Rev Pax Tan
Former Senior Director
Prison, Drugs & AIDS Malaysian CARE
Pastor Pax is currently pastoring Wellspring Baptist Church in Petaling Jaya. He retired from Malaysian Care in 2014 after 30 years of service, in the Overseas Department, Communications, Prison, Drugs & AIDS work. A lecturer in bible colleges and organisations on Integral Mission, Social Justice, Justice and Poverty, Counselling, Addictions.
- Certified Substance Abuse Counsellor and Trainer. ( USA & UK )
- Vice-President of International Substance Abuse & Addictions Coalition ( ISAAC ), with Christian members from over 80 countries.
- Theological Studies in Trinity Theological College, Singapore 1977-1981.
- Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK 1990-1991.
- Pastor of Lutheran Churches 1981-1984; 1987-2010.
Dr William Kirwan
Board of Director’s Executive Committee of Narramore Christian Foundation, Programme Director of Asia Graduate School of Theology
Bill has doctoral degrees in theology and psychology, and has served as pastor, professor, author, and clinical psychologist over a span of many years. Currently, he is a member of the Narramore Christian Foundation Board of Directors’ Executive Committee, as well as the Program Director of the modular Christian counseling doctoral program of the Asia Graduate School of Theology, located in Manila, Philippines. This program, offering a high level of both academic and clinical training, is funded in large part by NCF. Bill has developed a sense of calling to the Asian countries which are just beginning to seek effective mental health training. The present cohort is comprised of students from six countries in Asia and Africa. Six months of the year, Bill resides in Quezon City with his wife, who participates in the program as a counselor, doing individual therapy with a number of the students.
Deputy Secretary of SUHAKAM (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia)
Mr. Simon Karunagaram is a Deputy Secretary of Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM). He is currently attached to the Complaints and Monitoring Group of SUHAKAM. Simon joined SUHAKAM in 2001, a year after the establishment of the Commission. He has served as the Head of Education Division and Head of Complaints Division of the Commission. He is actively involved in human rights education programmes designed by the Commission for various stakeholders. Simon has been also involved in the public inquiries into allegations of human rights violation conducted by SUHAKAM. Simon holds a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the National University of Malaysia
Inspector Larry John
Inspector Larry John is now with Alor Setar Prison. But he has known Malaysian CARE since his involvement with Sekolah Integriti Kajang. At this conference, he plans to dramatically show how hanging, whipping and other penalties are administered. Born in Kelantan, he has served with the Prisons Department for 7 years.
Testimony by Pang Kwang Shin
Kwang Shin was a drug addict for many years, going in and out of the prison, have suffered tremendous pain and even have had to beg for food in the streets. Today, by God’s grace, he is a changed man. He responded favourably in rehabilitation and now is completely free of drug addiction. The Lord has taken him to higher levels in his faith and in his journey towards recovery, leading the rehab center of more than 70 ex-convicts and drug addicts. An encounter with the Lord has transformed his life inside out. We give God the glory!