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RIP Cardinal Cornelius Sim

By Devid Rajah & Vanitha Nadaraj

We had the privilege of meeting the late Cardinal Cornelius Sim almost 20 years ago. We were in Bandar Seri Begawan conducting a workshop on writing stories for their newsletter and the participants were parishioners from the Our Lady of the Assumption Church.

Then Bishop Cornelius Sim made it a point to drop by and see how the two-day workshop was going. His office was close by. There was one time when he walked in just as we were talking about interviewing techniques. We asked him to do something that took him by surprise.

We asked him if he would allow himself to be interviewed. And he said yes. He sat in front of the participants and fielded all the questions with ease. He even answered some very personal questions which we are not at liberty to share here.

What impressed us was his openness and willingness to try new things. Not just about his life but also in embracing new technology and development. It was a time when websites were starting to pop up and people were realising the need for ordinary people, ie non-journalists, to post content on the internet. He had wanted his parishioners to be equipped for the task.

We in Malaysia rejoiced when he was made Cardinal last November. And today, we in Malaysia and other parts of the world, mourn his loss along with the Church in Brunei.

May the soul of His Eminence rest in peace.

Cardinal Cornelius Sim passed away in Taiwan on May 29, 2021.
To know more about him, you can go here.