Abdul Karim supports continuing solar hybrid project to power rural schools in Sarawak

Abdul Karim (centre) cutting a mooncake to symbolically launch the Kuching International Mooncake Festival together with Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee (fourth right), Kapitan Lim Chuan Chan (third left) and others.

By Christopher Lidom

KUCHING, Sept 1: The solar hybrid project for rural schools in Sarawak should continue, opined Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

Abdul Karim, who is Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry, and Performing Arts Sarawak, said although he is not sure if the project has been implemented or not, he hoped the project will be carried out.

“Because the original intention of the project was to supply electric to schools in the interior.

“It would not be good to see the project not being completed,” he told reporters in a press conference after officiating at the Kuching Intercultural Mooncake Festival held at Carpenter Street here, today.

He was responding to a query from reporters regarding Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former prime minister Dato Sri Najib Tun Razak, who was found guilty today on all three counts of corruption involving a RM1.25 billion solar hybrid energy project for rural schools in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Abdul Karim said the Kuala Lumpur High Court decision on Rosmah’s case show that the rule of law is in practice in Malaysia.

“It does not care whether they are the prime minister, former prime minister or former first lady — it does not mean that you are immune from the long arm of the law.

“It is also as a lesson to civil servants entrusted with public trust. You have to be careful,” he added. — DayakDaily