One thing that many people do not realise is that East Malaysian indigenous and Orang Asli Christians constitute 60 per cent of the church in Malaysia and many of them use Bahasa Malaysia. This is a CFM statement reacting to the Court of Appeal’s decision to bar the use of the word ‘Allah’ in the Malay-language pullout of the Catholic Herald weekly in Malaysia:
Kee Thuan Chye expresses what is on the minds of many people following the outcome of the court decision. Many have already drawn their own conclusions.
Clare Rewcastle Brown had arrived at Kuching Aiport to defend herself against defamation charges – but the irony is, she was unable to get past immigration.
Another watershed judgment: On 21 June, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Sarawak state government and recognised pemakai menua as native customary land (NCR) in a victory for native land rights. The verdict affirmed a decision in the Sibu High Court in the Tuai Rumah Sandah Tabau case. Costs were awarded against the state government. Pemakai Menoa is an Iban description for the territory around a landhouse community which has been used to provide resources to support the community since the time of their ancestors.
He delivered justice in the case of A Kugan, who was brutally tortured and found dead in police custody. And he spoke up for the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, which is what many are clamouring for. Justice V T Singham retires after delivering a judgement that stunned the nation. Blog visitor Hamid Ibrahim adds: I knew Singham from 1966 when I was the Town Council Secretary in Teluk Intan. He was Judge’s clerk and he was very keen on learning the law. He was with Cheang Lee Ong – Advocates & Solicitors.