Sukma Sarawak 2024: Industries urged to provide quality services for economic spillover

Abdul Karim (fourth right) presenting the Sukma Sarawak plush doll to Mohd Najwan during a courtesy call at Selangor State Youth and Culture Complex in Shah Alam on May 3, 2024. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, May 3: Industry players across the hospitality, food and beverage, and transportation sectors in Sarawak are poised to benefit economically from the State playing host to the Sukma Games 2024.

The Games, which are scheduled to take place from Aug 17 to 24 is expected to have a turnout of 12,610 athletes and officials.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has called upon industry stakeholders to ensure that top-notch services are provided to the participants and visitors across nine divisions in the State.


“This biennial sporting event will undoubtedly catalyse growth across various sectors, enhancing the overall experience at the competition venues. In addition to athletes and officials, the influx of supporters will further bolster local economies,” he highlighted in a report by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).

Abdul Karim’s remarks came following a courtesy call on Selangor State Youth, Sports, and Entrepreneurship Exco Mohd Najwan Halimi at the Selangor State Youth and Culture Complex in Shah Alam today (May 3).

He stressed Sarawak’s determination to excel in events such as taekwondo and diving, despite the reinstatement of two optional events, namely men’s team pomsae and women’s 10-metre synchronised platform.

The two events, which were originally dropped, have been reinstated following the decision of the last Sukma Supreme Committee meeting on April 30.

While expressing optimism about Sarawak’s prospects in these events, he cautioned against underestimating other states, particularly Selangor, Penang, and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

Abdul Karim, who also serves as the Minister of Tourism, Creative Industries, and Performing Arts, extended gratitude to the Selangor government for their commitment to send a total of 1,083 athletes and officials to participate in the upcoming Games.

Minister of Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Dato Gerald Rentap Jabu, Deputy Minister of Entrepreneur Development Datul Dr Ripin Lamat, Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development Dolhadi Mazuki, and Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Women, Chilhood and Community Wellbeing Development Nur Alina Abdullah @ Colliner Gohe were among those present. — DayakDaily