over five stages.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Program pembangunan sepak takraw Sarawak perlu dirancakkan, kata Karim

August 12, 2015


KUCHING: Menteri Muda Pembangunan Belia (Bandar), Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah mahu Persatuan Sepak Takraw Sarawak (PSS) merancakkan program pembangunan sepak takraw bagi menghidupkan semula sukan itu di negeri ini.

Beliau berkata, sukan sinonim dengan kaum Bumiputera itu kian tenggelam di kalangan remaja hari ini dan PSS selaku badan induk sepak takraw negeri perlu tampil dengan pelbagai inisiatif seperti memperbanyakkan pertandingan di peringkat tempatan.

“Sebagai permulaan, PSS boleh menganjurkan liga sepak takraw peringkat bahagian, daerah ataupun sekolah-sekolah.

“Ini perlu dilaksanakan secara berterusan agar kita dapat melihat pencapaian para atlet selain dapat melahirkan bakat-bakat baharu,” katanya ketika menerima kunjungan hormat Exco PSS yang diketuai Presidennya, Datuk Abang Khalid Tan Sri Abang Marzuki di pejabatnya di sini semalam.

Hadir sama jurulatih skuad wanita SUKMA XVIII Sarawak, Sura Martwangsang.

Selaku Penasihat PSS, Abdul Karim turut memberi penekanan terhadap pentingnya pemain-pemain sepak takraw menjalani latihan pendedahan baik di dalam mahupun luar negara bagi meningkatkan kualiti permainan mereka.

“Ini membolehkan atlet-atlet Sarawak mampu memberi saingan pada pertandingan bertaraf kompetitif seperti Sukan Malaysia (SUKMA).

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

BN has brought much devt to Sarawak — Abdul Karim

August 11, 2015


SIBU: Barisan Nasional (BN) policies, whether national or state, have brought tremendous development to Sarawak, Assistant Minister of Youth Development Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.

He pointed out this was contrary to the claim by state PKR chief Baru Bian that many of the problems in the state stemmed from the policies of BN government and behaviour of BN politicians.

“The results are there to see. We are much harmonious, politically stable and generally everyone is happy except those that have evil intention of wanting the state disintegrate.


“We just work out and nurture what we already have instead of ‘trying out’ crazy formula of some opposition leaders who only know how to criticise,” Abdul Karim, who is Asajaya assemblyman, told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Baru had also mentioned that his party’s 18-point roadmap was the way forward.

PKR Sarawak launched its 18-point roadmap here on Saturday, which Baru said was meant to address specific areas that needed attention even after decades of BN rule.

To this, Abdul Karim, who is PBB Supreme Council member, said: “How many road maps does Baru Bian want to offer Sarawak? They keep on coming with new ‘offers’ every time there’s an election round the corner.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Sepakat membawa kesejahteraan

August 10, 2015

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah memotong riben sambil dibantu isteri beliau Datin Zuraini Abdul Jabar ketika menghadiri Majlis Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri di Kampung Sebandi Ulu.


ASAJAYA: Masyarakat kampung mesti memberi penekanan yang tinggi keatas kesepakatan dikalangan semua ahli masyarakat sekiranya mahukan semua pelan pembangunan dapat dilaksanakan dengan jayanya.

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah memeriksa
minuman yang disediakan oleh salah sebuah 'rumah'
yang menyertai Pertandingan Memasak dan
Keceriaan sempena Majlis Ramah Ramah Aidilfitri.
Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Belia Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah dalam ucapan perasmian Majlis Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri di Kampung Sebandi Ulu pada Ahad malam menegaskan proses pembangunan adalah satu proses yang memerlukan perancangan yang berterusan.

Bahkan, tambah beliau lagi, kesepakatan dalam membawa pembangunan bukan sahaja tertumpu kepada dikalangan ahli-ahli masyarakat tetapi juga diantara ahli-ahli masyarakat dan pentadbir dalam kerajaan.

Abdul Karim yang juga merupakan wakil rakyat DUN Asajaya berkata walaupun secara amnya kesepakatan tidak menjadi satu isu yang besar di Kampung Sebandi Ulu memandangkan perpaduan dikalangan ahli-ahli masyarakat kampung agak tinggi tetapi masih ada lagi ruang untuk mengukuhkan perpaduan.

Datin Zuraini Abdul Jabar bertanya tentang
makanan yang disajikan semasa mengunjungi
salah sebuah 'rumah' yang menyertai
Pertandingan Memasak dan Kecerian.
Beliau menambah bukti kepada perpaduan yang tinggi dikalangan ahliahli masyarakat ialah Kampung Sebandi Ulu telah dipilih sebagai Kampung Cemerlang peringkat nasional pada tahun lepas.

"Pada masa yang sama saya amat berharap semangat seperti ini dapat dilihat dalam kampung-kampung yang lain," ujarnya lagi.

Menteri Muda Perumahan dan Belia turut menyentuh mengenai pentingnya semangat kemerdekaan disemai dengan baik dalam sanubari semua rakyat Sarawak.