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Employers to bear Full Levy Payment for Foreign Workers

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 25 (Bernama) - The government has decided to retain the previous levy payment structure for foreign workers, with employers bearing the full cost. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the decision was made following complaints from foreign workers and trade unions which, according to a report in a Chinese-language newspaper today, said they could not afford to pay their share of the levy. Yesterday, Lim had said the government agreed to let employers pay only 20 per cent of the annual RM10,000 levy for each foreign worker, while the foreign workers themselves would bear the remaining 80 per cent.

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Government insists on Continuation of Special Law in Southern Border Region

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Sept 26 (NNT) - The government has insisted that use of the special law remains necessary in the southern border region.

Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as Urgent

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has certified the passage of the security of tenure bill as urgent, in efforts to fulfill his campaign promise of banning labor-only contracting in the country.

Two Men with PR Status fined for harbouring Illegal Immigrants

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
TELUK INTAN, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Two Indonesian men with permanent resident (PR) status were fined RM60,000 in default six months’ jail each by the Special Court for illegal immigrants here today for harbouring 12 illegal immigrants.
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Revised Corporate Governance Code principle-based

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Revised Code for Corporate Governance issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for companies listed on the Singapore Exchange will apply to annual reports issued for financial years commencing Jan 1, 2019.

Duterte strengthens MARINA to comply with International Convention

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) further strengthening the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to ensure the country’s strict and full compliance with the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

SC stresses Balance of Workers, Employers Rights

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated balancing workers' rights with the rights of employers to exercise management prerogatives in dealing with their companies’ affairs, including their right to dismiss erring employees.

PRRD issues Order removing Non-tariff Barriers for Agri Products

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an administrative order removing non-tariff barriers and streamlining administrative procedures on the importation of basic agricultural commodities.

Makati Court orders Trillanes’ Arrest

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 has issued an alias warrant of arrest and hold departure order (HDO) against Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in connection with his rebellion case.

Teachers not exempted from Eight-Hour Workday

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Public school teachers are not exempted from the eight-hour workday, the Department of Education (DepEd) said on Tuesday.

SC refers Financial Advisors' Compensation Row Case for Arbitration

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has referred for arbitration a collection suit between local and global financial advisers over payment for services rendered in the liquidation of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC)'s PHP40-billion Unified Home Lending Program (UHLP) portfolio 16 years ago.

House Panel okays Report junking Impeach Rap vs SC Justices

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives' justice committee on Tuesday unanimously approved its report on the dismissal of the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Teresita de Castro and six associate justices.

PDEA backs Senate Resolution allowing K9 findings as Evidence in Drug Cases

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has expressed support for Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao's proposed resolution seeking to allow the findings of K9s and swabbing of drug samples as admissible evidence in court.

CA stops Auction, Sale of Banco Filipino

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals has stopped the auction and transfer of properties of the defunct Banco Filipino Savings and Mortgage Bank (Banco Filipino).

Senate passes Bill giving Coco Farmers more seats in PCA Board

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Voting 18-0, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure, seeking to reconstitute the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Board to give greater representation to coconut farmers in the agency tasked to manage the PHP105-billion coconut levy funds.

Book Imports, Purchases to remain Tax-Exempt: DOF

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Department of Finance (DOF) has assured the public on Tuesday that the purchase and importation of books will remain tax exempt under the second tax reform package of the Duterte administration.

'Abang Is' fined RM16,000 for Unlawful Possession of Foreign Passports

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
SEPANG, Sept 25 (Bernama) - A businessman known as ‘Abang Is’ among foreign workers was fined RM16,000 by the Sessions Court here today after he pleaded guilty to two counts of holding 269 passports without lawful authority.

Company fined RM150,000 for selling Subsidized Fertiliser illegally

Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
MUAR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - A Sessions Court today fined a company RM150,000 for selling government subsidised fertiliser without a valid wholesale licence between March and May.

Ban on Sale of Sri Saga Juice Products

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 (Bernama) - The Health Ministry has ordered an immediate ban on the sale of Al Sunnah Juice, Al Sunnah Gold Juice and Penawar Juice marketed by Sri Saga Marketing S/B company as the products could be detrimental to health.

Committee approves SGMA's Bill on Shark Conservation

Date: 23 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House Committee on Natural Resources chaired by Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (2nd District, Cebu City) approved House Bill 7912, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to regulate the catching, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, importation, and exportation of all sharks, rays, chimaera ...

MAS outlines Enforcement Approach to deter, detect and investigate Breaches of Rules and Regulations

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore
Singapore, Sept 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an Enforcement monograph to provide greater clarity and transparency into how MAS deters, detects, investigates and takes action against breaches of the rules and regulations it administers. The monograph outlines how MAS’ Enforcement Department works together with t ...

'Kept Man' must still pay Ex-wife, Judge rules

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A Family Court judge dismissed a kept man's bid to discontinue maintenance payouts to his ex-wife despite his claims that he had no income and lived off a wealthy long-term partner who will dump him on the streets if she tires of him someday.

Sibutramine Users to face Jail Terms under Amended Rules

Date: 23 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Sept 23 (NNT) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Sibutramine, a substance found in some weight-loss products and food supplements, has been reclassified as a Schedule 1 psychotropic substance, with the heaviest penalties for not only producers and sellers but also users.

Amended Law needed for 'Voter Registration Anywhere System': Comelec

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Sept 24 (PNA) - There is a need to amend Republic Act No. 8189 in order to allow the conduct of a “register anywhere” system, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday.

Malaysia may implement VEP by year end - RTD

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PONTIAN, Sept 24 (Bernama) - The Road Transport Department (RTD) expects the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) on all foreign vehicles entering the country through the Johor Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, to be implemented at the end of this year.

Mat Rempit jailed for Five Days, fine RM5,000

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 24 (Bernama) - A 'mat rempit' was sentenced to five days' jail and fined RM5,000 by the Magistrate's Court here yesterday after pleading guilty to riding a motorcycle in a recekless manner, jeopardising other road users last month.

Prisons Personnel jailed for Corruption

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KOTA BHARU, Sept 24 (Bernama) - Two Prisons Department personnel were sentenced to jail and fined RM15,000 each by the Sessions Court here today after they were found guilty of corruption.

Nigerian Man fined for smoking in Court Compound

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 (Bernama) - A Nigerian businessman was slapped with a RM500 fine by the Magistrate’s Court here today for smoking in the compound of the Jalan Duta Court Complex, which is a restricted area.

Court throws out Application on Issues over Appointment of Judges

Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 24 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today dismissed an application by the Malaysian Bar and the Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) to refer four constitutional questions over the legality of the appointment of former Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif and former Court of Appeal President Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin as additional ju ...
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Ban on Sale of Sri Saga Juice Products

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 (Bernama) - The Health Ministry has ordered an immediate ban on the sale of Al Sunnah Juice, Al Sunnah Gold Juice and Penawar Juice marketed by Sri Saga Marketing S/B company as the products could b ...

Government bans MLM Firms Super Group Ltd v Mysore Nagaraja Kartik Forest Fibers Inc v K K Asia Environmental Pte Ltd and Another, and Another suit more

Revised Corporate Governance Code principle-based

The Revised Code for Corporate Governance issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for companies listed on the Singapore Exchange will apply to annual reports issued for financial years commencin ...

Court orders winding-up of Stratech, appoints Liquidators from BDO Cheo Ming Shen v Tiah Ewe Tiam Justice Ministry holds Meeting on Reform of Asian Bankruptcy Laws more

Sibutramine Users to face Jail Terms under Amended Rules

BANGKOK, Sept 23 (NNT) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Sibutramine, a substance found in some weight-loss products and food supplements, has been reclassified as a Schedule 1 psychotropic subs ...

Mat Rempit jailed for Five Days, fine RM5,000 Legalized Medicinal Cannabis Proposals SC affirms Imelda Marcos' Acquittal in Dollar Salting Case more

SC stresses Balance of Workers, Employers Rights

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has reiterated balancing workers' rights with the rights of employers to exercise management prerogatives in dealing with their companies’ affairs, including their rig ...

Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as Urgent Teachers not exempted from Eight-Hour Workday Employers to bear Full Levy Payment for Foreign Workers more

Committee approves SGMA's Bill on Shark Conservation

The House Committee on Natural Resources chaired by Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa (2nd District, Cebu City) approved House Bill 7912, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seek ...

Straws Ban for Traders and Food Outlet Operators - Federal Territories Ministry House to push for Open-Pit Mining Ban SAP Go backs Law allowing forced evacuation to achieve Zero Casualty more

'Kept Man' must still pay Ex-wife, Judge rules

A Family Court judge dismissed a kept man's bid to discontinue maintenance payouts to his ex-wife despite his claims that he had no income and lived off a wealthy long-term partner who will dump him on the streets if she ...

House ratifies Report on Expanded Mom, Child Health Care Bill Selangor passes Bill to raise Minimum Muslim Marriage Age to 18 From Oct 1, Muslim Marriage Preparation Course a must if either Party is a Minor more

Duterte strengthens MARINA to comply with International Convention

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) further strengthening the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to ensure the country’s strict and full compliance with the 1978 I ...

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PDEA backs Senate Resolution allowing K9 findings as Evidence in Drug Cases

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has expressed support for Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao's proposed resolution seeking to allow the findings of K9s and swabbing of drug samples as admissi ...

Native Courts System still relevant - Chief Justice NTUC Foodfare Co-operative Ltd v SIA Engineering Co Ltd and Another Chief Justice orders to hike Local Court Judges' Salary more

Book Imports, Purchases to remain Tax-Exempt: DOF

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Department of Finance (DOF) has assured the public on Tuesday that the purchase and importation of books will remain tax exempt under the second tax reform package of the Duterte administratio ...

50 per cent Cigarette Excise must be for Health Services: President Cabinet approves VAT Refund for Welfare Card Holders Guide on Sales Tax Rates for Various Goods more

Tech Giants may be compelled by Law to act

Technology companies may have to come under laws compelling them to act against false information online, with the Government accepting in principle recommendations by the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods ...

Court rejects use of WhatsApp Messages in CPF Claim Court orders Protection for DTAC Users under 850MHz Network Senate rejects Anti-fake News (Abolition) Bill 2018 more

Widodo signs Regulation on Safety, Security of President-Vice Presidential Candidates

Jakarta, Sept 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo has signed a Presidential Regulation (Perpres) Number 85 of 2018 concerning the safety and security of prospective presidential and vice-presidential candidates in t ...

Government does not operate Online Taxi Application: Transportation Ministry Indonesia, Ireland agree to further intensify Cooperation Indonesia promotes IAEA's Nuclear Program for Peaceful Purposes more

Taxes, Fees temporarily cut in Governments Flood Recovery Plan

The government has agreed to cut various taxes and fees in flood-stricken areas in order to promote greater production during the coming dry-season to compensate damage by this year’s devastating floods.

Central Bank Governor gets New Legal Backing Commerce Ministry postpones New Business Registration System Automated Payment of Land Tax to start Next Year more

Fundamental Freedoms must be aligned with International Standards - Dewan Rakyat Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Parliamentarians have to ensure that the Federal Constitution and laws relating to freedom of expression, access to information and press freedom are in line with international human rig ...

'Abang Is' fined RM16,000 for Unlawful Possession of Foreign Passports Employers to bear Full Levy Payment for Foreign Workers Company fined RM150,000 for selling Subsidized Fertiliser illegally more

Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.

Workplace Dialogue Key to prevent Disputes Government bans MLM Firms Renewable Energy Law in the Works to speed up Development more

Duterte strengthens MARINA to comply with International Convention

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) further strengthening the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to ensure the country’s strict and full compliance with the 1978 I ...

SC stresses Balance of Workers, Employers Rights PRRD issues Order removing Non-tariff Barriers for Agri Products Makati Court orders Trillanes’ Arrest more
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Indonesia hands over Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee to Thailand

Jakarta, Sept 25 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for the period of January-June 2018 to ACK Chairman of the next period, Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait, Dusit Manapan, on Sept 19.

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NLA receives Support from Labor Groups for Enactment of New Labor Protection Law

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (NNT) - Representatives of various labor groups have expressed support for the National Legislative Assembly’s enactment of a new version of the Labor Protection Act.

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House holds Marathon Budget Deliberations to meet October Deadline

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is holding marathon deliberations - even extending the plenary session until the wee hours - on the proposed PHP3.757-trillion 2019 national budget to meet its approval deadline by October 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Tuesday.

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DOJ awaits BI Comments, Records on Fox Deportation Case

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to file a formal comment on the petition for review of the government's deportation order against Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox.

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IPOPHL to roll out Green Lane for Trademark Applications

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to roll out a ‘green lane’ for trademark applications that will slash the average processing time for registration, which currently takes about eight months to be approved.

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BSP warns Public against Frauds, Scams

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday warned the public against frauds and scams, in the wake of the fast approaching holiday season.

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Corporate Income Tax cuts won't lead to Job Losses

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said the removal of certain incentives under the proposed tax reform measure will not result in job losses.

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Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.

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Fundamental Freedoms must be aligned with International Standards - Dewan Rakyat Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Parliamentarians have to ensure that the Federal Constitution and laws relating to freedom of expression, access to information and press freedom are in line with international human right standards, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

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SME Mart to assist Entrepreneurs Market Products Overseas

SHAH ALAM, Sept 24 (Bernama) - SME Mart, an initiative introduced by Dewan Ekonomi Usahawan Malaysia (DEUM) will serve as a platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to sell their products on both the local and international market.

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SGX proposes New “trade at close” Session for Securities Market

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on the proposed introduction of a new trading session for the securities market, the “trade at close” (TAC), which will take place after the closing auction routine ends.

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PHL Officials to brief UK Investors on Opportunities in Infra, Other Sectors

A Duterte Cabinet delegation led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will embark on a three-day mission to London this week to brief British investors on the vast business opportunities in the country’s infrastructure, energy and tourism sectors and explore ways to expand economic cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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DOF thanks House for Final OK of Corporate Tax Reform Bill

The Department of Finance (DOF) has thanked the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading the bill seeking to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and correct the convoluted incentives system for businesses, as it expressed optimism that the Senate would pass a similar measure soon enough to enable the people to reap the benefits of a fair, transparent and accountable tax system in the form of more investments and jobs.

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PH Ambassador to Bahrain participates in a Roundtable on International Labor Standards

MANAMA, Sept 24 - Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver participated in a roundtable discussion on various International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conventions on foreign workers with the ILO Direct Contact Mission to Bahrain on 18 September 2018.

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HK Business Seminar puts Spotlight on Investment Opportunities in PH

HONG KONG, Sept 24  - Top-level government officials reassured potential investors in Hong Kong that the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is working “non-stop” to ensure that the necessary policies, fiscal measures and legal framework relating to ease of doing business and investments are in place.

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MAS outlines Enforcement Approach to deter, detect and investigate Breaches of Rules and Regulations

Singapore, Sept 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an Enforcement monograph to provide greater clarity and transparency into how MAS deters, detects, investigates and takes action against breaches of the rules and regulations it administers. The monograph outlines how MAS’ Enforcement Department works together with the other financial sector oversight functions in MAS to uphold Singapore’s reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre.

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International Maritime Community re-affirms Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, attended the 11th Co-operation Forum this morning, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

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Chartered Accountant and Lawyer among those who joined Scheme as Proxy Decision-Makers

Lawyer Haryadi Hadi, 35, decided to be a professional deputy as he has wealthy clients who are single, childless or have strained ties with their loved ones and they cannot find anyone to be their proxy decision-makers should they become mentally incapacitated.

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