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First Sabahan sworn in as new chief justice

KUALA LUMPUR – Richard Malanjum was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia effective on 11 July 2018.  He was the first Sabahan to be appointed to the post.

Malanjum, 65, received his letter of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V in a ceremony at the Bilik Singgahsana Kecil (Small Throne Room), Istana Negara, here on the night of July 11.

Also present were Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa and Federal Court chief registrar Latifah Mohd Tahar.

Malanjum, who is former Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, replaces Md Raus Sharif who will resign as the chief justice, effective July 31.

His appointment marks a new milestone in the country’s history as he is the first person from the Borneo states to be appointed to the top post in the judiciary.

Born on 13 Oct 1952 in Tuaran, Sabah, Malanjum received his early education at the Bukit Hill School, Putatan and Sacred Heart Primary School, Kota Kinabalu before completing his secondary education at the La Salle Secondary School, Kota Kinabalu.

The Kadazandusun lad then began his career as a clerk at the Education Department, Department of Agriculture, Television and Radio Department and as a welfare officer at the State Welfare Department.

In July 1972, he graduated from the Mara Institute of Technology in Shah Alam, Selangor (now known as Universiti Teknologi Mara) as an external student at the University of London and obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1975.

Upon graduation with a law degree, he was appointed as an administrative officer in the Chief Minister’s Department, Sabah, but he was assigned as a deputy public prosecutor in the Sabah State Attorney General’s Chambers.

In 1976, Malanjum furthered his studies in London and successfully completed his “Bar-at-Law” study within the same year.

He was admitted to the English Bar of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in London and upon returning, he continued his service as a deputy public prosecutor and senior legal counsel in the Sabah State Attorney General’s Chambers.

Malanjum then was admitted as a solicitor in the Malaysian Bar, Sabah, in 1977, and was also admitted to the Australian Capitol Territory (ACT) Bar in 1991.

In 1981, he resigned and proceeded to join a private legal firm in Kota Kinabalu until 1992. He was then appointed as a judicial commissioner in March 1992.

In 1993, he was elevated as a High Court judge in Kuching Sarawak. He was also placed in the High Court of Miri and Sandakan in 1994 and 1996 and he was transferred back to the Kuching High Court in May 2002.

In August 2002, he was appointed as judge of the Court of Appeal Malaysia and later in June 2005, he was appointed as Federal Court judge of Malaysia.

Malanjum is the first native of Sabah to be appointed as a High Court judge, judge of the Court of Appeal as well as the judge of the Federal Court.

At the age of 52, he was the youngest Federal Court Judge appointed to the post. On July 26, 2006, he was officially appointed as chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak until to date.

Married to Marina Tiu, the couple have three children, namely Jessica Eleanor, Edgar Richard and Carl Barnabas. – Bernama/FMT

Pope appoints Abp Marek as papal representative to Singapore, Vietnam

Abp Marek Zalewski

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Monday, 21 May 2018, appointed Polish Archbishop Marek Zalewski as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Singapore who will also be the non-resident Pontifical Representative to Vietnam.

Archbishop Zalewski who served as Apostolic Nuncio in Zimbabwe will be based in Singapore.  He fills the diplomatic post which had been vacant for 8 months after Pope Francis transferred Archbishop Leopold Girelli as Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus and Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine in September 2017.

Born in 1963 in Augustow, Poland, Archbishop Zalewski was ordained a priest in 1989. He holds a doctorate in canon law from Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University Rome.

After entering the Holy See’s diplomatic service in 1995, he has served in Holy See missions in the Central African Republic, the United Nations, Great Britain, Germany, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Pope Francis appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe in March 2014.  Besides his native language, he also speaks Italian, English, French, German and Spanish.

Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam has welcomed the new pontifical representative and urged the country’s Catholics to pray for his new mission.

“We should thank God, through Holy See representatives, for creating conditions for the church in Vietnam, where religious freedom remains restricted, to be in close communion with the pope, Vatican officials, and churches around the world,” Archbishop Linh told UCANEWS.

He hoped Archbishop Zalewski will improve ties between the Holy See and Vietnam. Archbishop Linh also said he will write to invite the new Vatican envoy to visit Vietnam soon.

While Vietnam and the Holy See do not have full diplomatic relations, the Communist southeast Asian nation’s agreement to let the Vatican name a non-resident papal representative to the country in 2011 was seen as a breakthrough in an ongoing process to normalise relations.

The appointment of Archbishop Girelli came after landmark high-level meetings such as Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet in 2009 and his 2007 meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.  That meeting marked the first time a prime minister from Vietnam’s communist government met a pope and top officials from the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Talks and relations between the Vatican and Vietnam were further reinforced when Pope Benedict VI met the head of Vietnam’s communist party, Nguyen Phu Trong, and top party and government officials in January 2013.  It was the first time a pope had met with the general secretary of the nation’s Communist Party.

Earlier this year, a Vatican delegation headed by Msgr Antoine Camilleri, the Vatican’s Undersecretary for Relations with States, paid a five-day working visit to Vietnam.  During the Jan 16-20 trip, he held meetings with top government officials and bodies.

Vietnam still demands that any papal appointment in the country has to be approved by the government.  Likewise, working visits by the Singapore-based pontifical representative, also require approval from the government.  Return of confiscated Church property is also a thorny issue.

Meanwhile, relations between the Holy See and Singapore have been far easier. Diplomatic relations established on 24 June 1981, will mark their 37th anniversary next month. – Robin Gomes, Vatican News

Fr Victor Louis appointed PMS national director

VATICAN CITY  – Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, on 2 March 2017 appointed national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei for a five-year term , Rev Victor Louis Gnanaprakasam, of the diocese of Penang.

The new national director was born on 1 November 1966 at Bagan Serai, Perak, and was ordained a priest on 14 July 1997 in his hometown. Since his ordination he has served vice parish priest, parish priest in various communities, and a member of the Council of Priests. In 2007 he was awarded a Masters in Missiology at the St Peter’s Institute in Bangalore. On 1 April 2007 he was appointed diocesan PMS Director. Then he served as parish priest, member of the Council of Priests and since 17 February 2016, Chancellor of the diocese of Penang.

Malaysia’s Vatican ambassador expects normal relations

dompokKOTA KINABALU – Malaysia’s newly appointed ambassador to the Holy See, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said that while his new role is no different from any other embassy, he expects there will be a specific focus when dealing with a world body like the Vatican.

“The embassies in other foreign countries are with countries as states, but as far as the Vatican is concerned, it is a world body, not quite a state but a community of people who have been recognized by the world as a separate entity.

“The Vatican City is the capital of the Holy See and the Holy See is the body that looks after the entire Catholic population throughout the world. I would not say that I will be any different from any other ambassador, but perhaps the job description will be different since there is nothing at the moment for us to compare with,” he said.

Malaysia was the 179th state to establish diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 2011. – ucanews.com

New bishop for Melaka-Johor appointed

 

bp tan n successor bernard paulKUALA LUMPUR – Msgr Anthony Bernard Paul from the Diocese of Penang has been appointed the new Bishop of Melaka-Johor Diocese by Pope Francis on November 19.

The Holy Father accepted the resignation presented by Bp. Paul Tan Chee Ing, SJ from the pastoral governance of the diocese of Melaka-Johor, Malaysia, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, and appointed Rev. Anthony Bernard Paul, presently parish priest of the Cathedral and Vicar for Pastoral Care of the Diocese Penang, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Melaka-Johor.

Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino, the Apostolic Nuncio to Malaysia made the announcement at 7.00pm.

Msgr Bernard was born in Kuala Lumpur on July 6, 1953. After completing his education, he entered the seminary in Penang and was ordained a priest on July 21, 1989.

He has served in almost all the states in the Penang Diocese except for Kelantan. After his ordination, he was posted to St Mary’s Church Tapah as assistant parish priest. Three years later, he was appointed parish priest of the same church. In 1995, he became the parish priest of the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Butterworth.

In 1998, he became the administrator of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Penang and the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kulim, Kedah. One year later, he was the parish priest of Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kulim until 2005.

Then he served for five years as the Parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in Silibin, Ipoh.

From 2010 until now he has been the parish priest of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Penang.

Besides his tenure as a parish pastor, Bishop-elect Bernard has also served as the Vocation Director in 1996 and in 2006 as the Director of the Diocesan Pastoral Commission.

He was appointed Vicar-general of the Diocese under two bishops. His first was under Bishop Antony Selvanayagam from 1997-2000 and later under Bishop Sebastian Francis from 2012 until present.

In July 2014, Msgr Bernard celebrated his 25 sacerdotal anniversary at the Holy Spirit Cathedral.

Pedro Geronimo, the PPC chairman of the parish described Msgr Bernard as “a man of vision and highly organised. Through his vision for our parish we have run many effective and powerful programmes. Our youth are also blessed to have a parish priest who is caring and friendly.

Bishop Sebastian has described him as “a Father, Priest, Shepherd, Friend, Confessor, …” an Enabler, a Disciplinarian and a Fun Guy.

For many, the bishop-elect is known as a humble and open priest. – Herald Malaysia.

His episcopal ordination will be on 12 January 2016.

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