The Catholic church in Butterworth has reached an out-of-court settlement with Bernadette, the sacristan whose services were terminated last year.
Bernadette had lodged a complaint with the Labour Department. Yesterday, she received an undisclosed amount from the Butterworth church. The 67-year-old now works at various part-time jobs outside the church.
Similarly, the Bishop of Penang reached an out-of-court settlement with the residents of a village around the St Francis Xavier’s Church along Penang Road.
The Bishop had wanted the land back. The villagers then took the matter to court.
The case ended with a consent judgment after the Bishop and the villagers reached an agreement: under the settlement, the six families agreed to leave within six months and in return they would be paid an undisclosed amount.
From these two cases … some useful lessons to be learned on how land issues should be resolved and how church workers should be treated.