In 2010, Malaysian population was 28.3 million, and 9.2% are Christians - about 2.6 million
We call on him to unequivocally rescind his negative statements against Christians and their leaders and for the party leaders to make their stand whether they agree with him.
Disappointed to see spinned news/comments against me. My salient points are about the danger of mixing politics and religion. Though inevitable not to have any connection of the two, we must understand its sensitivity in today's situation. My apology if offended anyone.
* someone just informed me Msiakini published my apology..
As of 2010, there are 1,007,643 Catholics in Malaysia - approximately 3.56% of the total population.
ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS
TO THE DELEGATES OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PENAL LAWHall of Popes
Thursday, 23 October 2014b) Regarding the crime of corruptionThe scandalous concentration of global wealth is made possible by the connivance of public leaders with the powers that be. Corruption is in and of itself a death process: when a life is ended, there is corruption.There are few things more difficult than breaching a corrupt heart: “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Lk 12:21). When a corrupt person’s private situation becomes complicated, he knows all the loopholes to escape, as did the dishonest steward of the Gospel (cf. Lk 16:1-8).A corrupt person passes through life with shortcuts of opportunism, with an air of one who says: “It wasn’t me”, managing to internalize his ‘honest man’ mask. It is a process of internalization. The corrupt person cannot accept criticism; he discredits those who criticize; he seeks to diminish any moral authority that may call him into question; he does not value others and attacks with insults whomsoever may think in a different way. Should opportunity permit, he persecutes anyone who contradicts him.Corruption is expressed in an atmosphere of triumphalism because the corrupt person considers himself a winner. He struts about in that environment in order to belittle others. The corrupt person knows neither brotherhood nor friendship, but complicity and enmity. The corrupt one does not perceive his corruption. It is somewhat like what happens with bad breath: the person who has it is seldom aware of it; it is the others who notice it and have to tell him about it. For this reason it is unlikely that the corrupt person will be able to recognize his state and change through inner remorse.Corruption is a greater ill than sin. More than forgiveness, this ill must be treated. Corruption has become natural, to the point of becoming a personal and social statement tied to customs, common practice in commercial and financial transactions, in public contracting, in every negotiation that involves agents of the State. It is the victory of appearances over reality and of brazenness over honourable discretion.The Lord, however, does not tire of knocking at the doors of the corrupt. Corruption is no match for hope.What can criminal law do against corruption? There are now many conventions and international treaties on the subject and a proliferation of offenses defined and directed at protecting not so much the citizenry, who are definitively the ultimate victims — especially the most vulnerable — as to protect the interests of those operating the economic and financial markets.Criminal punishment is selective. It is like a net that catches only the little fish, while it leaves the big fish free in the ocean. The forms of corruption that most need to be addressed are those which cause severe social harm — such as, for example, serious fraud against the public administration or dishonest administrative practices — shown by any type of obstruction of justice intended to gain impunity for one’s own misdeeds or for those of third parties.
Of relevance, also is what Pope Francis has to say about pre-trial detention....which is relevant now considering what is happening to Maria Chin...
b) Regarding conditions of detention, un-sentenced prisoners and those sentenced without trial
These are not tall stories: you know it well — pretrial detention — when an early sentence is procured in an abusive manner, without conviction, or as a measure applied in case of a suspicion more or less based on a crime committed — constitutes another contemporaneous form of unlawful and hidden punishment, beyond a veneer of legality. - from the same address to the International Association of Penal Law mentioned above..
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