Daily Archives:May 17th, 2018

CAC staff celebrate Kaamatan

The staff and aspirants pose for remembrance after the Mass, Catholic Archdiocesan Centre Penampang, 17 May 2018.

PENAMPANG – The staff of Catholic Archdiocesan Centre here celebrated Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) jointly with the aspirants on 17 May 2018 with Mass and fellowship meal.

Father Joshua Liew presided at the English Mass with Kadazan hymns.  Some of the staff wore Kadazan traditional attire.

In his homily, he said that while there was no harvesting of rice grains, one could harvest God’s will.

After Mass, all adjourned to the dining hall for a fellowship meal of native dishes.

The Kadazan harvest festival or Pesta Kaamatan is celebrated throughout the month of May yearly.  It is developed from custom and tradition that revolved around rice farming and is held for the following reasons:

  • To give thanks to the spirit of the rice called “Bambaazon” for the abundant rice harvest the previous year.
  • To identify the Kadazans as rice growers and with the land.
  • To showcase their uniqueness as a people.
  • To strengthen understanding and unity among the Kadazan people.

The archdiocesan-level Kaamatan celebration will be hosted by St Peter Claver Ranau on Tuesday, May 29, at 9:30 am.

60 attend liturgy of sending forth, rite of commitment

Pauline Cooperators (L-R) Judy Jipanin, Evelyn Perete, Sylvester Spiji, Valin Tivit and Collaborators Chua Kok Fatt, Michelle Tang and Delliza Sugar stand before Father Paul Lo during the liturgy of sending forth, rite of commitment, Sacred Heart Cathedral Chapel Karamunsing, 16 May 2018.

KOTA KINABALU – Around 60 people attended the liturgy of sending forth at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Sacred Heart Cathedral here on 16 May 2018.

Father Paul Lo presided at the Eucharist with the rite of commitment of four members of the Association of the Pauline Cooperators and three of their collaborators.

The liturgy of sending forth was in preparation of the seven to attend the worldwide gathering of the Pauline Cooperators in Rome May 18-26 as they close the centenary of the association.

In the rite, the seven promised to go to Rome not as tourists but as pilgrims.

The association was founded by Blessed James Alberione in Italy in 1917.  The lay members live in communion with members of the Pauline Family, using prayer, gifts and talents for evangelisation.

After the Mass, all adjourned to the parish canteen for a fellowship meal.

Anwar free at last as Malaysia charts new course

Jailed former opposition leader and current federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (L) speaks to the media as his wife Wan Azizah (R) looks on, after his return to their home following his release from hospital in Kuala Lumpur on 16 May 16 2018.  Anwar walked free on May 16 after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for his return to national politics as the presumptive successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad following a stunning election upset. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

KUALA LUMPUR – Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has been released from prison and appears on track to become prime minister of the country.

In his first address to the media after meeting the nation’s king and returning home on 16 May 2018,  Anwar said he would not seek an immediate return to politics and would instead spend time with his family.

He also calmed early fears of rifts in a new post-election government alliance by supporting Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s prerogative to form the cabinet.

The early release of Malaysia’s most famous political prisoner is expected to secure a new phase of political and social reform in a country that was becoming increasingly repressive under now ousted leader Najib Razak. On May 9, a coalition that ruled for six decades, dominated by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), was voted out of office.

Anwar assured supporters that reform in Malaysia will not be derailed by anyone.

“People are concerned that the reform agenda might not go through but I have seen at least in the last week there is a strong commitment,” Anwar said during a press conference at his home in Kuala Lumpur.

“It is not about personalities … they don’t decide (the new government’s agenda), we will make sure this reform agenda is not derailed.”

Days before the election, church leaders said they hoped that Malaysians would vote for “leaders who truly care for the people.”

The statement follows criticism of a minister in the previous government who remarked that churches spread lies to put the government in a bad light. Church leaders were outraged by his comments.

The Bishops’ Conference has released a press statement on May 15 calling on the faithful to pray for peace and reconciliation in post GE14 message. ( https://kkdiocese.net/soccom2013/bishops-ask-faithful-to-pray-for-peace-and-reconciliation-in-post-ge14-message)

It has been noted that in the past six decades, several high-profile Malaysian church leaders have publicly called for a change of government.

Mahathir promises to step aside

Anwar walked out from a hospital where was receiving treatment under guard to applause from a large crowd greeted the man who fired-up the drive to reform the country two decades ago when he was sacked as deputy prime minister. Supporters trailed him to Istana Negara, the royal palace where he met Mahathir who last week sought a pardon for him. The pardon was granted, clearing the way for his release.

Mahathir, now 92, has promised to step aside for him to become prime minister within two years.

Anwar, a hugely charismatic public figure, was jailed for a second time three years ago on what he said were trumped-up sodomy charges that appeared to have derailed his political career.

He was seen as leaning towards hard-line Islam in his youth as a co-founder of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia in the early 1970s. In 1974, he was arrested and imprisoned for almost two years — during student protests against rural poverty — under the now repealed Internal Security Act that allowed detention without trial.

After his release he served as a representative for Asia Pacific of World Assembly of Muslim Youth from 1975 till 1982. He is a co-founder of the International Institute of Islamic Thought and in the mid-1980s served as a chancellor of the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur. In 1982 he shocked his supporters by joining UMNO, led by Mahathir, who had become prime minister in 1981.

He moved up the political ranks quickly, becoming a minister in 1983 and rising to the office of deputy prime minister in 1993, a post he held until 1998 when he was sacked by Mahathir during the Asian financial crisis when they disagreed over policy. – ucanews.com, 16 May 2018

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