I know that public Torah reading needs to be read from a parchment. I saw some source stating that, ideally haftarah should also be read from parchment. However, I see numerous congregations allow reading it from a Chumash or designated haftarah book. These are in Hebrew.
Several months ago, a Bar Mitzvah boy in my shul recited the haftarah. He had trouble reading Hebrew, so someone gave him a transliterated version of his haftarah, and he read from it. Is this technique permissible? If not, why not?