Saturday, 6 May 2017

Karim to be promoted to full minister

May 06, 2017

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg announced a cabinet reshuffle after concluding the PBB ‘Jasamu Dikenangi’ special convention at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here today.

Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan will be a Deputy Chief Minister effective tomorrow following a swearing-in ceremony before Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Two assistant ministers who are to be promoted to full ministers are Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports) and Datuk Talib Zulpilip (Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office – Integrity and Ombudsmen).

Abdullah Saidol (Corporate Affairs) and Snowdan Lawan (Youth and Sports) will be sworn in as assistant ministers.

Abang Johari also announced two new ministries – International Trade and E-Commerce, which is headed by Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh and Education, Science and Technological Research – led by Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong.

Ministries that will see a change of name are the Ministry of Rural Electricity and Water Supply; Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development; Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development and finally, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.

Apart from heading the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Abang Johari is also holding additional portfolios, namely Energy Development, Oil and Gas, Digital Economy and Telecommunication, and Kuching Urban Public Transport.

Abang Johari said the reshuffle was timely and necessary to implement policies which he had announced earlier.

“This is a team that will improve all the announcements earlier. It will be effective tomorrow after the swearing-in,” he added.

The swearing-in is scheduled at 2.30pm at the Astana tomorrow. -TheBorneoPost

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  1. Appointment of Karim and Snowdan lauded

    May 8, 2017

    KUCHING: Sarawak sports leaders yesterday hailed the appointment of Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah as the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports and Snowdan Lawan as the Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports and believed that they could bring Sarawak sports to greater heights.

    In congratulating Karim for being made a full minister, Sarawak Lawn Tennis Association president Dato Patrick Liew said it is a challenge for the former and he felt confident that Karim would do a good job.

    “I have known Karim when he was assistant chef de mission for previous Sukma and chef de mission for Sukma XVIII and we have sat in the Sarawak State Sports Council board meetings concerning Sukma.

    “He is an outspoken, dynamic and action-oriented person and always take constructive criticism very seriously and takes appropriate action or get the relevant parties to set things right,” he said.

    Liew said it was very fortunate that the Sarawak sports fraternity has a good and strong leader like Karim who is also a keen in sports and a big biker.

    “Karim is very passionate in sports and understand the sports associations, athletes and parents well. I am very confident that he is capable of bringing Sarawak sports to greater heights and even to professional level,” he added.

    According to Amateur Swimming Association of Sarawak president Dato Wee Hong Seng, the new portfolio would not be a problem to Karim.

    “During his time as assistant minister, he has always been hands down and hands on in major sports events in the state, the most significant of which was when the state hosted the prestigious Sukma and National Paralympics last year as well as the recent Celcom Axiata Malaysia Open badminton championship.

    “Even on last year’s FINA diving championship he had a few rounds of meeting with ASAS to ensure that things would run smoothly and my meetings with him when he was still the assistant minister signifies his focus and deep commitment in the development of youth and sports in Sarawak,” said Wee.

    Snowdan Lawan
    As for Snowdan, Wee said the Balai Ringin assemblyman had been working hard all this while and was an official in Sukma preparations and hosting of the games.

    “We wish them all the best and are looking forward to working together with them in the near future,” he added.

    Sarawak Boxing Association president Dato Rahman Lariwoo, who is now in Kazakhstan with the national boxing squad on a training stint, also believes that Karim can develop sport in Sarawak to the best level.

    “By planning and organising Sukan Sarawak (Suksa) and the Borneo Games which involves Indonesia, Brunei, Labuan, Sabah and Philippines, this will project Sarawak’s image as a sports powerhouse.

    “I believe that an experienced person like Karim can change the landscape of sports in the state. Snowdan is young and energetic and loves sports. He can assist Karim in this portfolio,” said Rahman who also congratulated the duo on their appointments to the Sarawak Cabinet.

    “With the appointments of Karim and Snowdan, Wushu Federation of Sarawak (WFS) are looking forward to a brighter future for all sports to venture in years to come as both are young, open minded, very keen and familiar with sports development in Sarawak,” said WFS president Allen Wong Siew Poh.

    “I would say they are the right ministers in the right place. With them in the ministry, all planning on international sports events will be carried out more smoothly in the move to promoting Sarawak to the world through such events,” he added.

    “It (the appointments) is good for sports as both Karim and Snowdan are involved with the sports community in the state. Both are young and energetic and Karim is a capable leader with passion,” said Squash Racquets Association of Sarawak president Robert Lau Hui Yew.