We take this opportunity to wish all of our dear friends, relatives and neighbours "Selamat Ari Gawai Dayak, Gaya Guru Gerai Nyamai". Gawai Dayak is special to all Sarawakians of all walks of life because it is the day when the mood for festivities are equally shared by our local folks. May all of our Dayak friends and relatives have a wonderful celebration despite having it on a modest scale in view of the present Movement Control Order (MCO) to avoid spread of COVID19. May all of you have a lifetime of bountiful harvest and good health ahead.
Monday, 31 May 2021
Highlighting the RM1.4 billion assistances rolled out in our sixth Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS 6.0)
In highlighting the recent announcement on the RM1.4 billion Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) 6.0 financial package, we are thankful to our GPS government's initiatives and it is also a manifestation of Sarawak's government concern for the local folks.
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Recently I had mentioned that it was illogical for our government to tap into its RM31 billion reserves just for the sake of assisting businesses and people affected by the COVID19 pandemic.
Our government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Sarawak (MYSS) will continue supporting the national youth development agenda that will empower them in becoming leaders of the future and for Malaysia to attain sustainable human capital in the long run.
We are solidly behind our Prime Minister, Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who in his National Youth Day 2021 address had mentioned the government is committed in continuing its efforts to empower our youths who are Malaysia’s greatest assets.
Kudos to our Prime Minister who is a visionary leader and is also a champion on youth matters through the various initiatives being implemented specifically for our young folks through who had been provided with numerous assistance packages. We also welcomed the formulation of the proposed New Youth Development Model (NYM) which is undertaken Federal’s Youth and Sports Ministry together with the cooperation of the Malaysian Youth Council or Majlis Belia Malaysia (MBM).
Our youths will be the direct beneficiaries of the NYM which is aimed to complement the existing Malaysian Youth Policy 2015 – 2030 that will remain relevant especially with the latest policies that encompassed our country’s Shared Prosperity Vision as well as attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Sarawak government through MYSS had always held our youths close to its heart simply because they holds the key to a brighter future and past history had shown successful economies are those who are driven by visionary leaders who believed in the power of dynamic, innovative and empowered youths.
Despite the COVID19 pandemic and the restrictions faced on our part in undertaking the traditional ways and means to get close to our youths, our Ministry Youth and Sports will continue to find innovative ways in reaching out to them via the new norm concepts of doing things.
We are not being rhetoric because there still a number of activities which had been planned and executed the past two years despite facing the challenges imposed by the COVID19 pandemic. In fact, last year we did manage to organise the annual Hari Belia Sarawak or our own Youth Day celebration albeit on a modest scale. We even organise a series of e-Sports online tournaments which had created abuzz among our local youths and there are a lot of them who benefitted from our Sarawak Youth Creative Industry Fund (SYCIF).
The fund which is the first of its kind introduced by our Sarawak Government in 2018 is aimed to develop their talents and to add value to their programmes such as arts and culture especially music, film, drama, theatre and the list goes on.
Through our Sarawak United National Youth Organization or SABERKAS, we have also created a good platform that aims to guide and develop our youths to become capable leaders because if such are not be done, our state will face problems in the future. SABERKAS is also active in rural areas to give the opportunity to youths in rural areas via programmes and activities that can boost their active participation in Sarawak’s development agenda.
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Assalammualaikum dan salam sejahtera. Kami sekeluarga ingin mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada kesemua rakan yang disayang. Sama sama kita bersyukur kerana masih diberi kesempatan untuk menyambut Hari Raya tahun ini walaupun ianya diraikan secara sederhana. Bersama kita patuhi #SOP dan #PKPB untuk menghindari penularan #COVID19 dimusim perayaan ini. #kitajagakita #kitangitu #sarawak
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
She has spoken and Datukship or otherwise, for national diver Pandelela Rinong, her love for the sport trumps everything. I am glad that she had voiced out these things to our media friends recently and this had also shown us that we are on the same page.
Monday, 10 May 2021
Supporting efforts to uplift and nominate Kuching city as a destination in ASEAN Creative Cities Network
We fully support the collaboration with federal Ministry Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) in pursuing efforts to uplift and nominate Kuching City as one of the creative cities network at United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and ASEAN levels under the gastronomy category.
Such efforts were recently announced by our Malaysia's Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, YB Datuk Seri Hajah Nancy Shukri who said at regional level, ASEAN had supported UNESCO's efforts in creating a network of creative cities and to fully support the aspirations of countries which are keen joining the network of creative cities.
We also welcome Malaysia's intention to nominate Kuching City as one of the creative cities which is a pragmatic effort that will have a positive impact on our local socio-economic developments as well as increasing the visibility, give positive image to Malaysia and Sarawak at international scene.
Such noble efforts are also is in line with ASEAN’s Vision 2025 that is aimed to create a more prosperous and competitive community in this region. The Creative City Network or CCN is one of the initiatives introduced by UNESCO back in 2004, to foster innovation and creativity as a catalyst towards sustainable and inclusive city development.
Among the seven main categories of creative cities that have been outlined are namely science and literature, film, music, design, traditional crafts and arts, gastronomy and media art. Thus, the varieties of heritage menus and ethnic-based dishes that we have back home can make Kuching City one of the top destination of choice to be awarded as a creative city in the gastronomy category. The rich biodiversity which we had include the variety of herbal plants that can be used as a food source can add value to Kuching which can represent Malaysia.
We thank you YB Datuk Seri Hajah Nancy’s efforts towards Kuching attaining the creative city status so that it can join 11 other creative cities that at ASEAN level, under the ASEAN Creative Cities Network (ACCN). The initiative to nominate Kuching City as Creative City of Gastronomy will be one of the cultural tourism products attractions that we will have in boosting Malaysia's economy, its tourism and culture industry.
A good article well written by the executive editor, Rajah Murugaiah who deliberated on the current issue which had caught the attention of our local folks and especially Netizens. In his column published in the New Sarawak Tribune, it was mentioned that he (Rajah) would never imagined the media's "innocuous" query on the form of incentives for our diving champion, Pandelela Rinong after her historic performance at the recent FINA Diving World Cup held in Tokyo, Japan.
In fact, Rajah had also mentioned his conversation with Pandelela via WhatsApp which he had reproduced in toto. He did include similar WhatsApp conversation with the great "Flying Doctor", Dr Mani Jegathesan who back in the 1960s was a national sprinter and had held multiple national and regional short distance records.
Read more of Rajah's well deliberated article at:
Sunday, 9 May 2021
I take this opportunity to wish all mums, Happy Mothers' Day. Together we are celebrating this special occasion in honouring our mothers as well as motherhood which a way of honouring the sacrifices of our mums made for their children.
Thank you mother.
Friday, 7 May 2021
Recently I have mentioned to our media friends that Sarawak will accord some kind of reward to national diver Pandelela Pamg Rinong for securing Malaysia’s first-ever gold medal at this year's FINA Diving World Cup but I have also pointed out that it was not good to always reward athletes each time they won something.
This is because if we keep on thinking of giving rewards every time somebody gets a gold medal or achieves fame, it will not be good also because athletes normally love their sport and they are passionate about what they are doing. But Sarawak will have its own way of rewarding them and I had been receiving phone calls from people asking if the state would accord Pandelela with a Datukship in recognition of her sporting achievements, similar to several other renowned national athletes.
My reply to them was, she is only 28 years old and we should not spoil her. I mean this because can you imagine someone in their 20s having a Datukship? It will be very difficult for her to interact normally outside – when you got friends outside, they call you ‘Datuk’ and things like that. What I have meant is to let Pendelela enjoy her life. The monetary contribution from the state government will come, but we do not want to highlight it too much. We would want her to bring us more fame and for her to enjoy the sport that she loves.
I have also credited Pandelela’s achievements for creating a lot of interest in diving among younger Sarawakians. I can also see that we do have quite a number of young athletes coming up in diving from Sarawak, which probably in the next few years we would be able to see them creating waves, maybe in state or national circuits. It is hope with Pandelela's latest gold medal won at world level will create more interest in diving as well as other water sports.
I applaud Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) for entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sarawak Centre of Performance Excellence (SCOPE) that will advocate responsible tourism among the community and tourism players.
Thursday, 6 May 2021
Kudos to national diving queen, Pandelela Pamg Rinong for her sterling performance at FINA World Championships in Japan
Kudos to our national diving queen, Pandelela Pam Rinong who had won gold medal in the 10 meter individual platform at the FINA World Cup Diving Championships held in Japan on May 5. I congratulate Pandelela for making Malaysia proud on the world stage by winning the first gold medal for our national squad this year.
Pandelela's achievement had mean a lot to Malaysia and Sarawak because the world championship which she participated was the last avenue for athletes from all over the country to secure their place in the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics this year. Her (Pandelela's) achievement had done proud us all because it is considered a bonus for our national squad and it has been used to evaluate the performance of athletes who had without any competitions after almost a year.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
In view of the issue on UNDI 18, I have mentioned that the Election Commission (EC) needs to address voters' registration for those aged 18 as soon as possible in order to resolve the matter.
Monday, 3 May 2021
The recent call by Sarawak's Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman, YB Chong Chieng Jen for our State Legislative Assembly (DUN) to convene for the deliberation on the procurement of Covid-19 vaccine is like seeking cheap publicity and an act of showing that he cared for the well-being of Sarawakians.
As a Member of Parliament and DUN Member, YB Chong should know better that calling for a DUN sitting is different than calling an association or a club meeting, which can be done any time. As far as a DUN sitting is concerned, all the 82 ADUNs will be delivered the relevant notice at least 28 days prior to the sitting scheduled next.
I have mentioned this to our media friends who asked for my comments on YB Chong’s recent remarks that the DUN should convene to deliberate the state’s procurement of Covid-19 vaccine and keep Sarawakians informed of the immunisation process.
Surely the DAP lawmaker should be aware that the current term of DUN Sarawak would expire on June 6 and given this fact, it would be impossible for DUN secretariat to issue the necessary notice to all the ADUNs. Thus, I believe that YB Chong was calling for a DUN sitting for the sake of seeking cheap publicity to show that he cared for all of us.
YB Chong had earlier on said a DUN meeting should take place to inform Sarawakians of how the state government was going to procure the vaccine such as from which suppliers since there are so many suppliers even though the state government has said to reject AstraZeneca.
Saturday, 1 May 2021
Assalammualaikum and I take this opportunity to wish happy Labour Day 2021 to all my dear friends. Syukur alhamdullilah, together we can still celebrate this year's Labour Day even though in a modest scale and following the new norms. Labour Day is not just a day for us to take time off from work but it is actually an appreciation to the enormous contribution and sacrifices given by all employees towards the development of our society, state and country.
In fact, the celebration of Labor Day on May 1 every year is a day to commemorate our common struggle in discharging our daily duties as well as inject new spirit to all employees in upholding the noble efforts in carrying out their duties and responsibilities. At the same time, let us continue to take good care of our health and to follow the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) in order to curb the spread of COVID19 pandemic that is still plaguing the world.
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