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Catholic Lawyers Society Annual Dinner and Dance 2022

The Catholic Lawyers’ Society, Kuala Lumpur (CLS) held a dinner & dance to commemorate their 28th anniversary November 12.

The nett proceeds of the night will be channeled towards the causes of the Society which is currently focused on child protection initiatives with the theme Child Protection — Our Common Responsibility. Read more »

CLS Pre-Christmas Gathering with Migrant and Orang Asli Community

On 17 December 2022, the Catholic Lawyers’ Society (CLS) headed to Kilang Papan, Sungai Lalang, Semenyih to spread the Christmas cheer to the Migrant and Orang Asli Community.

It was indeed an adventure for the volunteers as they had to pass through the muddy, rocky and bumpy road using a four-wheel-drive. Upon arriving, the volunteers were greeted with warm welcoming smiles from the Migrant and Orang Asli Community. Read more »

CLS Retreat 2022

Thirty members of the Kuala Lumpur Catholic Lawyers Society (CLS) gathered at the Bayou Lagoon Resort Melaka for their first annual retreat in three years.

CLS President Godfrey Fernandez thanked the Executive Committee members, especially the younger members who worked tirelessly to arrange a comprehensive retreat. Read more »

Reference For Albert Ng Seng Kiok

Reference proceedings were held before The Honourable Mr Justice Dato Amarjeet Singh at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on 8th September 2022 for the departed members of the Malaysian Bar.

This included the late Mr Albert Ng Seng Kiok, a prominent member of the Catholic Lawyers Society, Kuala Lumpur since its inception. Read more »

Bar Council: Stand Up against Corruption

Today marks the annual International Anti-Corruption Day — designated as such by the United Nations General Assembly following its adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (“UNCAC”) — so as to raise awareness of the costs and detrimental effects of corruption, as well as the role of the UNCAC in combating and preventing it. Read more »

CLS Press Statement: Distorted, Misinterpreted Out-of-Context Video And Attacks Against Archbishop on “Hud-Hud Crew” Facebook Page (English)

The Catholic Lawyers’ Society Kuala Lumpur (CLS) is issuing this statement to record its grave concern at the uploading of a video on the “Hud-Hud Crew” Facebook page entitled “Rahsia Besar : Rakaman Perancangan 25 Tahun Archbishop Katolik Kuala Lumpur Untuk “Rebus Orang Islam Seperti Merebus Katak” and the inflammatory comments related thereto on the same Facebook page. Read more »

CLS Press Statement: Distorted, Misinterpreted Out-of-Context Video And Attacks Against Archbishop on “Hud-Hud Crew” Facebook Page

Pertubuhan Peguam-peguam Katolik Kuala Lumpur (“CLS") memandang amat serius dan penuh kekecewaan insiden penyiaran suatu video pada "Hud-Hud Crew" halaman Facebook yang bertajuk "Rahsia Besar: Rakaman Perancangan 25 Tahun Archbishop Katolik Kuala Lumpur untuk "Rebus Orang Islam Seperli Merebus Katak" serta komen-komen yang mengandungi unsur-unsur serangan dan hasutan yang langsung tidak boleh diterima dalam masyarakat negara Malaysia kita ini yang berbilang bangsa, agama dan yang menghargai keamanan serta keharmonian. Read more »

CLS Press Statement: MP Nik Zawawi’s Remarks on Bible in Parliament Insulting to Christians

The Catholic Lawyers’ Society Kuala Lumpur is issuing this Statement to record its shock and dismay at the remarks made by the Member of Parliament for Pasir Puteh, Dr. Nik Muhammad Zawawi Bin Haji Salleh recently in the Dewan Rakyat.

On 26 August 2020, while debating the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020, the Member of Parliament stated that the “Kitab Injil ini dipesongkan ataupun diubah”. Read more »

SUHAKAM Press Statement: Calls for Malaysians to Stop Racism & Racial Prejudice

The Memorial service for George Floyd was held on 7 June 2020.

George Floyd, a 46-year old African-American man, died on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a result of police brutality specifically due to compression of his neck and back while he was lying face down handcuffed on the street. Read more »

Tribute to Fr. OC Lim - A Man For All Seasons

It is always hard when we lose someone dear. It becomes harder when that person is Rev. Fr. O. C. Lim, who returned to the Lord on 5th June 2020.

Most in the Catholic Church in Malaysia and senior members in the legal profession in Malaysia will know of his background. Let me nevertheless share a bit of Fr. OC, as he is fondly known. Read more »

Obituary - Fr. O.C. Lim

Born: 26.08.43 Ordained: 01.05.92 Departed: 05.06.20

It is with profound sadness that we announce the demise of Reverend Father Anthony Lim Ooi Chai, better known as Fr O.C. Lim who passed away on 5th of June 2020 at Pantai Medical Centre. He was 77. Read more »

Wither the Oath – Article By Datuk Joy Appukuttan

Wither the Oath – Article By Datuk Joy Appukuttan [i]

The Federal Constitution makes it mandatory that before Ministers or Deputy Ministers can exercise any of the functions of his office, he must first take his oath of office, allegiance and secrecy before His Majesty, the King. [ii]

Similarly, the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat cannot assume his duties until he takes the oath of office and allegiance. [iii] Read more »

Parliament Should Not Sit In Vain – Article By Datuk Joy Appukuttan

Parliament Should Not Sit In Vain [i] By Datuk Joy Appukuttan [ii]

A. Introduction

It is reported that the Dewan Rakyat will convene on 18th May 2020 but for only one day. The sitting is being held only to discuss government bills and matters. [iii] The report apparently also states that there will be no oral and written question sessions or motions in light of Covid 19 pandemic. Read more »

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 »

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