Fatimah apologises for minor hiccups at OKU Karnival

Fatimah having a group photo with the KOKUS’ participants at Unimas today (Nov 25, 2019).

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By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Nov 25: Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah said the ongoing Karnival Orang Kurang Upaya Sarawak (KOKUS) has been going on smoothly with just some minor hiccups.

“On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to apologise for any inconveniences due to unforeseen circumstances. But the various sub-committee are trying their best to address issues which are cropping up on day to day basis,” Fatimah told DayakDaily here today.

Fatimah reiterated that the various sub-committees such as the sub-committees for transport, accommodation and food had addressed issues whatever issues cropping up.

“For transportation, itinerary has been provided for from the start and bus services are as follows: for Nov 23 – 24, 2019, there are two buses and two vans and for Nov 25-27, 2019, there will be four buses and four vans.

“This morning there was a slight problem as one bus and van arrived late. They have been warned and this will not happen again,” she said.

Fatimah showing an artwork piece of by a participant at KOKAS.

As for food and accommodation, Fatimah explained that it was sufficient and the participants can always request for more.

“The sub-committee for food has been warned to cater to the demands and that it should provide enough food. The caterer has been asked to prepare more for extra visitors,” she said.

On accommodation, she explained that the ground floor of the Rafflesia College, Unimas has been set aside for those with special needs.

“All teams have been asked to inform the secretariat of their needs. So far, all the sub-committees have played their roles well. Any shortcoming will be resolved immediately,” she assured.

Fatimah said this is the first time Sarawak organized KOKUS which not only involved sports but also skills and cultural competitions for the OKUs. The event is held at Unimas.

She emphasized that KOKUS aims to promote activities that can enhance the skills of the OKUs which includes sports, abilympics (skills competitions), culture (which include dance and singing competitions) and also to scout for new talents.

Fatimah reiterated that Sarawak wants to continue its dominance in Para-Sukma Games, Para-SEA Games and Paralympics.

The 6-day event, which started on Nov 22, attracted more than 700 participants including athletes, officials and some parents of the athletes. — DayakDaily