Friday, December 27, 2013

Murphy Pakiam Finds His Courage

Murphy Pakiam who has been elected Administrator of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, finally found his courage on Wednesday. He then decided to discard his normally non-confrontational stance to publicly criticize Prime Minister Najib Razak for his insistence that the word "Allah" was off limits to non-Muslims.

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Pakiam claimed Najib (above photo) had said this during the UMNO AGM, which he described as disappointing and shocking.

"What did he say? Even if the world talks and laughs about this 'Allah' issue that Malaysia will not allow (its use by non-Muslims), we (government) will defend the exclusivity of its use”.

Pakiam intoned: "This is not a man who is educated in our Catholic school. By talking like that, you are just a bickering politician, I am praying that Allah will enlighten him to become a statesman". [Note: Najib was educated in St John's Institution, one of the country's storied schools].

And Pakiam even used the “Allah” word!

He said that Najib's stamp of approval of the “Allah” word as being exclusive for Muslims was, in fact, inciting right wing groups against the Christian community.

Liverpool slipped from first to fourth place in the EPL table after losing 2-1 to Manchester City on Thursday. Philippe Coutinho gave the Reds a 24th-minute lead after a neat team move. However, Man City captain Vincent Kompany headed home an equalizer seven minutes later and then Alvaro Negredo put them in front in the forty-fifth minute with a tame shot that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet could only palm into the net.

And Liverpool is dethroned.

North of the border, Virgil van Dijk's impressive fifth-minute goal was enough to defeat St Johnstone and move Celtic 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

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