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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Program pembangunan insan tiada titik noktah

April 29, 2017

Untuk Kenangan: Bergambar selepas selesai majlis pelancaran.

ASAJAYA: Menteri Muda Belia dan Sukan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata Kerajaan Negeri akan sentiasa memberi penekanan keatas pembangunan insan kerana ianya akan secara langsung atau tidak langsung akan memberi kesan positif keatas aspek-aspek lain yang berkaitan.

Beliau menegaskan apa jua usaha untuk mengubah minda masyarakat kearah kebaikkan tidak akan tercapai sekiranya individu-individu yang terbabit tidak memberi respon yang positif keatas usaha tersebut.


"Perubahan dan perancangan untuk membangunkan insan dan juga komuniti perlu dijalankan berterusan.

"Mungkin tidak titik noktah untuk perancangan bagi pembangunan seperti ini," kata beliau ketika berucap di majlis pelancaran Program Pemerkasaan Keluarga dan Komuniti (FACE) Fasa 2 di Komplek Sukan Asajaya petang tadi.

Abdul Karim kemudiannya menambah: "Sekiranya kita hendak memperkasakan keluarga dan juga komuniti, kita memerlukan permerkasaan insan juga."

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Abdul Karim: Everybody has roles to play in eradicating drug menace

April 29, 2017

SIBU: Enforcement agencies should not be left to shoulder all the responsibilities in eradicating drug abuse.

According to Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, it is everyone’s responsibility, especially the parents, to keep the negative influence away.

Abdul Karim, who is also the state chairman of the National Association for the Prevention of Drugs (Pemadam) said: “The community, including district officers (all DOs are the district Pemadam heads), schools, parents-teachers associations, village security and development committees (JKKKs), mosque, church and temple committees, political parties, youth movements, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and people’s elected representatives have roles to play.

“The people, especially the youths, need to be taught to hate drugs and see drug abuse as an evil deed that could destroy the community and the nation if left unchecked,” he said when contacted yesterday.

The Asajaya assemblyman was commenting on a recent disclosure, where a random urine test carried out by National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) Sarawak on 99 secondary students at four schools in Lawas between January and March this year, showed that 23 of them tested positive for drugs.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Sarawak is proud of Morshidi's achievementt -Karim

April 28, 2017

KUCHING: State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani was awarded the 2016 Exemplary Sports Leadership Award by the National Sports Council (NSC) at the Malaysia Sports Award presentation ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

The award was the first to be awarded to a Sarawakian leader in the present millennia and it was based on Morshidi’s leadership and insightful role in the organising and staging of the 18th Malaysia Games (Sukma) in July last year.

Mohammad Morshidi (centre) holding the Exemplary Sports Award is flanked by Kameri Affandi, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Solidarity and Dr Ong Kong Swee, director of Sarawak State Sports Council.
“This is truly inspiring and we are so proud of his achievements,” said Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah on the recognition given to Morshidi by the NSC and the Malaysian sports fraternity in general.

“He has shown that we are capable of organising and staging the best Sukma there is…together we have shown to the rest of the country that Sarawak can become the best host for any world-class sporting events held locally,” enthused Abdul Karim, who is the Youth and Sports assistant minister.

According to him, Morshidi’s achievement is set to become the benchmark for other sports leaders to follow and it will be tall order for others who want to organise or outdo what Sarawak has achieved in the recent 18th Sukma.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Badminton Association (SBA) honorary secretary Abdul Hadi Abdul Kadir said that Morshidi was an exemplary leader who had been involved in the organising and staging of reputable badminton championships in Sarawak.

“He has the ability to bring about the best in all the local sports leaders and managers which is also the trademark of our very own government which have good leaders with the highest level of professionalism, vision and astute in delivering the best results.”

According to Hadi, Morshidi who is an avid badminton player was instrumental in bringing national and international badminton tournaments to Sarawak such as the recent Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open 2017 in Kuching, the Victor Far East Malaysia Masters 2017 in Sibu, the 2014 Maybank Kuching International Challenge and the 2015 Yonex Sunrise Malaysia Masters in Kuching.

President of Sarawak Taekwondo Association (STA), Salleh Mohd Sani commended Morshidi for being an exemplary leader and for commanding the respect of others after making the last Sukma one of the best ever held.

“He is very precise and meticulous in what he does.

“Of course the award will also motivate all sports leaders including myself to follow suit and inspire all of us to emulate his footsteps,” said Salleh.

The president of Sarawak Judo Association (SJA), Francis Chan described Morshidi’s achievement as something which the local sports fraternity should be proud of and it showed that the development of sports in Sarawak is in good hands.

“Tan Sri Morshidi has shown us that we do have good sports leaders who can drive the standard of the games even further and the local sports fraternity must rally together in supporting the development efforts made by our leaders,” he enthused.

According to him, the award will also motivate the local sports fraternity to do better in the coming 19th Sukma which will be held in Ipoh, Perak.

Robert Lu who was the team manager of Sukma Sarawak ten-pin bowling squad, described Morshidi as a very hard working leader and he wanted nothing but the best from all the local athletes.

“His leadership and management style is excellent. He is also a good listener and a very approachable person who is always helpful to us,” said Lu. -TheBorneoPost
  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Program Tranformasi Belia penting untuk tangani budaya kuning

April 26, 2017

(Gambar ihsan peserta)
ASAJAYA: Menteri Muda Belia dan Sukan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah menyifatkan Program Transformasi Belia yang diadakan di Dewan SMK Asajaya baru-baru ini sebagai satu usaha penting untuk membantu belia menangani pengaruh budaya kuning.

Beliau yakin para peserta telah mendapat banyak input-input yang berguna ketika menyertai program tersebut.

Abdul Karim, ketika sesi soal jawab dengan para peserta program, telah berkongsi banyak maklumat-maklumat terkini mengenai usaha untuk membangunkan Asajaya dalam pelbagai aspek.

(Gambar ihsan peserta.)
Antara lain, beliau menyentuh hal kemudahan internet di SMK Asajaya dan SMK Hajah Laila Taib yang kini sedang dalam proses meningkatkan capaian dan kelajuan.

Beliau juga turut menyentuh tentang program baikpulih infrastruktur yang dibuat secara berperingkat.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Abdul Karim condemns TV host’s insulting joke during show

April 25, 2017

KUCHING: Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has condemned the insulting joke on the name of Watson Nyambek’s father by Azizul Ammar Abu Hassan the host of TV3’s ‘Sukan Tak Sentral’. 

 When asked by reporters to comment on the controversy after attending a meeting at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters, Jalan Bako here yesterday, Abdul Karim said Ammar’s act was very rude and insensitive especially in a multiracial country. 

However, he hoped the issue would not drag on and that all parties involved could resolve the matter. 

 “If the matter can be resolved internally, then I hope they do so. 

What the television station did was unacceptable but it has happened and they should find a way to settle the matter.” 

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Biadab, kurang ajar, tidak sensitif – Karim Hamzah

April 23, 2017


KUCHING: “Sungguh biadab dan kurang ajar. Tidak sensitif.

“Saya hairan bagaimana dia ini boleh diambil bekerja dalam bidang media ini?

“Mempersendakan nama seseorang amatlah tidak baik dan kurang bertamadun.

Itu luahan perasaan Menteri Muda Belia dan Sukan, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah susulan tindakan sebuah rancangan tv mempersenda pelari pecut negara, Watson Nyambek malam tadi.

Dalam rancangan parodi tersebut, pengacara Azizul Ammar secara dua kali mempersenda nama mendiang bapa Watson, Nyambek umpama “kambing”.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Relook how schools, varsities mould students, says Sarawak leader

April 21, 2017


Sarawak Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah says it is worrying that a significant number of undergraduates are willing to accept bribes or bribe others to get things done.

SIBU: There is something wrong in the way schools and universities mould students if as many as 16% of undergraduates are willing to take bribes, Sarawak Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.

“There is a real need for a relook into how we mould our school and varsity students so that they will always be of high moral standing, God fearing and despising corruption as a way of life,” the Borneo Post quoted him as saying.

He was commenting on a recent study which showed that 16% of undergraduates were willing to accept bribes.

The Corruption Prevention Action Effectiveness Perception Study among students by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year showed that this group of students were willing to accept bribes if they had the opportunity and power to do so.

In 2014 and 2015, only 11.3% and 10.7% of the students, respectively, had stated their willingness to accept bribes.

'Number of undergraduates willing to accept bribes worrying’

April 21, 2017

SIBU: A recent study which showed that 16 per cent of undergraduates are willing to accept bribes, raises a red flag on the need to inculcate integrity among the people.

According to the Corruption Prevention Action Effectiveness Perception Study among students by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year, this group of students were willing to accept bribes if they have the opportunity and power to do so.

Quoting the figure from the study, MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Shamsun Bahrin Mohd Jamil reportedly said the figure was worrying because only 10.7 per cent of the students in 2015 and 11.3 per cent in 2014 had stated their willingness to receive bribes.

The study also found 18.2 per cent of the students were prepared to bribe to avoid action, an increase of 0.8 per cent from 17.4 per cent in 2015, added Shamsun .

Shamsun was quoted to have said this during a media conference after the signing of a Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR) at Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) level at the university campus in Arau recently.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Don’t take Sarawak for a ride, Petronas told

April 18, 2017


Assistant minister Abdul Karim says he's concerned over reports that the company is selling an offshore gas block.


PETALING JAYA: A Sarawak assistant minister has warned Petronas against taking the state for granted following fresh reports that the company is planning to sell a stake in an upstream gas project.

Speaking to FMT, Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he was concerned over a recent Reuters report that Petronas was pitching the sale of the SK316 offshore gas block in Sarawak.

Reuters, quoting sources, recently said Petronas was selling the block for an estimated US$1 billion. The potential bidders include Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil Corp, PTT Exploration and Production, and some Japanese firms.

In February, Petronas denied reports that it was planning to sell a 49% stake in SK316.

“I hope Petronas won’t take Sarawak for a ride,” said Karim, who is the state’s assistant minister for housing.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Choose your friend wisely, youths reminded

April 16, 2017

Abdul Karim (second left) and Fazruddin (third left) at the event held in Masjid Darul Husni Warrahmah, Taman Hussein / Rahmat. With them is the event’s organising committee chairperson Sharifah Aishah Tengku Fauzi (left).
KUCHING: Leaders play a vital role in influencing the behaviour of their group members, said Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah yesterday.

“If a leader or a role model goes to the mosque to pray frequently, I’m sure those who follow him will emulate, but this can also go the other way around – if he indulges in negative activities, he would also influence his followers,” he spoke at a drug prevention programme at Masjid Darul Husni Warrahmah in Taman Hussein / Rahmat here yesterday.

He subsequently urged youths to exercise extra caution in choosing friends because minggling with a wrong group of people could spell disaster for their future.

Meanwhile Tupong assemblyman Fazzruddin Abdul Rahman, who also spoke at the programme, said it was vital for the youths in the state to be supportive of their leaders especially in respect of youth development programmes.

According to Tupong assemblyman Fazzruddin Abdul Rahman, it would be pointless to carry out such programmes if they did not get the support from the youth.

‘Users increasingly turning to cheaper synthetic drugs’

April 16, 2017

Abdul Karim (third right) watches a demonstration by a sniffer dog from the Canine Narcotics Unit of the Customs Department. Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman is at second right.
KUCHING: Drug abusers are increasingly turning to cheaper synthetic drugs such as methamphetamines.

Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said as such government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) battling drug addiction should not just focus on expensive drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

“These types of drugs are now very, very popular due to their relatively cheap prices. For me it is alarming as with these types of drugs being very cheap, more people will be able to buy them hence increasing the number of drug abusers and pushers in the country,” he said during a drug prevention programme at Taman Hussein/Rahmat yesterday.

Abdul Karim, who is also National Association for the Prevention of Drugs (Pemadam) state chairman, stressed the war on drugs must focus on cheaper synthetic drugs as well.

He called on villagers in the area to cooperate with the local authorities particularly on youth development and drug prevention.

Historic victory for women footballers

April 16, 2017

Sarawak captain Rogayah Ali holds the Tun Sharifah Rodziah Cup which was presented by Rosey.
MIRI: Sarawak women footballers lifted the Tun Sharifah Rodziah Cup for the first time in the 30-year history of the tournament yesterday afternoon.

The historic occasion took place in front of over 4,000 spectators who thronged the Miri Stadium to catch the exciting final between Sarawak and Kedah.

Siti Rohani Saptu scored the only goal for Sarawak in the 36th minute of the closely contested match.

Sarawak had never advanced beyond the semi-final stage of this premier national women’s football tournament until now.

“This win gives a pure and lasting feeling of euphoria to all Sarawakians as apart from being the first time ever to be able to advance to the final, being the host and overall champion brings us an overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy.


Saturday, 8 April 2017

Groom a successor for the future, NGOs told

April 8, 2017

Abdul Karim (seated centre) with the new Saberkas Asajaya branch committee members at Asajaya Sports Complex on Wednesday.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: All leaders of youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) should groom a successor for the future, said Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

What leaders need to do is not to be stingy in sharing their knowledge and be ready to make way for newcomers who aspire to become leaders.

“All youths should be pro-active when it comes to planning the future of the organisation. Being pro-active is a sign the NGO is functioning well,” he added.

What is important is the NGO is functioning efficiently and serves its purpose.

Abdul Karim who is also Asajaya assemblyman revealed this yesterday when he attended the Asajaya branch Sarawak United National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) triennial general meeting (TGM) held at Asajaya Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Badminton fans can catch Malaysia Open live on giant screens

April 8, 2017 

Karim speaks to reporters during the press conference as (from left) Chew, Snowdan and Ong look on.

KUCHING: Badminton enthusiasts and fans who failed to get tickets to watch their favourite players in action in the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals of the Celcom Axiata Malaysian Open badminton championship need not despair.

The state government and organisers of the event will be screening the live telecast of the matches on the giant screens at the Stadium Square and Sarawak Aquatics Stadium starting yesterday.

“The fans can watch the matches free and feel the heat of the moment although they are unable to feel the electrifying atmosphere inside the indoor stadium,” said Assistant Minister of Youth, Sports and Solidarity Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who relayed the good news yesterday, The Borneo Post reported today.

“Although there are still 500 tickets daily for the semi-finals and finals, I believe they will be snapped up very quickly,” he told reporters in a press conference.

Together with Karim was BAM general manager Lawrence Chew, Balai Ringin assemblyman Snowdan Lawan and Sarawak Sports Corporation CEO Dr Ong Kong Swee.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Galeri: STEM Education Lab at SK Rakyat Haji Bolhassan

April 07, 2017

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg listening as pupils explain how a windmill created with Lego works. Also seen are (standing from second right) Unimas vice-chancellor Prof Dato Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Deputy State Secretary (PSDT) Datu Dr Sabariah Putit and Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development Datuk Talib Zulpili. 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Sarawak leaders slam Tasek Gelugor MP




KUCHING: Leaders from both sides of the political divide in the state have slammed Tasek Gelugor member of Parliament Datuk Shahbudin Yahaya for his outrageous statements on rape victims and child marriage.

When debating the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill 2017, Shahbudin, a former Syariah Court judge, claimed as some girls reached puberty as young as the age of nine, it is not impossible for them to get married as they were ‘physically and spiritually’ ready, adding there was ‘nothing wrong’ with a rape victim marrying the rapist, as it could serve as a ‘remedy’ to the increasing number of social problems.

Assistant Minister for Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said he was left totally aghast by Shahbudin’s statement.

“If this is how he looks at things, such as allowing a nine-year-old kid, who has probably just reached puberty, to be married, then this MP needs to be given counselling,” he said as reported by The Borneo Post today.

However, the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports said there is a need for a review on the age considered statutory rape, as children today mature earlier and many engage in consensual sex with their partners even before reaching the age of 16.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Karim gesa kepimpinan lama beri ruang dan peluang kepada muka baru

April 05, 2017

Barisan kepimpinan Saberkas cawangan Asajaya yang dipengerusikan oleh Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

ASAJAYA: Menteri Muda Belia dan Sukan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah menggesa pemimpin-pemimpin NGO belia agar memberi ruang dan peluang kepada muka-muka baru untuk menjadi pemimpin.

"Jangan lokek untuk memberi ruang dan peluang kepada muka baru untuk memimpin persatuan belia," kata beliau ketika berucap di Mesyuarat Agung Tri-Tahunan Saberkas cawangan Asajaya pagi tadi.


Beliau selanjutnya berkata, pada masa yang sama perlu ada muka-muka baru dalam NGO belia yang "berpotensi utk menjadi pemimpin pelapis kepada pemimpin yang sedia ada".

Selain itu, beliau menyarankan belia-belia di Asajaya supaya pro-aktif dalam apa jua bidang yang diceburi.

Abdul Karim juga berharap ahli jawatankuasa Saberkas cawangan Asajaya yang dilantik dan dipilih dapat menjalankan tugas dengan baik dan efisien.


Malaysian Open off to a roaring start

April 5, 2017

Tan Boon Heong and Hendra Setiawan in action yesterday.
KUCHING: The Malaysia Open Badminton Championship kicked off with a bang as fans streamed to the Sarawak Indoor Stadium to catch the qualifying matches on Day 1.

“I’m happy and we are expecting more fans to come, from the way I see it tickets have already been sold out,” said Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

He was at the stadium yesterday, accompanied by Sarawak Sports Coorporation CEO Dr Ong Kong Swee, to inspect the facilities and observe proceedings.

He also revealed that the Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud “is also excited about it” and expected to attend the finals on Sunday.

The Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg will be present during the semi-finals on Saturday.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Pujian untuk Pergerakkan Pemuda PBB Asajaya berusaha bendung budaya tidak sihat

April 02, 2017

Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah bergambar bersama-sama pemenang pertandingan bina badan untuk kategori 171 cm ke atas.

ASAJAYA: Pergerakkan Pemuda PBB N.15 Asajaya memainkan peranan penting dalam membimbing belia Asajaya agar tidak terpengaruh dengan budaya yang tidak sihat.

Menteri Muda Belia dan Sukan Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah berkata demikian ketika merasmikan penutupan Karnival Pemuda PBB N.15 Asajaya di sini petang tadi.

Beliau menambah, pendekatan yang diambil oleh Pergerakkan Pemuda PBB N.15 Asajaya amat bersesuaian dengan cabaran-cabaran yang dihadapi oleh belia Asajaya masakini.

Dalam ucapan perasmian penutupan, beliau berkata semua pihak sudah sedia maklum cabaran-cabaran yang dihadapi oleh belia amat banyak.

Beliau selanjutnya berkata, perubahan positif yang berlaku didalam dan disekeliling masyarakat Asajaya membawa bersama cabaran-cabaran yang mungkin sebelum ini tidak pernah berlaku dalam komuniti Asajaya.

Over 2,000 riders for BIIBBF 2018

April 2, 2017

Abang Johari (third left) is received by members of BIBB Sarawak upon his arrival.
KUCHING: At least 2,000 local and international participants are expected at the Borneo Island International Big Bikes Festival (BIIBBF) 2018.

Borneo Island Big Bikers (BIBB) Sarawak is hosting the festival scheduled to take place from April 6 to 8 next year.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government has been asked to play a role to make the international event a success.

“BIBB Sarawak will host BIIBBF 2018. Today’s (yesterday) meeting is about them asking us to assist in organising the festival on April 6, 7 and 8 in 2018,” he told a news conference after the meeting held at Magenta Restaurant, Kuching Waterfront here yesterday.

Also with him at the news conference was Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who is also patron of BIBB Sarawak.