KUALA PUMPUR — A five-point plan of action for the coming year was formulated during the three-day annual meeting of the Regional Commission for Social Communications (RCSC) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, held from 21-23 June.
They are as listed:
Media Literacy Education (MLE) for parents, catechists, youth and seminarians;
Programmes to restore Christian values in families which are affected by worldly influences;
To share resources among dioceses on digital materials, publications, video productions and positive stories;
Upgrading contents of diocesan websites such as the inclusion of stories for children, church teachings and traditions.
To have solid programmes aimed at strengthening marriages and the family institution, and firmly inculcating Christian values in young children.
KUALA LUMPUR — The three-day annual meeting of the Regional Commission for Social Communications (RCSC) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei ended with participants feeling they have had a fruitful encounter that would bear good fruit in time to come.
The meeting, held at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur from 20-23 June, was attended by a group of 11 representatives from the Archdioceses of Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching and the Dioceses of Brunei, Penang, Malacca-Johor, Miri and Sandakan.
SIBU — Some 51 members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) of Malaysia from the four communities of Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Miri convened at the Sibu Diocesan Pastoral Centre for the 6th OCDS Malaysia National Congress from 29 April – 2 May. Fr Thomas Lim, OCD, General Delegate of Taiwan-Singapore and Fr Kenneth Gopal, OCD, Taiwan-Singapore OCD Provincial Delegate to Malaysia OCDS were in attendance.
KUALA LUMPUR — From Penang, the delegation from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) went to KL. On August 11, they met with Archbishop Julian Leow, some members of the clergy and other staff involved with social justice, religious freedom, and migration issues.
The meeting started off with a presentation on the background and current condition of the Migrants, Refugees and Human Trafficking scene in Malaysia by Josephine Tey, one of the coordinators of the Migrant Services Centre in the Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD).
Jerald Joseph, Director of the Popular Communications Centre for Human Rights (KOMAS), addressed the root of the problems faced by the Malaysian public: the governance, with the theme Nation in Crises. He explained how certain laws were used to curtail the freedom of expression in Malaysia. He also spoke on how civil society has spoken up against these and gave the example of BERSIH 4.0.
Fr Michael Chua was the last presenter of the day. His presentation titled Melting Pot or Boiling Cauldron helped give the USSCB representatives a general idea about how society in Malaysia is made up in terms of religion, ethnicity and politics. He also spoke on the religious persecution which is taking place, not only among the Christians, but also among the other minority religions.
“After listening to your sharings, I am touched by your perseverence in spite of the persecution you are facing,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and Chair of the Committee on Migration.