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News selected by Catholic Lawyers Society Kuala Lumpur (CLS) for Catholics in Malaysia concerned about social justice and peace.

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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 »

Speech By Joseph Lourdes, President of CLS Kuala Lumpur During 2019 Dinner And Dance

It is an honour and privilege to write this message on the joyous occasion of the Catholic Lawyers’ Society’s 25th Anniversary, and we thank Almighty God for guiding and blessing our Society over the last 25 years.

The work of our Society began in the early 90’s with the coming together of the late Cecilia Fernandez, our first President, and the late Sir Dato’ Dr. Peter Mooney with the guidance and support of Emeritus Cardinal Soter Fernandez, and our then Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. O.C. Lim SJ. Read more »

CLS 25th Anniversary Annual Dinner And Dance 2019

The Catholic Lawyers’ Society (“CLS”) held their annual Dinner & Dance in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary on the 5th of October, 2019 at the Renaissance Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.

This year in conjunction with its Silver Jubilee, the Society decided to raise funds for the Positive Living Community (“PLC”). The PLC is a shelter that provides care and support for homeless men stricken with HIV/AIDS. 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 »

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Icon Has Colourful History

The origin of the icon that is at the center of devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help is unknown.

Many have thought that St. Luke painted it, but its existence prior to the late Middle Ages cannot be confirmed.

Likely it is Eastern in origin due to the Byzantine style and Greek lettering. 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 »

Votive Mass of The Holy Spirit (Red Mass) 2019 Sub-Committee Report

The following report was submitted by the Red Mass Sub-Committee.

1. The 25th Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, commonly known as the Red Mass, was celebrated on Saturday, 12 January 2019 at the Cathedral of St John (“St John’s”). Read more »

Speech By Rita Wong, President of CLS Kuala Lumpur During The Red Mass 2019

Following is the full text of the speech given by Rita Wong, President of the Catholic Lawyers’ Society Kuala Lumpur during the Red Mass held recently at the Cathedral of St. John, Kuala Lumpur.

Your Lordship Bishop Richard Ng, Your Grace Archbishop Julian Leow, Your Grace Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam, Reverend Fathers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, My fellow lawyers, ladies and gentlemen. Read more »

Red Mass 2019 - Prayer & Humility fundamentals for Christian life

Approximately 70 odd Catholic Lawyers gathered at St John’s Cathedral to begin the legal year with the celebration of the Red Mass.

The main celebrant was His Lordship Richard Ng DD, Bishop of Miri. Con-celebrating at the Red Mass were His Grace Archbishop Julian Leow and Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam, Rev Fr Jestus Pereira and CLS spiritual advisor Rev Fr Michael Chua. 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 »

CFM Urges Continued Prayer For Pastor Raymond Koh And Other Missing Persons

As we approach the first anniversary of the violent abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh from the streets of Petaling Jaya on 13 February 2017, the Christian Federation of Malaysia urges churches and Christians to continue to look to God in prayer and to seek a closure to this dastardly act on a servant of God.

Let us in the coming days go before Almighty God to make intercession before Him that Pastor Raymond Koh may be found and be reunited with his family. Read more »

Red Mass Kuching 2018

The Red Mass, a mass celebrated annually in the Catholic Church to offer prayers for those in the legal profession, was held at Holy Trinity Church, Kuching, on the 20th January 2018, coinciding with the opening of the new Legal Year in Sarawak.

The Archbishop of Kuching, His Grace Most Reverend Simon Poh celebrated the mass that was attended by lawyers and judges amongst others. Read more »

Red Mass Celebration Kuala Lumpur 2018 - Remain Steadfast To Your Original Goodness

The call to remain steadfast to one’s original goodness was echoed by His Lordship Bishop Bernard Paul during his sermon at the 24th Annual CLS Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit or commonly known as the Red Mass on Saturday, 20th January 2018.

The Red Mass was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd (CGS), Setapak, Kuala Lumpur. Read more »

CFM – Christmas Day Hi-Tea 2017 Speech By Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng (Chairman Of NECF)

A very good afternoon, SALUTATIONS

1. It gives me great joy to welcome so many illustrious religious and community leaders from the various faith, gathered here today to celebrate Christmas.

2. It's always a good opportunity for occasions like this to reiterate that Malaysia is a multi-cultural, multi-racial and multi-religious nation as intended by the founding fathers of our nation in 1957, and reaffirmed in 1963. Read more »

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