Abdul Karim (centre, clad in blue) with wife Datin Zuraini Abdul Jabbar (on Abdul Karim’s left), performers, committee members and crowds at the concert.

KUCHING: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah has urged those who are more fortunate to help make the lives of the less fortunate brighter.

“We must be compassionate as some of us are not born with a silver spoon in our mouth. Some of us are born with illnesses and in poverty,” he said.

Karim was officiating at the Paint the World international concert at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building here yesterday.

He praised the Paint the World 2020 committee members for organising the concert which was aimed at getting youth more aware of the underprivileged in cities worldwide such as orphans, the deaf and mute, the blind, old folks, cancer patients, people with Down Syndrome and those with autism.  

“It is my hope that others can follow suit and have that instinct to paint the lives of the less fortunate,” he said.

He described the task undertaken by the committee members who comprised youths as “noble”.  

Karim also lauded the programme founders, Aziza Aznizan and Lika Torikashvili, for bringing the initiative to his ministry’s attention.

A sharing session by Torikashvili. Photos: Mohd Alif Noni

“Six or seven years ago, when I was still an assistant minister, we received an application for them to use Dewan Suarah Miri for their programme.

“Back then, I didn’t know the people behind the programme. Now, I must thank them for their roles in the community,” he said.

The concert involved participants of various countries with talk session sandwiched in between performances and fashion shows.

It also featured performances from the residents of the Sarawak Society for the Deaf and Laila Taib Welfare Complex (Peryatim).