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Monday, 16 October 2017

Minister vows bigger KIBW in 2019

October 16, 2017

(From left) Abdul Karim, Abang Johari and others make their way to the hall for the KIBW 2017 gala dinner. 
KUCHING: The Kuching International Bike Week (KIBW) is set to return on a bigger scale in two years’ time.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah pledged to support the event — held every two years — for many more years to come.

“Make sure you (bikers) mark your diary. In two years’ time, come back for a bigger KIBW,” he said when addressing bikers at the KIBW 2017 gala dinner held at a leading hotel here last Saturday.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

‘Slamming of Umno-PAS pact by opposition reeks of hypocrisy’

October 15, 2017

SIBU: DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen and state PKR chairman Baru Bian should not become the ‘stooges of unhealthy politics of the west’, and that they need to relook at themselves before questioning Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN).

In making this statement, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youths and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the condemnation by Chong and Baru of the purported Umno-PAS alliance only showed their hypocrisy, in that PAS was once under the Pakatan pact.

He recalled that when PAS was in Pakatan, it was regarded as a loyal partner and nothing was mentioned about it being ‘an evil party’.

KIBW a roaring success

October 15, 2017

Abdul Karim on his big bike (front, second right) gets ready to lead the convoy for the ‘City Ride’. On his left is Dr Hazland. Performing the flag-off is Chan.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Golden S Bridge to open to public by year-end — Abdul Karim

October 14, 2017


KUCHING: The Golden Anniversary Bridge – better known as the ‘Golden S Bridge’ – across the Sarawak River will open to public before the end of this year, says Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, he said construction works on the bridge nearly reached completion and the government was in the process of deciding when to hold a special ceremony to mark the official public opening – possibly next month or December.

“Members of the public will get to use or visit it soon. The government is also excited to see this new icon of Kuching and Sarawak unveiled,” he added.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

4,000 bikers expected at Bikers Week

October 12, 2017

Abdul Karim (seated second left) with Twite on his left and the organising team in a photocall after the conference.
KUCHING: Some 4,000 local and foreign bikers will participate in the second edition of the Kuching International Bikers Week (KIBW) happening at CityOne Megamall from Oct 13 to 15.

The event is supported by the state government and organised by Iron Tiger Bikers Club Kuching.

The first edition of KIBW was held in 2015.

No issue with Umno-PAS electoral pact – Abdul Karim

October 12, 2017

KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah sees no issue with Umno combining forces with PAS in Peninsular Malaysia to make BN stronger in the coming general election.

“Anything that could bring strength and unity to BN and Malaysia is very much welcome and if this electoral pact could serve that purpose, then why not?”

“What is important is that the pact must be able to unite Malaysians and not otherwise,” said the state Tourism Arts Culture Youth and Sports Minister when asked to comment on Umno giving the green light to its president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to negotiate with PAS leaders on the electoral pact.


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Solve problems so Sarawak can continue to play in league, FAS told

October 11, 2017

KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah views the problem in Football Association of Sarawak (FAS) with concern, and wants the problem solved so that Sarawak remains in the Malaysian football league.

He said it is not a healthy development to start pointing fingers between the present and past leadership of the association.

“Let there be professionalism on this. If there is a problem about money, take a look at what the problem is. If there is a problem about non-audited statement, then try to get it audited.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Ministry mulls ‘Unity Night’ to highlight racial harmony

October 8, 2017

Abdul Karim (back, sixth left) and Wee, on his left, join Fu (back, fifth right) and others in launching the Mid-Autumn Festival Cultural Night 2017 at Hokkien Park in Kuching.
KUCHING: The state Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports is mulling over the feasibility of a ‘Unity Night’ to highlight racial harmony in Sarawak.

Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said his ministry would work on identifying an appropriate date to celebrate the proposed event and bringing up the matter to the state cabinet.

“A ‘Unity Night’ is very applicable for Sarawak where various races are living in harmony and they are tolerant of one another. It’s good to have a celebration like this,” he said during the Mid-Autumn Festival Cultural Night 2017 at Hokkien Park here on Friday.

The annual event, hosted by the Youth Wing of Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division Chinese Associations, also included the non-Chinese.

Abdul Karim’s remarks were made in response to federation president Dato’ Richard Wee, who earlier suggested ‘Unity Night’ to be held as part of Sarawak Day celebrations.

Wee said ‘Unity Night’ ought to be made into an annual affair involving associations of various races, which should take turn to host the event.

“It is to further inculcate the spirit of racial harmony in Sarawak where we showcase the true meaning of 1Malaysia,” he added.

Concurring with him, Abdul Karim said: “Every year, the ‘Unity Night’ can be organised by different communities. If the Chinese community organises this year, it should be the Malay community next year, and the Dayak community after that.”

The minister believed that the proposed event, should it be realised later, would play a pivotal role in enhancing the strong bonds between various communities in the state.

Abdul Karim said he was aware of the Mid-Autumn Festival being ‘the second most important festival after the Lunar New Year, celebrated by the Chinese across the globe’.

“I’ve been invited to a Mooncake Festival in Sibu, which is an annual event too. And I was also invited to Carpenter Street (for the Intercultural Mooncake Festival) which this year, had a delegation of 30 to 40 Chinese (from China) doing performances.

“The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated by not just the Chinese, but also other communities in Sarawak. I see the Malays and the Dayaks taking part,” he noted.

Abdul Karim opined that the traditional Chinese festival could serve as an avenue to further promote racial harmony and tolerance among Sarawakians.

“If we’re overly passionate about our own race, it isn’t good for the community with diverse culture. I’m glad to come over to grace this event.

“I understand that Mid-Autumn Festival is also a time for family reunions and for friends to get together.

“This celebration should be promoted yearly.”

Later Abdul Karim pledged a grant of RM10,000 government for the festival organising committee.

China’s Consul General in Kuching Fu Jijun and organising chairman Sim Siang Boon were also present. -TheBorneoPost
  

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Seoul Stars to play at Stadium Sarawak on Oct 29

 October 7, 2017

Abdul Karim (centre), Snowdan (fourth, right), Fazruddin (fourth, left), Posa (right) and other officials at the press conference yesterday.
KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports is asking members of the public to support a charity football carnival involving South Korean celebrities scheduled to be held at the Stadium Sarawak by the end of this month on Oct 29.

According to its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the carnival is organised by the Kuching Division Football Association (KDFA) and is endorsed by his ministry.

He also revealed that 19 South Korean celebrities will come to Sarawak to play as a team during the carnival and will play two matches during the carnival.

Study on impact of tourist arrivals in Sarawak vital — Minister

October 7, 2017

Abdul Karim, flanked by Snowdan on his left and Fazzrudin, speaks to reporters at the press conference.
KUCHING: The state government wants to study the impact of having many tourists visiting Sarawak before it negotiates on getting more direct international flights to the state.

According to Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, this study needs special preparations in that the government must first make sure that Sarawak is ready to accommodate a huge amount of visitors.

Speaking during a press conference at his office here yesterday, he pointed out that there is no point of inviting more tourists to Sarawak if the state could not provide the facilities for them.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Impact of tourist arrivals need to be studied before implementing more direct international flights

October 6, 2017

Abdul Karim (second, left) seen speaking to reporters during the press conference.
KUCHING: The state government wants to study the impact of having more tourists visiting Sarawak before negotiating for more direct international flights to the state.

According to State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, inviting more tourists to the state needs special preparation and the government must first make sure that they are ready to accommodate a large number of them here.

Speaking during a press conference held at his office at the Masja complex today, he pointed out that there was no point of inviting more tourists via direct international flights if the state cannot provide the proper facilities for them.

Minister wants end to politicking in sports

October 6, 2017

KUCHING: Any athlete who wish to excel in sports will get the best support from Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports and the State government.

And it doesn’t matter which association or body he or she is from.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the government wants to see sports growing and not politicking in the sports associations.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Abdul Karim: Direct Sibu-Kota Kinabalu flight coming up

October 5, 2017

(From left) Rogayah, Pauline, Soon Koh, Tiong, Mee Sing, Abdul Karim, Hii, Cheng Kiong and Chang Kee at the opening ceremony.

SIBU: The state government is negotiating with AirAsia to have direct flights between Sibu and Kota Kinabalu.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, in revealing this, said he’s confident the direct flight would materialise.

“We are still in the process of negotiations. There are seven sectors in Sarawak being negotiated now with AirAsia and one of them is the Sibu-Kota Kinabalu sector.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Ramsay Ong has shown an excellent example of growth and progression - Karim

October 3, 2017

(From left) Marina, Ong, Abdul Karim, Donald, and Choi at the launch of ‘About Ramsay’ yesterday.
KUCHING: The life of an artist is fraught with many challenges and eking out a decent living from your passion of the arts is near impossible, except for a handful of those who managed to dedicate their entire lives to it.

Ramsay Ong is one of those artists whose name instantly evokes recognition, having spent over five decades of his life honing and demonstrating his artistic pursuits in Sarawak and abroad.

Speaking at the launch of ‘About Ramsay – Paintings on Tree Bark’ at the Pullman Hotel lobby yesterday, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said that Ong needed no introduction to the art community of Malaysia.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Chinese troupes, organisers call on Abdul Karim

September 30, 2017

Abdul Karim poses for a photo call with performers from China.
KUCHING: The 16th Kuching Inter Cultural Mooncake Festival organised by Federation of Kuching Division Community Associations and Old Market Community Association, is happening at the historical Carpenter Street from Sep 28 until Oct 4.

The organising committee members and guests from other places yesterday paid a courtesy call on Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah at Masja.

Troupes from Fushan, China will be performing on Sep 30. On Oct 1 are performances by Guangzhou Music and Art Association,Foshan Nanhai Microfilm Association, Foshan Ancient Poetry Association,

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Sarawak tiada masalah dengan Oktoberfest, kata menteri

September 28, 2017

Menteri Sarawak Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata Oktoberfest bukan festival minum bir tetapi sambutan budaya dan makanan Jerman.

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak tiada masalah sekiranya Oktoberfest diraikan di negeri itu kerana sambutan itu sebenarnya meraikan kebudayaan dan makanan, kata Menteri Pelancongan, Kesenian, Kebudayaan, Belia dan Sukan Sarawak Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Ketika bantahan terhadap Oktoberfest di Lembah Klang masih berterusan, Karim berkata Sarawak tidak mempunyai isu dengan acara itu selagi ia tidak dipromosikan sebagai festival meminum bir semata-mata kerana Oktoberfest bukan mengenai arak.

“Di Malaysia, ada tanggapan salah mengenai Oktoberfest dan dipromosikan di kedai minum sebagai festival minum bir.

Sarawak open to Oktoberfest, says Karim

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak is open to Oktoberfest being celebrated in the state as it is a culture and food festival, says Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

While opposition persists against the celebration of Oktoberfest in the Klang Valley, Karim said there was no issue with it being held in the state as long as it wasn’t promoted purely as a beer drinking festival as the event wasn’t just about that.

“In Malaysia, Oktoberfest has been misconstrued and promoted by pubs as a beer drinking festival.

No issue with holding Oktoberfest

September 28, 2017

KUCHING: Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah does not see any problem with Oktoberfest being celebrated in Sarawak.

“Oktoberfest is a cultural festival celebrated in Germany and during the festival, there will be a lot of food being served and you know, the westerners, the food must come with beer,” Abdul Karim said when asked to respond to some groups, including PAS, seeking to stop Oktoberfest being held in One Utama Shopping Mall in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

The Better Beer Festival 2017, which was initially slated to be held on Oct 6 and 7 at the Publika Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, was forced to be cancelled after the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) rejected the organisers’ application for the event.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Karim hopes Mahathir will apologise to Sarawakians

September 23, 2017

KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hopes former premier Tun Mahathir Mohamad could fight to return the State's rights - and apologise to Sarawakians.

The minister, in a press statement yesterday, pointed out that it was during Mahathir's premiership that most of Sarawak’s rights enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) were taken away.

“I hope this time he could fight to return Sarawak’s rights and apologise to the people of Sarawak,”  he said as reported by The Borneo Post.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Promoting Sibu via BASE Jump gets ministerial support


SIBU: The Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry will support any plan to bring Sibu BASE Jump to a higher level to better promote this town, Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said, noting that the sport has gained momentum here.

He gave this assurance yesterday when asked if the Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry was also promoting extreme sports like Sibu BASE Jump.

“Any form of sports comes within the purview of my ministry. I am glad to see that extreme sports like Sibu Base Jump seemed to be gaining a big interest.

Selamat Menyambut Awal Muharram 1439H


Saturday, 16 September 2017

CERTs hailed as rescue frontliners for the grassroots

September 16, 2017

ASAJAYA: Members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), as the rescue frontliners at grassroots level, should have a sense of responsibility and commitment.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this at the launch of CERT for Asajaya state constituency at the sports complex here recently.

He said as the first rescue respondent during disasters, CERT is doing a voluntary service for the residents.

Selamat Menyambut Hari Malaysia 2017


Thursday, 14 September 2017

KWJF to be staged annually — Abdul Karim

September 14, 2017

Abdul Karim (centre) receives the KWJF t-shirt from Soedirman witnessed by Mok (right), Gracie (left) and Edwin (second left).
KUCHING: The Kuching Waterfront Jazz Festival (KWJF) is set to become an annual event in the state starting this year.

This was revealed by Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who pointed out that Sarawak will now boast two jazz music festivals in a year, in Miri (Jazz Borneo) and Kuching.

“We have the Jazz Borneo festival which is held in May in Miri and now the KWJF in Kuching.


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Galeri: ‘BrandLaureate Industry Champion Brand ICON Awards 2017’

September 12, 2017

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (centre) accepts the award on behalf of Sarawak Convention Bureau (SCB) from Asian Strategy Leadership International chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Michael O.K. Yeoh (second right), witnessed by (from left) APBF chairman Tan Sri Rainer Alhoff, SCB chairman Tan Sri Dr Muhammad Leo Michael Toyad Abdullah and BrandLaureate founding president Dr KK Johan.

Monday, 11 September 2017

State govt has no plan to impose Heritage Tax, Sarawakians assured

September 11, 2017

KUCHING: The state government has no plan to impose the Heritage Tax on Sarawakians as it does not want to add to their burden.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who confirmed this yesterday, said the state government could do it but chose not to burden the people further.

“We can also do it, but then we don’t want to burden people more because when they see the bill, there would be so many taxes – GST (Goods and Services Tax), Tourism Tax, services tax, Heritage Tax. It’s not really good for the industry,” he told reporters after launching the ‘Paint The World (PTW) Concert 2017’ at the civic centre here yesterday.

‘Govt in process of getting all lodging houses registered’

September 11, 2017

KUCHING: The government is in the process of getting all lodging houses registered following the implementation of the Tourism Tax effective Sept 1.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said “a lot of them (lodging houses) now are not registered” but they are taxable under the new law.

“Any lodging houses that are registered are taxable; budget hotels included. I was made to understand that it’s across (the board).

“But a lot of them now are not registered, so that is why there is not much problem now. But then I do know that the exercise to get them registered is going on,” he said when met by journalists after launching the Paint The World (PTW) concert 2017 at the Civic Centre here yesterday.

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Sunday, 10 September 2017

Karim happy to be with special children

September 10, 2017

Abdul Karim addressing the crowd of youths at the launch of the concert at Civic Centre.
KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman was happy that he could make himself available for the the Paint The World (PTW) concert 2017 today.

He said he always wanted to be part of a programme like the PTW concert.

“I sent my assistant minister to Kuala Lumpur for the Matta Fair just because I want to be here for this concert,” he was quoted by TheBorneoPost when officiating the opening ceremony here.

Govt supports international tournaments in S’wak — Karim

September 10, 2017

KUCHING: The state government will provide support to any sports association in organising international level tournaments in the state.

According to Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the state government is keen for more international level tournaments to be held particularly in Kuching. 

“We realise that such tournament is vital in our effort to be a sports powerhouse and we are committed towards the mission,” said Karim as quoted by TheBorneoPost today.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Abdul Karim: Old DUN complex to become centre for performing arts

September 9, 2017

Abdul Karim signs on a giant mask on stage at the DBP Hall during the ceremony to launch the festival. Also seen is Abdullah Saidol (left).
KUCHING: The state government plans to develop the old state legislative assembly (DUN) complex here into a centre for performing arts.

According to Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sport Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, works on modifying the old DUN complex for the proposed centre would commence at the end of this year.

He also commented that the new centre would have comfortable and modern seats for those who attend shows staged there.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Summit delegates treated to state dinner

September 8, 2017

KUCHING: The state government treated International Summit of Peace 2017 delegates from over 100 countries to a state dinner on Wednesday.

Delegates join in a cultural dance led by performers
from Sarawak Arts Council. 
In his welcoming address, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah thanked Junior Chamber International (JCI) for choosing Kuching as the summit’s venue, making the city a centre of discussion for world peace.

“Peace is possible, that is why we are here. We believe in it and we are living it here in Kuching. In Kuching, our citizens come from different cultural and religious backgrounds yet we live harmoniously together,” he said.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Minister not adopting any school


SIBU: Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah wants all school students in his constituency to be proficient in English.

However, he does not plan to adopt any particular school in his constituency for the English proficiency programme, saying he treats all the schools as ‘equal’.

“I would want all school students in my constituency to be proficient in English and not just focussing on one ‘adopted school’.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Sarawak to hold discussions with Najib over tourism tax share


This is because the tax collection will be made by the finance ministry, and Najib is the finance minister, says Sarawak minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

PETALING JAYA: The Sarawak government plans to hold discussions with Prime Minister Najib Razak over the state’s share of the tourism tax revenue.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this was because the tax collection would be made by the finance ministry, and Najib is the finance minister.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

‘More direct flights from China, South Korea, Taiwan possible’

August 29, 2017

SIBU: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports is studying the feasibility of direct flights connecting state with other destinations in China, along with South Korea and Taiwan, to boost tourist arrivals.

This was disclosed by its minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday when asked if there were plans to have direct flights between Kuching and other major cities in China besides Shenzhen.

“Of course, we are studying closely other destinations in China, and probably (South) Korea as well as Taiwan, which are feasible for future flights,” he said.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

State to provide permanent space for artists

August 27, 2017

(From right) Melton introduces some of the artworks on display to Abdul Karim.
KUCHING: The state government will help to set up a permanent gallery for artists in Sarawak to showcase their work.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this is in line with efforts to turn Kuching into a city with a soul.

“With the upcoming Sarawak Museum Campus soon, we will look into having an arts and crafts section from Sarawak, while at the same time considering nearby buildings to be turned into an arts centre too,” he said when opening the SS Connection 2017 art exhibition, which features artists from Sarawak and Sabah, at Galleria Wesberly House on Friday.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

State govt mulls tourism as agenda in MA63 discussion

August 26, 2017

KUCHING: The state government is considering tourism as part of its agenda in the ongoing discussion with the federal government on devolution of state rights.

According to Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, when the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63) was signed, tourism was not listed under the federal constitution.

“It was in 1985 that we finally set our own tourism ministry, whereas the federal government only set theirs in 1994,” he told reporters after officiating at the Pre Asia Pacific Orchid Conference here yesterday.

Kuching to host International Summit on Peace next month


KUCHING: The International Summit on Peace, scheduled to run from Sept 6 to 8, will highlight unique pathways to empower individuals in advancing peace in their distinct communities.

Driven by Junior Chambers International (JCI) with the support from the state government, the summit will gather more than 800 JCI members and representatives of social and youth organisations around the world at the state capital as a prelude to the International Day of Peace, which falls on Sept 21.

“As Malaysia’s only ‘City of Unity’, peace is very much a part of the Kuching’s DNA.

Govt should relook drug prevention programmes – Karim

August 26, 2017

SIBU: The present drug prevention programmes and strategies ought to be relooked at, says Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He said this is to ensure that the programmes and strategies would effectively impact the targeted groups.

Abdul Karim, who is also Malaysian Drug Prevention Association (Pemadam) Sarawak chairman, was commenting on Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development

Monday, 21 August 2017

‘State govt to work with property owners in promoting Siniawan Night Market’

August 21, 2017

Abdul Karim rides a horse at the launch of the festival.

BAU: The state government will collaborate with property owners in promoting Siniawan Night Market as a cultural heritage tourist attraction.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said they could come up with plans to further promote the weekend night market.

He said the government could serve as the backbone to provide assistance to property owners at the night market with an ultimate aim of preserving the two rows of old shop houses.


Friday, 18 August 2017

No need to see Nazri over Tourism Tax issue – Abdul Karim

August 18, 2017

KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says there is no need for the state government to go and see his federal counterpart to discuss the Tourism Tax issue.

Instead, he suggested that Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz come to see Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to explain the issue.

“He should come over to Sarawak, talk to our Chief Minister. I will wait for him at the airport if he needs me to welcome him.

Youths urged to attend TEDxKenyalang

August 18, 2017

Abdul Karim (left) launches the TEDxKenyalang. Zaiwin and van Piggelen are at second left and third left respectively.
KUCHING: Sarawak youths are encouraged to attend the TEDxKenyalang programme here in November.

The programme is beneficial to the youths as they can engage among themselves in healthy activities and be inspired by those who are already successful in their respective field.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youths and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said several dynamic speakers, who are successful in their own field, had been invited to give talks at the event.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

16 Sarawak Sports Awards to be given out on Sept 2

August 17, 2017

Karim (centre) speaking to reporters while (from second left) Ong, Snowdan, Ik Pahon and MSNS assistant director Abdul Muktalib Mohamad look on during the press conference.
KUCHING: The Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) have shortlisted 79 from the 160 entries received for the 2015-2016 Sarawak Sports Awards to be held at Riverside Majestic Hotel on Sept 2.

“The Sarawak Sports Awards is held every two years by the State government to recognise individuals, sports associations and related bodies who have rendered their services, contribution and leadership towards sports advancement,” said Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday.

“The awards is also to recognise the efforts of our reporters and photographers in providing coverage for local and international sports events in the country,” he added at the press conference after chairing a selection committee panel meeting at his office at Bangunan Baitul Makmur in Petra Jaya.

52 Sarawakians for 29th SEA Games

August 17, 2017


KUCHING: Diving diva Pandelela Rinong Pamg and swimming sensation Welson Sim Wee Seng will spearhead Sarawak’s charge for national glory at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 19-30.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said yesterday that 52 Sarawakians are included in the finalised list provided by the National Sports Council.

“There were only 43 athletes in the name list that was announced earlier last week and now the number of 52 athletes is the final list,” he told reporters after chairing a selection committee panel meeting on the Sarawak Sports Awards for 2015-2016 at Bangunan Baitul Makmur, Petra Jaya yesterday. 

Explain tourism tax to Sarawak, Sabah, Nazri told


KUCHING: Minister of Tourism and Culture Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has been asked to explain the mechanism of the tourism tax to the Sarawak and Sabah state governments.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state governments of East Malaysia deserve an explanation from him.

“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 yesterday.