Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Why so difficult for Nazri to come here to explain about tax, Karim asked

August 16, 2017

KUCHING: The Sarawak and Sabah Governments deserve an explanation from Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz on the mechanism on how the tourism tax is to be shared, said Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“Is it so difficult for Nazri to go to Sabah and Sarawak and explain the mechanism of how this tourism tax is to be shared? He is most welcome to visit Sarawak to do it,” he told The Borneo Post today.

Abdul Karim said, by right, Nazri should explain to the two state governments or at least to their chief ministers as to why they are being treated ‘on par’ with the other states when it comes to division of the proceed of the tourism tax.


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Ministry to consider request for hockey pitch in Dalat -Karim

August 13, 2017

Karim (centre) with Claudia on his right and guests pose with the winners and organisers after the prize presentation.

KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports will look into the request from SMK Dalat for a hockey pitch to be built in Dalat.

Its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the request by the school showed that there are many hockey enthusiasts in that district.

He also learnt from former state players in Dalat that the sport is fast gathering strength in the district.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Kuching-Hong Kong flight may be revived, says Abdul Karim


SIBU: Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports will need to look into the reasons for the termination of Kuching-Hong Kong direct flight before deciding whether to revive the route.

Flights between Kuching and Hong Kong operated by Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) were cancelled in February this year.

“We will need to see why HK direct flight was terminated. If it were low load problem, then it might not be worthwhile to pursue its revival. If the demand for this sector is big, we will definitely try to revive it…,” the Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Govt plan for rugby at Sarawak Sports Complex


SIBU: The state government has a plan to construct a permanent rugby field beside the Sarawak Sports Complex in Kuching, said Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday.

He disclosed this following Sarawak Rugby Union’s (SRU) appeal to the government for state land to build a rugby field so that the sport has a permanent home.

SRU president Richard Song made the request during the closing ceremony of the 3rd Brother Albinus Rugby Challenge Cup here last weekend.

Karim wants international sporting events to benefit local athletes

August 12, 2017

Liew presents details of the upcoming tournaments to Karim (fourth right) while SLTA committee, events organising committee and Sports Unit head of the ministry Zul Usup (second right) look on.

KUCHING: Sarawak is not only interested to be a hot spot for sports tourism in the region but also wants the local athletes to benefit from any sporting event organised here.

This was stressed by the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at a press conference at his office at Bangunan Baitul Makmur yesterday.

"By organising international sports events,  we are not only promoting sports tourism but also working towards in making Sarawak a sports powerhouse,” said the minister as quoted by The Borneo Post.

Friday, 11 August 2017

‘National parks need to be under Ministry of Tourism’


Acea president Datuk Stanley Ling (second right) presenting Abdul Karim (centre) with a token of appreciation during the conclusion of the Malaysia-Thailand business networking and sharing forum. Also seen are the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to Malaysia Damrong Kraikruan (second left), Wee (left) and forum moderator and political secretary to the Chief Minister, Michael Tiang Ming Tee (right).

KUCHING: There is a need for the state’s national parks to be placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.

Speaking at the Malaysia-Thailand business networking and sharing forum at Hilton Kuching yesterday, its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that he planned to promote Sarawak as far as possible in order to bring in more tourists by bringing up the standards of all tourist facilities.

“Hotels must be there, and parks must be up to standard. Unfortunately, that part (national parks) is not very satisfactory yet, and I will look very seriously into it.

Sarawak wants not less than 30%



PETALING JAYA: Sarawak minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says it is unfair for the state to get only 10% of the tourism tax collected there, and that it wants at least 30%.

Speaking at an event in Kuching yesterday, the tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports minister said Sarawak had been “kind enough” to let the federal government take the lion’s share of the the tax collected.

“But don’t give us back only 10%. RM1 out of RM10 is not fair.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

More tourist arrivals this year compare with last year

August 10, 2017

KUCHING: The current total number of tourist arrivals from Peninsular Malaysia and beyond to the state are already surpassing last year's figure.

According to the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, 561,532 Peninsular Malaysians have visited Sarawak this year compared with 456,471 visitors in the whole of last year.

AirAsia Head of Commercial Spencer Lee (second right) presents a souvenir in the form of the Kuching-Langkawi flight route to Karim while Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) chairman Datuk Abdul Wahab Aziz (second left) and AirAsia staff look on.

He also disclosed that the state recorded a total of 1,146,601 visitors so far this year compared to 873,471 for the whole of last year.

‘Golden Bridge not a threat to ‘perahu tambang’ operators’


KUCHING: The ‘perahu tambang’ or river taxi business will not be affected by the soon to be completed Golden Bridge linking the State Legislature Assembly building to Kuching Waterfront.

As such, river taxi operators should not be worried about the Golden Bridge as it serves  a different purpose, assured Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“People living in the villages at Petra Jaya will definitely still want to use the river taxi or ‘perahu tambang’ as it is a faster way to get to Kuching City and vice versa. The operator can still continue giving such services to the public,” he said when contacted by The Borneo Post yesterday.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Sarawak to resolve shortage of tourist guides



KUCHING: The Sarawak tourism, arts, culture, youth and sports ministry will try to resolve the shortage of trained and registered tourist guides in the state.

The assurance came from its minister, Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who said Sarawak needed more trained tourist guides to handle the state’s growing tourism industry.

“I have yet to go into the details of the problem but I was made to understand that we are facing a shortage of tourist guides,” he told reporters at a press conference here today.

43 Sarawakians in SEA Games 2017

August 09, 2017

Karim reveals the list of state athletes who will represent Malaysia in the upcoming SEA Games.

KUCHING: Forty-three athletes from Sarawak will represent Malaysia in the upcoming 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 19-30.

According to Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, they will be competing in athletics, cycling, football, volleyball, wushu, diving, tennis, rugby, squash, swimming and gymnastics.

Ariana Nurminda Ariffin, the nation’s top BMX cyclist, will be among those aiming for a gold medal in Kuala Lumpur.

During a press conference at Bangunan Baitulmakmur yesterday he also highlighted several state athletes such as Olympians swimmer Welson Sim Wee Seng who competed in the 2016 Rio Games and diver Tracy Vivien Tukiet who competed in the 2012 London Games.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Over 340 swimmers, 39 new records at Kotas Meet

August 8, 2017

Karim (fourth left) presents the challenge trophy to St Joseph’s Private School team manager Father Alvin Ng (fourth right) and captain Anthony Kho while (from right) Kwon, Kong, Wee, Chai and Ong look on.
KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was very impressed with the increasing number of participants in the 7th Samarahan-Kuching Divisions Primary & Secondary Inter-School Swimming Championships at the Sarawak Aquatic Centre in Petra Jaya over the weekend.

More than 340 swimmers from 48 primary and secondary schools from Kuching and Samarahan competed in the annual meet organised by Kota Samarahan Amateur Swimming Association (Kotas) and 39 new meet records were created.

(From left) Darlene Aliya, Janessa Liew Jia Yi, Genevieve Liew Zhi Ni and Faustina Kow from SK Green Road upset traditional champions from the Chung Hua Primary Schools in the primary schools girls 4x50m relay with a time of 2:33.05.
“We are in the process of making Sarawak a sports powerhouse and swimming is one of the sports that we are really hoping to deliver and I am happy to see so many committed parents from Kuching, Samarahan, Sibu and Miri who are always with their children in the early morning or late at night to ensure that their children attend training,” Karim said.

Karim wants more arts incorporated into Kuching city

August 7, 2017

Abdul Karim (second left) presents the first prize to Wong. Also seen are Chung (second right) and Chan (right).
KUCHING: Sarawak Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports wants to see more arts incorporated into the development of Kuching to make the city livelier.

“We want Kuching to develop, not to be a concrete jungle of squarish buildings, but to have art elements in the design and architecture,” said its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, as reported by The Borneo Post, during a prize presentation ceremony for the second 'Kuching For Me' contest.

Abdul Karim (back row, third left), Chung (back row, fourth left), Chan (back row, third right), Abang Abdul Wahap (back row, left), guests, local artists and contest winners pose for a group photo.
He added: “It is good to see developers have this kind of feeling and passion for art incorporated into their development projects. 


‘Sarawak needs to develop tourism industry to sustain its economy’

August 8, 2017

Abdul Karim (third right), flanked by (from left) Rentap, Rosemarie and Zuraini, looks at the souvenirs on sale at the Marian Boutique Lodging House. 
KUCHING: Sarawak has to keep moving forward in developing the tourism industry to sustain its economy because the state cannot cut its forests forever to extract timber and set up oil palm plantations to bring in revenue, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said.

“As tourism has been a major contributor to the economy of many countries, the state has to develop it to make it a mainstay of our state’s economy,” he said at the grand opening of the Marian Boutique Lodging House here yesterday, adding the state has to find other ways to ensure its economy is sustainable.

Abdul Karim (third right) rings the bell to officially launch the Marian Boutique Lodging House. Bolly is at fourth right, Zuraini (fifth right) and Rosemarie (sixth right).
His text of his speech was read by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youths and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Monday, 7 August 2017

World Scout Conference 2020 can boost country’s tourism industry

August 7, 2017

KUCHING: The Scouts Association of Malaysia wants to bid for the rights to host the 2020 World Scout Conference in Kuala Lumpur, not only for the benefit of the movement but also because it will help boost the country’s tourism industry.

Chief Scout of Malaysia Tan Sri Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh, in citing the relocation of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to Menara Sentral Vista in Kuala Lumpur, said they had been busy organising various activities.

Shafie (left) presents a medal and certificate to veteran Sarawak Scout member Muhammad Su’ut Amin. The 89-year-old was among over 1,500 Scouts taking part in the Mount Serapi Climbathon at Kubah National Park near Kuching yesterday.
“When we succeeded in making Malaysia the WOSM headquarters, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (Minister of Tourism and Culture) commended us,” he said, adding that if the Scouts from the Arab countries came to Malaysia, they would come in large numbers and would spend big.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Bone-cancer patient’s wish fulfilled with plane ride

August 6, 2017

KUCHING: It was all smiles for 11-year-old bone cancer stage 4 patient Nur Hafifa Mohd Suhaimi after her wish to visit Sarawak and board a plane came true recently.

Nur Hafifa, who was diagnosed with the condition since Jan 2016 had dreams of boarding a plane from Kuala Lumpur to visit Sarawak.

Zuraini (second left) together with Hafifa on board the Sarawak River Cruise.
She was accompanied by her family during the visit and while here she visited the Astana, State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building, Cat Museum and Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Sarawak international tenpin bowling set to attract 500 bowlers

August 5, 2017

Karim (third right), Snowdan (third left) with (from right) Zul, Ong, Lu and Ting at the press conference.
KUCHING: More than 500 bowlers from 13 countries are expected to compete in the Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship at Megalanes Sarawak E-Mart Batu Kawa from Sept 6 to 9.

They include Malaysia, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, India, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Thailand and Singapura.

At least 120 local bowlers are also expected to take part in the championship which was revived after a lapse of 19 years.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Kuching to host Sarawak International Bowling Championship 2017

August 4, 2017

KUCHING: The Amateur Bowling Association of Sarawak (ABBAS) jointly with the Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) will host the Sarawak International Open Tenpin Bowling Championship 2017 from Sept 6-9 here.

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said more than 500 athletes from 13 countries, including 120 from Sarawak will be participating in the championship to be held at the Megalanes Bowling Centre.

Sarawak bowler Musayyar Khalid in action. File Photo
He said the players are from Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Abdul Karim: More efforts to be made to improve financial management of Museum Department

August 2, 2017

KUCHING: More efforts will be made to improve the financial management of the Sarawak Museum Department.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youths and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said although the Auditor General’s (AG) report was for 2016, he would seriously look into the matter even though he was not the minister in-charge then.

“Definitely, I’m not happy with the performance of Sarawak Museum Department (due to what was) rightly pointed out by the AG.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Karim wants State muaythai boxers to give their best

August 1, 2017

Abdul Karim (fifth, left) in his office with the boxers, PMNS officials and coaching staff during the flag hand over ceremony yesterday.
KUCHING: Three Sarawakian male muaythai boxers will represent the country at the IFMA World Junior Championships starting this Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand.

They with Sarawak Muaythai Association (PMNS) officials and coaches met Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at his office yesterday for a flag handing over ceremony.

A proud Abdul Karim reminded the trio to do their best as they are not only representing Sarawak but Malaysia as well.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Why only one ringgit?

July 31, 2017

KUCHING: The federal Tourism and Culture Ministry must explain to Sarawak and Sabah why their share of the tourism tax collected from foreigners visiting Malaysia has been reduced to RM1 for every RM10 collected when originally the total collection was to be divided equally among Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he was taken aback by this sudden reduction.

“This (equal distribution among the three regions)was proposed by the federal Tourism and Culture Minister (Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz) himself and later by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Abdul Karim: Tourism tax exemption for Malaysians is good news

July 27, 2017

KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has welcomed the federal government’s move to exempt Malaysians from the tourism tax.

“Any news where Malaysians do not have to pay additional taxes is always good news to all.

“I am glad that the Malaysian public is exempted from this tourism tax and hopefully the Finance Minister (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) will confirm this good news,” he said.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Minister lauds Abas for organising upcoming tournaments

July 26, 2017

Karim (seated, centre) with Robert (right) and the ministry’s head of sports section Zul Usup (left) and Abas officials during the courtesy visit.
KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports will support any sports association that is able to bring in international competitions to the state.

“The international sporting events will bring in many foreign athletes who will be accompanied by officials and members of their families and this is good for tourism in Sarawak,” said its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah when receiving a courtesy call by Amateur Tenpin Bowling Association of Sarawak (Abas) at his office at Bangunan Baitul Makmur in Petra Jaya yesterday.

The Abas delegation led by deputy president Shaifulbahri Shukri and vice president Robert Lu included assistant secretary Angelo Koay, committee members Jackie Ting and Tan Chin Chai as well as Sarawak head coach Jackson Ting.


Monday, 24 July 2017

Sports powerhouse, tourism, air connectivity — Karim explains

July 24, 2017

Karim (sixth left), Sivapragasam (fourth left), MMAA patron Datuk Seri Dr V Pulainthiran (fifth right) and acting Sarawak Sports Corporation CEO Gordon Hon (third right) with the award recipients and honorees. 
KUCHING: With RM30 billion in the state reserves, Sarawak will be able to host more sports events at Asian, international or world level.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the reserves can be used to build and develop sports facilities to host these high-level championships.

“It is our vision to become a sports powerhouse in the country and that is why we are building many sports facilities that are of world standard,” he said during the welcoming dinner for participants of the Malaysian International Open Masters Athletics Championship at a local hotel on Saturday.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Galeri: Launching of the 31st Malaysian International Open Masters Athletics Championship

July 23, 2017

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg presents the trophy to former national and state sprinter Watson Nyambek on the behalf of the Sarawak team which was adjudged the best team for the march past during the opening ceremony. Also seen is Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Bid to host two major international sports events in 2019

July 23, 2017

KUCHING: Sarawak will bid to host two international events in 2019.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in announcing this said the first is the Asian Masters Athletics Championship.

He said Sarawak was keen as the event has the potential to attract over 5000 athletes and officials from all over the Asian region.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

‘Itut’ vandals despicable, without right frame of mind — Abdul Karim


SIBU: The wilful damage to the wooden structure meant for the ‘Itut’ (swing) at Sibu Town Square has irked Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He urged the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) – the organiser of Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) – to take stern action against the culprits, whom he labelled as ‘without the right frame of mind’.

“Despicable. Whoever vandalised this structure must be sick in their mind. They must have evil intention in wanting to see an accident happen when the structure is put up for the public to use.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry set to manage national parks in Sarawak


KOTA SAMARAHAN: The Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry is set to take over the task of managing national parks in the state soon, according to its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

It is learnt that currently, the management of all national parks falls under Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).

In this regard, Abdul Karim said his ministry has all the facilities that could be utilised to further promote the national parks in Sarawak as tourist attractions.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Galeri: A walkabout at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV)

July 16, 2017

(From left) Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah Abdul Karim and his ministry's permanent secretary Ik Pahon make a stop at the RWMF stage to see a performance by one of the participating bands.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Minister says coach’s temporary rest unfortunate


KUCHING: Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it was unfortunate that David Usop has decided to take a rest as Sarawak head coach.

“It is just unfortunate that he stepped down after two or three (recent consecutive defeats) matches.

“Probably, he might have set his own key-performance indicator (KPI) and if he can’t reach that KPI, he might step down,” Abdul Karim told reporters after his visit to Sarawak Museum Campus at its site office here yesterday.

Sarawak Museum Campus second biggest in the region

July 14, 2017

Abdul Karim (third left) being briefed on the Sarawak Museum Campus project by Lim. Lee is at second left and Ipoi, left.
KUCHING: The Sarawak Museum Campus when completed will be among the new landmarks in the city.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the new Sarawak Museum Campus covering 7,000 sq metres will be the second biggest in this region after the National Gallery Singapore (10,000 sq metres).

Abdul Karim said yesterday the construction of the RM300 million new Sarawak Museum Campus that commenced last year, was according to schedule at 37 per cent completion.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

RWMF gets 1Gbps connectivity boost

July 13, 2017

Abdul Karim (second right) walks through puddles of rainwater from the previous night to get to the festival stage on the left. 

Abdul Karim (third right) shows a copy of the book ‘Rainforest World Music Festival – 20 Years of Song and Rhythm in Sarawak’ after it was presented to him by the authors Gracie (fourth right) and Lah (second right). Also seen are Mary Wan (right) and Ik Pahon (third left).
KUCHING: The 20th Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) gets a connectivity boost from Sacofa Sdn Bhd, which recently increased capacity up to 1Gbps at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) and the immediate areas.

This means people in the area can now enjoy free plug-and-play wifi access, a bonus for festival goers, journalists, and social media practitioners.

“In the past, those who came to RWMF complained of bad connectivity. With too many people, the speed was slow and there was no way to share real-time scenarios with their friends and relatives back home,” said Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Galeri: A briefing on RWMF 2017 and Rainforest Fringe Festival 2017

July 12, 2017

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife Datin Amar Dato Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang in a ‘wefie’ session after a briefing on RWMF 2017 and Rainforest Fringe Festival 2017 at Sarawak Tourism Complex.


Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg points to a picture being exhibited at the Sarawak Tourism Complex after attending a briefing on RWMF 2017 and Rainforest Fringe Festival 2017 at Sarawak Tourism Complex. He is accompanied by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (second right), Joe Sidek (right) and Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin (left).


Monday, 10 July 2017

Plan to set up cultural centre for Biannah Bidayuhs gets minister’s nod


July 10, 2017

Abdul Karim (standing back, eighth left), with Dr Jerip on his right and Rangen (standing, left), joins representatives of the 14 Biannah villages in Upper Padawan in a photo-call.

KUCHING: The setting up of a cultural centre for the Biannah Bidayuhs gets the backing from Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

The minister himself had proposed for such a centre to be built for the Biannah clan as a proper platform for them to hold events and showcase their rich culture and traditions.

“Looking at the very rich culture of the Biannah clan, I see the need to develop a cultural centre here (Biannah area).

“So I want the Biannah leaders to sit down and have a meeting on finding a suitable site,” he said in closing the two-day Biannah Cultural Festival 2017 at Kampung Annah Rais in Upper Padawan near here on Saturday night.

Held for the first time, the festival showcased the culture and traditions of the people from 14 Biannah villages.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sabah, Sarawak to jointly seek deferring Tourism Tax

Sunday, 9 July 2017

KUCHING: Both Sarawak and Sabah will jointly make a request to defer the implementation date of the Tourism Tax directly to the federal Minister of Finance, said Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Hamzah.

Abdul Karim said both states had agreed on the resolutions and a memorandum of understanding would be forwarded to the federal minister for consideration.

“We wanted the date to be deferred to March 31 next year and I am very sure the implementation will be deferred,” Karim told reporters after he officiated the launch of the Rainforest Fringe here.

Karim further said the issue had more or less come to a good ending despite the spat between him and Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz early last month.

On another matter, Karim said the state government would spend about RM2mil to organise this year's World Rainforests Music Festival (WRFMF), adding the organiser had also received sponsorships from the private sector.

Sarawak confident Tourism Tax to be deferred next year


KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports is confident the implementation of Tourism Tax will be deferred to next year.

Its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Sabah and Sarawak have come up with a Memorandum of Understanding for the federal government to consider.

“We are confident that the tax will be deferred to March 31 next year and it (the Memorandum of Understanding) will receive consideration from the federal government particularly the Finance Ministry.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

‘Ministry fully supports Borneo Fashion Week’

July 8, 2017

Abdul Karim (third right) trying the ‘sape’ when visiting the exhibition booth. Also seen are Lee (right) and Ik Pahon (second right).
KUCHING: The state government through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth and Sports fully supports the organising of Borneo Fashion Week to help put Borneo fashion on the world stage.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, said the event besides promoting local fashion internationally, will also help to develop the fashion industry in the state.

“The ministry (Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports fully support the event (Borneo Fashion Week) because it seeks to put Borneo fashion on the world stage through the digital platform and that is especially with young entrepreneurs of the state.

“If such event is held annually, the ministry will always give support,” he said at the launching of Borneo Fashion Week (BFW) 2017 at Borneo 744, here yesterday.

BFW 2017 which started yesterday and ends tomorrow is to create the entire manufacturing chain in the fashion industry within the state from designing right up to runway and retail.

This year’s edition of RWMF different from previous years

July 8, 2017

KUCHING: The 20th Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is this year different from previous years with the presence of an inaugural Rainforest Fringe Festival (RFF) from July 7 to 16.

During the launching ceremony held at the Old Courthouse here yesterday, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said RFF is a 10-day spectacle of the best that Sarawak has to offer in terms of art, craft, music, fashion, food, film and photography.

“In previous years, RWMF was always confined in Damai, about 20km away from here.