Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Catholic Newsweekly Herald Loses Again

I ought to give credit to the Malaysian Christians because they tried and tried. Again and again. In the end, a five-man panel headed by Abdull Hamid Embong delivered an unanimous decision on Wednesday – that there had been no procedural unfairness in the Federal Court's decision last year not to grant the Catholic Church leave to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal.
 
On October 14, 2013, the Court of Appeal had ruled that Herald could not use the word "Allah" as it could threaten national security, public order and cause confusion among the religions.
 
And with a cavalier attitude, a Chinese Muslim lawyer, Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla came out to remark: "This decision should end the row over the word Allah, as, legally, the previous decision by the Federal Court should have been the end". What he means is that Christians should just accept the ruling and shut up!
 
The Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Most Reverend Julian Leow told Christians that the “Allah” ban was only limited to Herald and the word can be used in Malay Bibles and during praise and worship sessions. The ban applies only to the Herald? Is he for real?
 
MR Julian Leow is so naive! Naïve as the dry leaves on the ground. Please go and tell that to the zealots who seized the Malay language Bibles. Anyway, what’s the problem? Are the Christians that stupid? Did they actually think they will win?
 
Go into problem-solving mode. Just call it New Herald and continue using "Allah". After all, New Straits Times and UMNO Baru used the same trick.
 
I went to the Bankers Club in KL’s Amoda Building in Jalan Imbi and I participated in the ‘Go With the Flow’ debate (a type of Table Topics that is unique to Premier Advanced Toastmasters Club) as well as evaluated Lee Meng Tze’s CC speech # 4 – her fourth round by the way – and I didn’t expect it but I was voted Best Table Topics Speaker and Best Evaluator.
 
This was one of the better meetings at Premier Advanced Toastmasters meetings I have attended – and yes, I did enjoy the speeches and evaluations. An 8 over 10 score for this meeting.
 















 

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