A few days ago, I sent my Christmas greetings to His Grace Archbishop John Hung of Taipei, and proudly shared with him that Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, on behalf of the Christian Federation of Malaysia(CFM), hosted a Christmas tea party at his residence attended by Prime Minister Najib, cabinet ministers, political leaders, foreign dignitaries and the public. (picture: Archbishop Pakiam, with Prime Minister and wife and the African Christian community at the open house)
This is an annual function hosted on rotation by various CFM members.
I also told Archbishop John that it is our Malaysian unique way of "open house" to foster understanding and harmony among the difference cultures, religions and races.
Today, Malaysiakini, an established Internet news portal reported that Seputeh MP Teresa Kok is demanding an apology from the prime minister for his office's directive to rid religious elements from a Christmas celebration, which she said was “disrespectful” to Christianity.
According to Kok, who is also Selangor state senior exco, the Prime Minister's Office's had issued a directive for crucifixes to be removed from the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) Christmas event on 25 Dec, where Prime Minister Najib Razak was a guest. The directive, she said, also prohibited Christian prayers and hymns during the event that was held at the Catholic Church Archbishop's residence.
“Najib should apologise to the Christian Federation of Malaysia for 'de-Christianising' their Christmas celebration, that yet again denied Malaysians the right to freedom of religion,” said Kok in a statement. This was not mentioned in any of the main stream newspapers and media.
My heart sunk and feeling shameful. I wished I have not tell Archbishop Hung about the open house.
And what a shameless act of disrespect to the host in particular and the Christian community in general.
I do no know if the host complied. That will make it more shameful.
The directive itself is stupid and shameful. It slaps right on the face of Najib who has been preaching "1 Malaysia" "1 people" "tolerence and respect of others"......
Six priests celebrated the feast day Mass at 9:00 am with a procession of the Holy Family statute. A fellowship brunch was held at the hall after Mass.
Former Parish Priest of the parish, Rev. Fr. Julian, Fr. Alloysius from Singapore, Fr. Amala from Kelang con-celebrated the Mass with Fr. Moses Lui of Melaka-Johor Diocese being the Preacher of the Feast day.
Holy Family of Nazareth, be the guide of all families.
Partners of Evangelisation 99 Project sacrified their weekend sleep, met today at 8:30 am at the Tomorrow Delicious Food Center in PJ for a working breakfast.
Their task was to review the project progress of the previous season that concluding at the end of the year, and plan for the new season 2011, including the selection of DVD titles and membership renewal.
My breakfast order: One plate of Sarawak "gan lao" noodle, one bowl of Ipoh curry noodle and a glass of milk tea!
My dear children, do not send me or your mother to a nursing home ..... at old age with sound mental faculty.
We have just visited an old friend of 82 years old at a nursing home, begging to go home.
"why do they lock me here?? they are wasting money to put me here .... I can look after myself ..." He was referring to his children, many children..
He is old but mobile and staying alone. The reasons of him being here are: forgetting to take his medications .... every one is busy working，no one to look after him .... he will be well taken care of at the home...
My children, looking after aged parents are never easy, but do not send me to the Home for any of the above reasons. If I forget to take my medication, it is natural .... Let nature take care of me ... God will dim my sight and hearing, slow my movement, dull my mental faculty .... allowing me to leave this world gradually and in peace.
But, if I am senile, you can do whatever you want ...
Do not worry that I am suffering from sickness, from pain or a fall, for not eating, for you not being able to care for me ... It is our life cycle ... birth...age...sickness ...death!
" I want to climb the fence to escape .... I am not happy here .... they stare at me, watching and guarding me ...."He has tried to escape.
Do not imprison me to the Home. At old age, I am not able to adjust to the environment. More than 20 complete strangers under one roof, each has his/her own character. Worse, I have to share a room with five or six of them.
"I don't want to eat or drink ... I want to die!"
My friend is being tortured and tormented mentally. He wants to be home .... where he has been staying for the past many decades .... home sweet home!
Loneliness is the most torturing and painful experience. By sending me to a Home 40 kms away (like my friend), cutting off from old friends that I cling on dearly is grossly cruelty ......
None of the children inform me of his stay in the Home .... despite the fact that we are very close.
My friend's eyes are sunken ... crying and not eating. A trapped soul longing to be free.
My children, do not send me to a nursing home in our old age.