Daily Archives:December 4th, 2018

The voice of young Sabahans: their hopes and prayers for the new Malaysia

Roney Eming, Keningau – MY hope is that fellow Malaysians will always preserve harmony, tolerance and respect towards differences of religion, race even political understanding. I hope the welfare and the need of rakyat is given number one priority in all planning and implementing measures.

Young people must care about current issues and realities of their surrounding, being involved in activities specially organized for youth and being tactful in making choices and decisions for the common good for the future.

I pray for continuous stability, development, peace and independence for Malaysia.

Linton Lilo, Kota Belud – I hope that this new Malaysia will strive better for its future. I want the people to benefit not only from the economic development but from the education system, social lifestyle and technology advancement.

As young people, we should contribute more to the country. Young people nowadays have so many talents, energy, creativity and innovation but we lack the courage and motivation to move forward or to make changes.

I pray our country Malaysia is free of corruption. Bless our prime minister and all the ministers. Give them vision and courage, as they ponder decisions effecting peace and the future of Malaysia. Make this great land and all its people know God’s will clearly, that they may fulfill the destiny ordained for us for the salvation of the nations, and restoring all things in Christ.

Kelly Liong, Ranau – MALAYSIA Day in essence is a historic event that brought unity among the rakyat in order to create harmonious country, a place where respect towards differences are uphold.

With the new Malaysia, I hope Malaysians are able to be openly involved in developing the country together with the government to re-stabilize it.

Today’s young people are increasingly swallowed by the world. For this new Malaysia, young people must be courageous in voicing out their opinions and to act for changes. We are the agents of change and the future of Malaysia. If the young people are involved in a negative way in the new Malaysia, it will contribute to the “aging of the country”. I encourage the young people and also myself to not be lazy but to practice critical thinking. Do not be afraid to act for justice but act rationally. Prove to all that we are not just demanding to be heard, but that we can also act sensibly.

May our God bless and protect Malaysia from all injustices and grant strength as well as wisdom to its leaders and rakyat.

Lay Metha, Kiulu – FOR this new Malaysia, I hope the leaders and rakyat from all races unite and practice healthy competition towards development, without wanting to defeat anyone. Leaders and rakyat must care for the marginalized and minorities such as the native, ex-convicts, poor, ex-addicts and so on. We must be bothered with climate change. I hope for healthy rapid development without destructing the environment, traditional culture and our original identity.

As young people, we can start small but consistent. We must read, research, share good thoughts through social media using story telling tools, less gossiping, be a volunteer to an NGO, go out and see your surroundings, listen to uplifting stories and the needs of the oppressed minorities, do not litter, recycle. We may not always afford to contribute money, but we can share our energy, knowledge and time to be a citizen who cares.

Jenna Robert, Likas – TO me, Malaysia Day commemorates a day where we celebrate freedom from foreign rulers and the uniting of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak as a cohesive force and a new identity – Malaysian and truly multi-cultural and multi-religious.

As a second time voter, I felt proud that Malaysians made a conscious and united vote for change and gave our current government a chance to bring in new tidings to our country, however long it may take. It was the most exciting event in our political and communal history and many Malaysians showed enthusiasm and were proactive. I hope that the new government carries on the spirit of the people who voted for them – a spirit for renewal and uprooting the bad and a desire for unity and good change.

Young people in this generation should equip themselves with all the knowledge and information they can get and disseminate messages of hope and peace among Malaysians to spark the spirit of inclusion and responsibility.

Joannes Jomitol, KK – MALAYSIA day is a time for me to reflect and be grateful for all the blessings that God has given to Sabah because of the formation of the Federation 55 years ago. At the same time, it is also a time for me to think what would I want to leave behind for the future generations.

I hope the people will now know the power that they have when they are united as one. Great things can be achieved if we move forward together, fight against corruption, racism and oppression.

Discover who you are, your calling, and live them out passionately and courageously.  I pray that Malaysia will be a Country after God’s own heart!

Jeremy Chin, Tg Aru – IT is a celebration where Sabah and Sarawak formed Malaysia on Sep 16, 1963. It’s a historical moment where we should continue to celebrate the unity of all races, cultures and religious.

For the first time in history, Malaysia saw a change of government last May 9. With a new Malaysia, the citizens must be patient and have confidence with our new government. We are the one who chose them and so let them perform their duty.

For the government, they have to be well prepared with knowledge on what they are doing. They should start their day with a smile, be confident and work with integrity so that they are always ready to serve the nation and its people.

Meanwhile the young people should share their skills and expertise to develop the nation whether in sports, technology, food industry and many more. I pray for peace, harmony and unity. May God guide our leaders for a better future and economic stability so that we can journey together to achieve our nation’s vision and mission.

Maria Baidolly, Penampang – FOR me, Malaysia Day is a day to celebrate our unity as a country and remembering the struggles of the leaders before us who fought for the independence and unity of this country.

We saw a change of government since its independence in 1957, I hope the people of Malaysia will make full use of the opportunity through this change by cooperating with the new government and work together as a nation to build a better future.

Young people of the country must be more involved in the country’s affairs and supportive towards building a better future.

May the Lord continue to shower His blessings upon our country and continue to guide our leaders in good governance for a better Malaysia. Amen

Jeremiah Michael, KK – MALAYSIA Day always reminds me of how blessed I am to be born and living in Malaysia as God has granted us peace despite how broken we are as a country. God never fails to bless us with peace in this country.

My hope for the new government is that they will be more honest and sincere in doing their duty as leaders of this country.

As a youngster, I always feel that it’s important for us to continue praying for our leaders and always continue to preserve the peace that we have now. Always treat each other with respect and love. In this small way we will be able to serve and turn our country into a better place to live.

I pray that may God continue to guide our country to become a great nation and continue to do His will despite any circumstances.

Traveling while picking up garbage Dutch citizen convey message to care for the environment

Sissing known as the trashpacker

SEMPORNA, 7 July 2018 – Traveling while picking up garbage. That is what a Dutch citizen is doing while traveling to a few countries including Malaysia, he picked up garbage to deliver a message to the public not to be shy about keeping the environment.

Lately, Tijmen Sissing, 27, went viral in social media after his picture of picking up garbage with a group of children in Semporna was widely shared.

Before this, he picked up garbage while he was in Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines and West Malaysia, but only gained widespread publicity in Lahad Datu, Semporna and Tawau.

Following up his widespread publicity in Eastern Sabah, the locals started to join his cleaning ‘jobs’ and even provided garbage bags, food as well as vehicles to transport the garbage.

Besides joined in by a group of children in Semporna, while in Tawau, he was assisted by 23 volunteers and managed to collect waste dumps in 82 big bags in just three hours-time.

Tijmen said he began to be aware of the need to address dirty environment after discovering large amount of rubbish while traveling in Thailand, Laos and Australia in 2012.

While cleaning a place, he received some scornful looks from the locals because he was collecting rubbish in a public place.

“Even if they laugh, I still welcome them and asked “Apa khabar?” Collecting waste dumps using a rubbish bag apparently make me look funny,” he said. Olivia Miwil, Berita Harian (translated)

A Fun Filled Day at the beach

TANJUNG ARU – Youth Ministry of Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) held their first outdoor outing since the ministry had its youth gathering back in February 2018.

They chose to have some rest and recreational activities at Tanjung Aru beach,  Aug 4. This outing was a replacement of one which was organized a few months back but it had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

However, this time around, the day was simply perfect and even if the weather was not favourable, they had Plan B ready. As it turned out, Plan A went about smoothly.

They found a nice spot with a lawn that was big and clean for their race and Frisbee tossing. Though not many turned up and there were a few last minute cancellations, what mattered most was the quality time that they had spent together in sharing and bonding.

In closing the day, they offered their thanks to the Lord for such a memorable and relaxing day. Before going on their separate ways, and with the setting sun as the background, everyone gathered for a not so perfect group photo but of a perfect outing day, with a promise to come back with more youths next time. – CMI SOCCOM

Boys’ Brigade 4th KK Company celebrates 36th Enrolment Service

Fr Paul Lo presented appointment letters to new BB Warrant Officers, Aug 29 at Mary Immaculate Church

BUKIT PADANG, Kota Kinabalu – The Boys’ Brigade (BB) of the 4th Kota Kinabalu Company celebrated its 36th Enrolment Service (15 May 1982 – 2018) during Sunday mass at Church of Mary Immaculate (CMI) on 29 Aug. 81 officers and members who came in full uniform, attended the service.

Before the Mass, BB members lined up in front of the church for the Guard of Honour.  Fr Paul Lo, presiding priest, had the honour of performing the inspection of the line-up of both junior and senior members.

He also presented appointment letters to new Warrant Officers namely; Daniel Tham, Maltida Tham, Adrian Thien, Cecelia Thien, Alex Lee and Dorothy Ho.

Before mass began, a short video clip on the activities of the BB was shown to the congregation. The Boys’ Brigade joined in the procession carrying their flag which was received by Fr Lo, and handed over to Captain Anna Liew and placed beside the sanctuary.

After homily, Fr Lo informed the congregation that he would be performing the Act of Enrolment and blessing for the BB members in attendance. To this end, the BB official song titled ‘Anchor Song’ was sung by the BB members, saluting the emblem of strength and right and remembering their motto: ‘Sure and Steadfast’.

Fr Lo invited the Company Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) to come forward in turn, to renew their promise to advance God’s Kingdom among members, to support the church and to promote habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect and all that tends towards true Christian character.

The pre-junior, junior and senior members also renewed their promise to be loyal members of the BB which helps them to enjoy life in physical, educational, social and spiritual growth; and to support all the activities of the Church and Company in God’s name.

Fr Lo called upon the congregation to pledge their support for the work being done by the BB in this Church and to pray for all the Officers and Members that God will keep them sure and steadfast in their faith.

During mass, members of the BB were involved as the commentator, readers, wardens and offertory bearers.

They adjourned afterwards for a group photo session, awards presentation and lunch fellowship.

With every badge/award given out during the Brigade Award presentation, there was a short explanation on the process they have gone through in order to get the badges/awards.

Also present in this celebration were the Honorary Captain, Mr. Anthony Fong, the founder and first captain of the 4th Kota Kinabalu Company, and Captain Neil Mah of the 11th Kota Kinabalu Company.

For boys and girls who are interested, the BB’s weekly activities are on Saturday, 2pm to 5pm at Church of Mary Immaculate or visit online at 4thkkbbcoy.blogspot.com or its Facebook page: 4th Kota Kinabalu Boys Brigade Company – CMI SOCCOM

Telipok youth held PBK13 thanksgiving night

TELIPOK – Around 50 participants of Pesta Belia Keuskupan Ke-13 (PBK13) from Holy Family Telipok succesfully organized their Grateful and Sharing Night, June 23 at the church’s parish hall (picture right).

The celebration, not only joined by the participants, but also some of the foster families, parents and representatives from PBK13 organizing team. The event started with a potluck dinner after the opening prayer by Fr Mattheus Luta.

It continues with individual sharing from each participants, some throwback videos of PBK13 and a speech and a video from the organizing team.

Holy Family youth team wishes to thank PBK13 organizing team for the hospitality and programs prepared by them throughout PBK13 in June 17-21. – Leo

Adventure camp for Stella Maris Boys’ Brigade

KOKOL, Manggatal – The 11th KK Boys’ Brigade Company of Stella Maris, Tanjung Aru had successfully held a 2-day 1-night camp on 14-15 July 2018, at Natai in Kokol Manggatal, about an hour car drive from the city centre.

A total of 42 members from the Junior Section as young as eight years old as well as the Senior Section and officers attended the camp.

It took about two hours of jungle trekking in beautiful lush green sceneries alongside the tracks and high slopes before reaching the waterfall. Members were excited as soon as they heard the sound of water flowing and with the blend of nature they forget about their tiredness and splashed into the water.

It was an amazing journey where it tested the members’ stamina but nonetheless a worthy experience for all. The fun did not stop as they were allowed once again to have an enjoyable time at the river after the jungle trekking. It was a fun camp day for them especially swimming in the freezing cold Natai River, just next to the campsite.

During night fall, the owner of the campsite prepared a space for the campfire. Members were excited with the lighting of the fire and the campfire started with a charade game led by Captain Neil Mah. Every group presented their interpretation of what they had learnt during the whole day.

Officers joined the fun by singing and doing action songs, the seniors sang our very famous local song ‘Original Sabahan’ and the whole night was filled with joy and laughter. During the Sunday church service on the 15th, members were welcomed by the parishioners of St Irenius, Natai. They were happy to see visitors coming to celebrate service at their chapel where young members were exposed to the village-style chapel.

The camp adjourned with a very special treasure hunt where members hunted for natural treasures such as fishes, frog, grasshopper and the rarest item which is baby shrimp, instead of solving puzzles and body activities. They were not only introduced to living organisms and the environment but also to nature conservation. The camp ended with a birthday celebration for July ‘babies’ with a chocolate cake for all.

“Yes, I would like to join 11th KK Camp again!” said members after returning from the camp. Camping has been a key part of the Boys’ Brigade for a long time, held as part of preserving the tradition started by Sir William Alexander Smith, founder of the Boys’ Brigade, to combine drill and fun activities with Christian values; Discipline, Obedience, Relevance and Self-Respect. They are asking for another adventure camp because for Boys Brigade, “The Adventure Starts Here!”. The 11th KK Company is inviting parishioners to our weekly parade at 1.30pm, Stella Maris Hall or contact 013-8798415 for further inquiries.

For more information on the place, log on to adventureculturalvillage.blogspot.com.  Jeremy Chin and Rachel Natalie Lai

Teenagers engage in talk on purity

PURITY in relationships has always been a delicate yet pressing issue worth addressing especially among teens in this fast paced, personality-charged, fame-seeking and socially demanding society. We often feel the need to get things ‘now’, an issue emblematic of instant gratification as well as unjust social expectations especially on our youth today.

Christian living calls us to always do and say things against the norm – that is, to live a life of holy awareness with the ability to determine and separate worldly from Godly teachings. All human beings have intrinsic values within them, and it is important to remind our youth about their worthiness in a rat-race society.  Youcat (280) states that, “Every person, from the first moment of his life in the womb, has an inviolable dignity, because from all eternity God willed, loved, created, and redeemed that person and destined him for eternal happiness…  Christians believe that human dignity is, in the first place, the result of God’s respect for us.”

RAY organised a two-part series on this pertinent issue in their monthly gathering on 15 July 2018, to a crowd of teens and a team of visiting young adults from EFATA. The teenagers started off with a session of praise and worship and immediately moved into the session. The teens were reminded of their true worth and of others in God’s eyes.

The talk also revolved around the impact of secular Western social influence through movies as well as several tips to remain pure in mind, body and spirit. The session also approached the issue of peer pressure and of not giving into an attitude of following others just for the sake of being ‘accepted’.

The issue of being single was another topic covered as the pressure or expectation to be in a relationship sometimes become a question of self-worth. Afterwards, the teens were encouraged to forward their questions on purity by writing them on paper that was provided to the core team members.

The follow-up session was conducted on Friday night on 27 July. It was a light-hearted session akin to a ‘coffee talk’ setting (without the coffee!). The core team members answered the questions posted by teens in the previous session. The teens sat cosily on the floor. The core team members (comprising of young adults, married and single) shared their own experiences in the field as they tried to tackle the questions posed by the teens. It was a very interesting and eye-opening experience for all.

The teens were also invited to ask more questions about purity and relationships. Some of the questions were, ‘How do I know if I love someone?” and “Am I still worthy of love even if I have already lost my purity?”.

Towards the end, everyone recited a rosary prayer on the issue of purity to seek God’s guidance in their lives. Hopefully, the teens learned something valuable in the two-part session and gained more wisdom, if not clarity about purity and self-worth. It was definitely a worthwhile experience for all involved and great joy in sharing with others. Nonetheless, it is with great hope that more in-depth sessions on purity will be carried out in the near future as this issue is very much crucial in our church and society.Jenna Robert

Life Teens’ Camp on “Armour of God”

TELIPOK – One hundred and twenty-five participants joined the Life Teen Youth Camp 2018 at Tamaza, Natai Adventure Cultural Village from 22 – 24 June 2018. The Camp theme “Armour of God”, is inspired by the bible verse: “Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11), St. Paul tells us that God commanded us to put on the full armour of God as our spiritual defense against attacks by Satan.
In this camp, we aimed to raise their awareness of their roles as true Catholics and expose the works of Satan in the world today so that they will be prepared to apply the “armour of God” when in combat with evil in their daily lives.
The camp started with an opening Mass by Fr Paul Lo at Sacred Heart Cathedral, before participants left for Tamaza. A military theme was incorporated into the program so that the participants were able to have the experience of being in battle and relate it to the spiritual battle that they go through in their daily lives. The participants were assigned into their platoons along with a leader and they were evaluated on a merit/demerit system based on their unity, teamwork, discipline, leadership and sacrifice for their team members.
The program started off with the participants setting up their own tents. Unfortunately, it rained heavily throughout the camp which affected the campsite & their tents but the participants got through it with great stride despite their uncomfortable conditions. Other activities included a camp fire session where they shared their experiences with their platoons and jungle trekking with a few obstacles set up which ended with bush cooking, where the participants learned to cook with bamboo on a bonfire.
We are very grateful to have Fr Paul Lo to give sessions on the armour of God, what we are fighting against, church’s teaching on spiritual battles, how we prepare for battle, who are our commander and comrades when in battle, how to persevere and combat in a spiritual battle and lastly to seek healing and strength from the Eucharist. On the last night, adoration & confession took place. The participants shared that they were so happy to finally be able to go for confession after a long time and were able to truly confess their sins.
The camp ended with Mass and a Eucharistic Procession. It was a new experience for the teens to participate in a Eucharistic Procession. We hope that the exposure to this experience will help the participants to fall more deeply in love and to seek the healing and strength they need in the Eucharist.
Today, belief in Satan’s existence and activity is often dismissed as old superstition. Most Catholics hear very little about him and are unaware that they are engaged in spiritual warfare, therefore unprepared to defeat him. In reality, we engage in this battle everyday with Satan, who wants to stop us from fulfilling our true calling from God and strive for the ruin of souls.
We encourage not only the participants of the camp but to all youths to go learn more about the faith and constantly receive the sacraments to prepare for the spiritual battle that we go through daily with or without realizing it.
To continue this journey, Life Teen invites all teens aged 13-18 years old to join their weekly Life Night gatherings on Saturdays, room F2, 8pm – 10pm, at Sacred Heart Parish Centre. Teens may also check out Life Teen Facebook (LIFE TEEN, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia), or Instagram (lifeteenshckk) for updates.
Life Teen is also thankful to everyone who has supported the ministry in organizing the camp through their prayers and donations. – Kimberly Tamayo, Camp Coordinator Life Teen Youth Camp 2018

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