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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 »

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 »

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