Abdul Karim: Hosting PDC 2024 timely, important for Sarawak govt’s post-Covid-19 strategy

Abdul Karim (fifth left) in a photo-call together with Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industries and Performing Arts Hii Chang Kee (fourth left), Sibu Municipal Council chairman Clarence Ting (third left) and others after the press conference.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Oct 6: Participatory Design Conference (PDC) 2024 will put Sibu on the world map, says Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdul Karim, who is Minister for Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts, said Sarawak will also become the first in South East Asia and in Malaysia to host PDC after successfully fending off top competitors from around the world.


According to him, PDC 2024 is important to Sarawak due to the Sarawak government’s Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 to achieve economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

“Participatory design is about methods which involve stakeholders—that being the people of Sarawak—into the design process of things.

“As a result of this collaboration, the people’s needs will be met and the government’s aspiration toward a prosperous, sustainable and high-income destination can be achieved,” he told a press conference held at Baitulmakmur Building 2, here today.

Abdul Karim added that it is a timely win to position Sarawak, in particular Sibu, as a reputable business events destination.

He also congratulated University of Technology Sarawak (UTS) and Business Events Sarawak for winning the right to host the prestigious conference.

PDC is a leading international conference to discuss solutions for the design of products, services, and socio-technical systems — the structures, roles and rights within systems that involve people and technology functioning together.

With participation from over 50 countries, the theme for PDC 2024 is “Reaching Out: Connecting Beyond Participation” and looks back at three decades of research and change initiatives where information and communication technologies have been a challenging arena to maintain certain values, at the same time, a vital set of tools to support initiatives for change.

PDC 2024 aims to grow new alliances with research communities, stakeholders and practitioners within Malaysia and overseas.

In an effort to reshape participation at the conference, new communication and presentation models will be explored to create connections with related academic communities, activists, practitioners and interested people and communities. — DayakDaily