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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 »

MCCBCHST: Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang’s (Hadi) View Is Dangerous, Extreme And Divisive

1. PAS president Hadi is reported to have written in Harakah daily making following assertions (STAR-25-12/2017):

a. Malaysian Government must be led by a Muslim and Malay Bumiputra
b. The head of Government and his cabinet members must profess the religion of Islam and must be from the most influential race.
c. Islam provides more rights to non-Muslims. Read more »

Father Norbert, "A Gentle, Patient And Loving Spirit" Passes Away...

Our dearly beloved priest, brother, uncle, cousin and friend Fr. Norbert Choong Kai Chong was born on 6 June 1936 in Ipoh, Malaysia.  He was the son of the late Paul Choong Choon Hean and the late Mary Tsung Soo Khuan. 

He was preceded in death by three brothers, George, John and Joseph and two sisters, Magdalene and Elizabeth Choong. Read more »

Seventh Corporal Work of Mercy: Bury the Dead

The final corporal work of mercy, “bury the dead,” is especially relevant this week as we remember the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Tragically, most if not all of the unborn children who lost their lives from abortion were never given the dignity of a proper burial.

Most were thrown into the trash, treated like garbage. Read more »

Ash Wednesday: Ancient Tradition Still Thrives In Modern Times

In more ways than one, Ash Wednesday – celebrated March 1 this year – leaves a mark.

That's because not only are Catholics marked with a sign of penitence with ashes on their foreheads, but the rich symbolism of the rite itself draws Catholics to churches in droves even though it is not a holy day of obligation and ashes do not have to be distributed during a Mass. Read more »

Sixth Corporal Work Of Mercy: Visit The Imprisoned

This corporal work of mercy includes two separate acts: “ransoming the captive” and “visiting the imprisoned.”

For the purposes of this article we will look at “visiting the imprisoned” as that is a bit more accessible for the average person.

In my last article, we looked at a recent pope, John Paul II, and his practice of “visiting the sick.” Read more »

Red Mass 2017 – “Listen To God’s Voice To Do What Is Right”

His Grace, Archbishop Julian Leow, called on Catholic Lawyers to listen to God’s voice and to do what is right and speak the truth. He encouraged lawyers not to fear man, rather to fear God.

He made this call during his sermon at the Annual Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit (Red Mass) held at the Church of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, Peel Road, Kuala Lumpur. Over 50 Catholic lawyers together with their families and parishioners were present. Also present were several diplomats from various Foreign Missions. Read more »

Cardinal Says: “I Am Just Soter”

History has been made. The Malaysian Church has its first ever Cardinal in His Eminence Anthony Soter Fernandez.

There emerges a hope for interreligious harmony and unity among all Malaysians.

Amid a climate of perceived growing Islamisation and racial polarisation, members of the church hope Cardinal Anthony Soter Fernandez would help foster better unity among Malaysians. Read more »

Till Christ Is Formed…

“The rich man replied, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my rich father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment…..” (Lk 16:29).

As I reflect on this passage of this Sunday’s gospel reading (Luke 1: 19-31), I reminiscent on the loss of our dear priests and religious recently.

This year alone we have lost Frs Henriot, Phillips Muthu and Peter Kim from our KL Archdiocese and Fr Richard Khoo from the Kuching Archdiocese. Not to forget, Sr Teresa Chong (Carmelite) and many others. Read more »

Church Honours Saint Padre Pio – Patron Of Civil Defense Volunteers And Adolescents

St. Padre Pio was an Italian priest who was known for his piety and charity as well as for the gift of the stigmata, which has never been explained.

St. Padre Pio was born Francesco Forgione, on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, Italy. His parents were peasant farmers.

He had an older brother and three younger sisters, as well as two other siblings who died in infancy. As a child, he was very religious and by the age of 5 he reportedly made the decision to dedicate his life to God. Read more »

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