Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam
528, Jalan Bukit Nanas, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603.2078 8828 / 2078 5089 Fax: +603.2031 3815


My dear people in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur,

Greetings of peace to you.

Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the Lord your God is
giving you (Deuteronomy 16:20).

The Catholic Church has been in the forefront of justice and peace. As Malaysians, our actions have always
been within our rights as entrenched in the Federal Constitution to practice our faith free from
interference and intimidation.

However, I am deeply saddened and aggrieved by recent events involving the use of offensive words and
the burning of an effigy of Father Lawrence Andrew (Editor of HERALD, The Catholic Weekly), which is
tantamount to an attack against the Christian community. It is deplorable that certain groups also wish to
organise mega demonstrations and road shows. These insensible actions by groups of persons have caused
a great deal of unease, anxiety and even anger among Malaysians. Furthermore, the endorsement of such
actions by certain political leaders and the unexplained silence of others only add fuel to a fire that seems
to be spreading uncontrollably. We cannot accept or tolerate any group that promotes division, discord
and disharmony in society.

I call upon the Catholic faithful to be strong through these adversities and continue to profess our faith
with courage and determination.

I find solace and am heartened to see Malaysians of all races and religious affiliations standing up and
coming forward for the cause of justice and peace. I thank God for the presence and support of these
people who are contributing to Malaysia being a place where communities can live together peacefully,
respecting and even appreciating the religious commonalities as well as differences of each other.

Priests and laity alike are called to promote justice and peace. Therefore, let us stand by and pray for
Father Lawrence Andrew and other individuals / groups who are involved in this noble cause. We need to
engage and dialogue with like-minded peoples, working towards building bridges and standing up against
those who seek to use religion to divide this nation. We must also continue to engage with the authorities
and call on them to take appropriate action to prevent further provocative acts of intimidation towards
minority communities.

Lastly, we must not forget to pray for our adversaries who have misunderstood our faith, since we all pray
to the one true God. Let us pray in our homes, BECs and parishes that those bent on disuniting the peoples
of Malaysia, will find the true path of peace. I also call upon the faithful to pray for our leaders, especially
our Prime Minister, to stand up with courage and be the leader to unite Malaysians of every race, religion
and political affiliation.

May God bless you.

Yours in Christ,

Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam
Administrator, Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.

Dated this 18th
January 2014