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Community Service - The Alternative Form of Sentencing Article By Datuk Joy Appukuttan

Community Service - The Alternative Form of Sentencing [1] By Datuk Joy Appukuttan [2]

1. Introduction

Until recently, many offenders of the Prevention And Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 [3] (“Regulation”), were subjected to the maximum fine of RM1,000-00 and in some cases custodial sentences. Read more »

CLS Press Statement: SUHAKAM Inquiry Panel's Findings

The conclusion of the SUHAKAM Inquiry Panel on the disappearance of Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh; that they are victims of enforced disappearances carried out by the Special Branch, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, is very disturbing.

The Catholic Lawyers’ Society, Kuala Lumpur (CLS) supports the call by the Malaysian Bar for the establishment of a Special Task Force to reclassify, reopen and reinvestigate the disappearance of Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh. Read more »

Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For The Celebration Of The 52nd World Day Of Peace

Good politics is at the service of peace

1. “Peace be to this house!”

In sending his disciples forth on mission, Jesus told them: “Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ And if a son of peace is there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you” (Lk 10:5-6). Read more »

Chief Justice to Judges “Be Brave”!

Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum calls on his fellow judges to “Be Brave". The full text of his lecture delivered at the 17th Tan Sri Ahmad Ibrahim Memorial Lecture on 19 October 2018 at the International Islamic University on "The Role of Dissenting Judgments in The Malaysian Judicial System" is reproduced here:

The Role of Dissenting Judgments in The Malaysian Judicial System by The Right Honourable Chief Justice of The Federal Court of Malaysia Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum Read more »

Bar Council: Redelineation Proposals Are Fundamentally Flawed, Inherently Unfair, And Unconstitutional

The Malaysian Bar is deeply disturbed by the overall manner in which the redelineation exercise was conducted by the Election Commission (“EC”), leading up to and including the indecent haste in which the EC’s redelineation proposals were tabled and passed by the Dewan Rakyat on 28 March 2018.

The redelineation exercise was dogged by procedural issues from the very beginning, starting from the redelineation exercise for the state of Sarawak, the proposals for which were presented for public review in January 2015. Read more »

Pope Canonizes Mother Teresa, Recalls Her Commitment To The Poor, Unborn

Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-97), the foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, on September 4 during an outdoor Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

An estimated 120,000 pilgrims attended the Mass, according to Vatican Radio.

The Christian life does not consist in “merely extending a hand in times of need,” Pope Francis preached. Read more »

Seek Justice In Fair, Moderate Manner, KL Archbishop Tells Lawyers

Archbishop Julian Leow urged Catholic lawyers to pursue justice in a "fair and meek manner in the midst of extreme issues facing the country", at the annual Red Mass celebration this morning.

He, however, said he used the term “meek” to mean "moderate", as opposed to being timid or soft. Read more »

MCCBCHST: Cabinet Must Tackle Root Cause Of Problem – Conversion Of Minors By Single Parent

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) refers to the statement by the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam that the Cabinet is looking into solving the problem of unilateral child conversion and introducing amendments to related laws.

MCCBCHST hopes that the root cause of the problem, i.e. the unilateral conversion of minors by a single parent would be RESOLVED. Read more »

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