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Government to regulate e-Hailing Service effective July 12 - Loke

PUTRAJAYA, July 11 (Bernama) - Effective tomorrow, e-hailing service providers will be regulated by the government under the Land Public Transport (Amendment) Act 2017 and the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (Amendment) Act 2017. Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said starting tomorrow all e-hailing companies must register with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) as mediation business and would have to pay an annual fee of RM115, similar to taxi drivers.

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National Government to appeal SC Ruling on IRA: DBM Chief

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno on Wednesday said the national government will appeal a recent Supreme Court (SC) decision on Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

Thai Court rejects Trial of 14 Myanmar Workers

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
A Thai court dismissed the criminal defamation case brought against Myanmar migrant workers by Thammakaset Co Ltd on Wednesday. The employees were charged with defamation after accusing the company of committing serious labour rights violations since 2016.

State Assembly passes Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUCHING, July 12 (Bernama) - The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly today passed the Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with a majority voice vote after the third reading.
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No Rush to change Laws on Airbnb: Lawrence Wong

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong has said that new laws allowing Airbnb-style stays are unlikely to come any time soon, following the "mixed views" given in a recently-concluded public consultation.

Widow's Suit against SMRT and LTA settled

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A suit filed by a widow in High Court against SMRT Light Rail and the Land Transport Authority over her husband's death has been settled out of court by mutual agreement.

Senate won’t approve any move postponing 2019 polls

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - Senators Francis Escudero and Grace Poe on Thursday said the Senate would not approve any law that would seek to postpone the 2019 elections, stressing that such law would be unconstitutional.

PRRD to issue EO for ‘localized’ Peace Talks with NPA

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Dutere will issue an executive order for “localized” peace talks with the New People’s Army (NPA) if the peace talks between national government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) will not push through, Malacañang said on Thursday.

DOJ affirms junking of Rape Raps vs Vhong Navarro

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) affirmed its resolution, which earlier cleared TV host and actor Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro from rape charges filed by model Deniece Cornejo.

Judges Group endorses Marquez for SC Post

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Judges Association (PJA) expressed its support for the nomination of Court Administrator Midas Marquez as Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice.

Republic 'preserved' in non-amendable Consti Provisions: ConCom

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to draft a Federal Constitution on Wednesday defended a section in its proposal that states that the democratic and republican character of the government, its federal structure, its indissolubility and permanence “shall not be subject to amendments or revisions.”

Pakatan Harapan withdraws Application for Judicial Review against RoS

Date: 12 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) -The Pakatan Harapan today withdrew its application for a judicial review to seek a court order to compel the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to respond to its application for registration as a coalition.

Johor Royalty's Ex-Counsel freed by Court after paying Fine

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
JOHOR BAHRU, July 11 (Bernama) - The Johor royal family´s former legal counsel, Kamal Hisham Ja'afar was fined RM30,000 by the Sessions Court here today after he pleaded guilty to one charge under the Companies Act 1965.

SUHAKAM objects to Government’s Proposal to develop an SOP for Marriages involving Minors

Date: 06 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)
KUALA LUMPUR (6 JULY 2018) - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) will not support the government’s proposal as reported by the media, to develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to impose stricter guidelines to standardise screening processes for marriages involving minors, said SUHAKAM in a statement. This is because the SO ...

SUHAKAM finds Resignation of the Official over his Sexual Orientation troubling

Date: 10 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)
KUALA LUMPUR (10 JULY 2018) - The resignation of the interim press secretary of the Youth and Sports Minister following some public backlash over his sexual orientation and/or LGBT non-discrimination activism was extremely troubling, said the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) in a statement. SUHAKAM pointed out that Malaysia i ...

Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Determination of Maximum Retail Price for Petrol and Diesel) (No. 18) Order 2018

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 165 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette
This Order comes into operation on 12 July 2018.

Athleta (ITM) Inc v Bigfoot Internet Ventures Pte Ltd

Date: 02 July 2018; Court: IPO Singapore; Citation: [2018] SGIPOS 10; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Intellectual property - Trademark- Trademark registration

Transport Safety Investigations Bill

Date: 10 July 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 28/2018; Source: Singapore Statutes Online
This Bill seeks to provide for the investigation of transport occurrences and other matters affecting transport safety across different modes of travel and for related purposes and to make consequential and related amendments to certain other Acts.

Leap Modulation Sdn Bhd v PCP Construction Sdn Bhd and Another Appeal

Date: 03 July 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 203; Source: Federal Court Registry

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Adjudication – Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Adjudication – Whether an adjudicator excluded from considering defences not raised in the Payment Response but raised in the Adjudication Response under section 10 of the Constr ...

Date of Coming into Operation of the Land Public Transport (Amendment) Act 2017

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (B) 377 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette
The Minister appoints 12 July 2018 as the date on which the Act comes into operation.

Goh Jui Leang v Tay Sing Hwa

Date: 11 June 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 204; Source: Federal Court Registry

Purchase of house – Sum of RM 280,000 given by the plaintiff to the defendant (with whom he was in a romantic relationship) allegedly as a monetary gift to support the defendant in her purchase of a house – House purchased by and registered in the defendant’s name – Sale of house – Whether the defendant was entitled ...

Date of Coming into Operation of the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (Amendment) Act 2017

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (B) 378 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette
The Minister appoints 12 July 2018 as the date on which the Act comes into operation.

Damages received Count as Couple's Assets

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A District Judge has ruled that the compensation won by a man for the suffering and pain caused in an accident can be considered as a matrimonial asset, and that it can be divided between him and his wife in a divorce.

Government remains Firm not to allow Casino in Boracay

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday assured the public that the government will not allow construction of a casino in Boracay Island.

ConCom adds Ex-Officio Members in Transition to Federalism

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - The Transition Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House, and all living Presidents will be ex-officio members of the Transition Commission which will lead the possible shift to a federal system of government, the Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to draft a Federal Constitution said Wednesday.

DBM pushes Budget Reform Bill

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Wednesday they will strongly push for the passage of the Budget Reform Bill that seeks to modernize budgetary system in the country, in line with the goal to be one of the top 10 budget institutions in the world.

Myanma Insurance to cover 60 per cent of CGI-Backed Loans

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The Central Bank of Myanmar, in a notice released earlier this month, announced that state-owned Myanma Insurance, under a new Credit Guarantee Insurance (CGI) scheme for banks, will bear 60 percent of a loan in the event of a default.

MyCC proposes RM17.4 Mln Fine on Dagang Net

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) has proposed a penalty of RM17,397,695 against Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd (Dagang Net) for provisionally infringing Section 10(1) read with Section 10(2)(c) of the Competition Act 2010.

Women's Ministry to coordinate Discussions to raise Minimum Age of Marriage

Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, July 11 (Bernama) - The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry is spearheading efforts to coordinate discussions to increase the minimum age of marriage to 18 years, said political secretary to the Minister, Rodziah Ismail.
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Republic 'preserved' in non-amendable Consti Provisions: ConCom

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Consultative Committee (ConCom) tasked to draft a Federal Constitution on Wednesday defended a section in its proposal that states that the democratic and republican character of the governmen ...

SUHAKAM finds Resignation of the Official over his Sexual Orientation troubling ConCom adds Ex-Officio Members in Transition to Federalism House to propose Amendments to Charter sans Senate more

Johor Royalty's Ex-Counsel freed by Court after paying Fine

JOHOR BAHRU, July 11 (Bernama) - The Johor royal family´s former legal counsel, Kamal Hisham Ja'afar was fined RM30,000 by the Sessions Court here today after he pleaded guilty to one charge under the Companies Act ...

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DOJ affirms junking of Rape Raps vs Vhong Navarro

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) affirmed its resolution, which earlier cleared TV host and actor Ferdinand “Vhong” Navarro from rape charges filed by model Deniece Cornejo.

Duterte signs Law banning all forms of hazing Two Thai Nationals get Jail for keeping Snares, Protected Wildlife Jamal fined RM400 for smashing Bottles of Beer outside Selangor Secretariat Building more

No Need for New Law to rid Streets of loiterers: PRRD

MANILA, July 8 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Saturday defended anew his anti-tambay (loiterer) drive stressing that there is no need for a law to order the clearing of the streets.

Junz calls for Total Ban on Sand Mining and Dredging in Keningau Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2018 Government considers banning e-Waste Import more

SUHAKAM objects to Government’s Proposal to develop an SOP for Marriages involving Minors

KUALA LUMPUR (6 JULY 2018) - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) will not support the government’s proposal as reported by the media, to develop a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to impose stricter ...

Damages received Count as Couple's Assets Women's Ministry to coordinate Discussions to raise Minimum Age of Marriage Underaged Marriages in Selangor must have Syariah Judge's consent - MAIS more

Majlis Peguam v Cecil Wilbert Mohanaraj Abraham

Professional liability – Legal profession – Disciplinary proceedings against the respondent advocate and solicitor – Complaint dismissed by the Disciplinary Board pursuant to section 103D of the Lega ...

Supreme Court disbars Lawyer for Fake Court Decision Surgeon suspended over 'Professional Misconduct' In Re: Decision dated September 26, 2012 in OMB-M-A-10-023-A etc against Atty Robelito B Diuyan more

No Rush to change Laws on Airbnb: Lawrence Wong

The Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong has said that new laws allowing Airbnb-style stays are unlikely to come any time soon, following the "mixed views" given in a recently-concluded public consul ...

State Assembly passes Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2018 Land Code amended to address Sarawak Native Land Issue - Uggah Land Use Master plan gets NA Approval more

Widow's Suit against SMRT and LTA settled

A suit filed by a widow in High Court against SMRT Light Rail and the Land Transport Authority over her husband's death has been settled out of court by mutual agreement.

Senate won’t approve any move postponing 2019 polls PRRD to issue EO for ‘localized’ Peace Talks with NPA Judges Group endorses Marquez for SC Post more

President Jokowi to familiarize Public with PPPh Policy for MSMEs

Jakarta, July 12 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will disseminate information on a policy in which the Final Income Tax (PPh) for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is set at 0.5 percent during the 71st N ...

Indonesia signs Four Oil, Gas Contracts under Gross Split Scheme Indonesia promotes Strategic Industries in Central, South America Indonesia needs to prioritize Security of Personal Data: Expert more

Propose Law to promote Public Private Partnerships, NA instructs

The National Assembly (NA) has told the government to formulate legislation to manage and attract more investment in the form of public-private partnerships (PPP), and Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) projects to drive devel ...

Land Use Master plan gets NA Approval Illegal Vehicle import Crackdown ordered as Tax Avoidance raises Ire NA debate Amendment to Law on Social Security more

New Chief Justice proposes Panel of Nine Judges in Constitutional Cases

PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) - The new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, has proposed that court cases involving constitutional issues be heard by a panel of nine judges of the Federal Court including the top four ...

Government to follow Rule of Law in Zakir Naik's Case - Gobind Singh New Chief Justice proposes Balloting Selection of Federal Court Judges Panel Pakatan Harapan withdraws Application for Judicial Review against RoS more

Myanma Insurance to cover 60 per cent of CGI-Backed Loans

The Central Bank of Myanmar, in a notice released earlier this month, announced that state-owned Myanma Insurance, under a new Credit Guarantee Insurance (CGI) scheme for banks, will bear 60 percent of a loan in the even ...

Withholding Tax Exemption necessary, but raises Concerns Late by-Law may delay Municipal Election Government to issue New Licenses for Commercial Vehicles more

Senate won’t approve any move postponing 2019 polls

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - Senators Francis Escudero and Grace Poe on Thursday said the Senate would not approve any law that would seek to postpone the 2019 elections, stressing that such law would be unconstitutional.

PRRD to issue EO for ‘localized’ Peace Talks with NPA DOJ affirms junking of Rape Raps vs Vhong Navarro Comelec Lawyers to handle Poll Body’s Defense in VP Recount Case more

No Rush to change Laws on Airbnb: Lawrence Wong

The Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong has said that new laws allowing Airbnb-style stays are unlikely to come any time soon, following the "mixed views" given in a recently-concluded public consul ...

Widow's Suit against SMRT and LTA settled Legal 'Stalwart' Senior Counsel Jeffrey Chan retires after 45 Years Athleta (ITM) Inc v Bigfoot Internet Ventures Pte Ltd more

350 Major Firms to act as Mentors for SMEs under DIP's Campaign

BANGKOK, 11 July 2018 (NNT) - Some 350 major firms have agreed to perform as mentors for Thai SMEs under the Department of Industrial Promotion's (DIP) campaign and to introduce some 20,000 SMEs in international markets.

Thai Court rejects Trial of 14 Myanmar Workers Thai Court to rule in Defamation Trial of 14 Myanmar Workers Cabinet OKs Bill on Taxation of Property near Infrastructure Projects more
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Legal 'Stalwart' Senior Counsel Jeffrey Chan retires after 45 Years

Jeffrey Chan, the longest-serving legal service officer have retired as a principal senior consultant at the Attorney-General's Chambers last week after completing 45 years of service.

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350 Major Firms to act as Mentors for SMEs under DIP's Campaign

BANGKOK, 11 July 2018 (NNT) - Some 350 major firms have agreed to perform as mentors for Thai SMEs under the Department of Industrial Promotion's (DIP) campaign and to introduce some 20,000 SMEs in international markets.

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Comelec Lawyers to handle Poll Body’s Defense in VP Recount Case

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The law department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will take charge of the poll body's defense in the ongoing electoral protest case for the May 2016 vice presidential race at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

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Judges Group endorses Marquez for SC Post

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Judges Association (PJA) expressed its support for the nomination of Court Administrator Midas Marquez as Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice.

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SEC sets up Online Kiosks for Business Registration

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday announced the availability of on-line kiosks that allow faster and trouble-free registration of new corporations, partnerships and associations, to enhance ease of doing business in the country.

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President Jokowi to familiarize Public with PPPh Policy for MSMEs

Jakarta, July 12 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will disseminate information on a policy in which the Final Income Tax (PPh) for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is set at 0.5 percent during the 71st National Cooperatives Day 2018.

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New Chief Justice proposes Panel of Nine Judges in Constitutional Cases

PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) - The new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, has proposed that court cases involving constitutional issues be heard by a panel of nine judges of the Federal Court including the top four judges.

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Government to follow Rule of Law in Zakir Naik's Case - Gobind Singh

SHAH ALAM, July 12 (Bernama) - The government will act accordingly and by always applying the 'follow the rule of law' policy in any case and not only with regard to the controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

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New Chief Justice proposes Balloting Selection of Federal Court Judges Panel

PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) - The new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, has proposed selection by balloting of the panel of Federal Court judges to hear cases in the Federal Court.

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ASEAN should relook Policies in Transformative Digital Economy

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) - ASEAN needs to relook at its various policy initiatives, including trade and investment policies, in response to the transformative digital economy, said CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI).

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Bank Negara Malaysia maintains OPR at 3.25 per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has maintained the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) at 3.25 per cent after the two-day Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting which ended today.

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Richard Malanjum is the new Chief Justice

Richard Malanjum is the new Chief Justice

Kuala Lumpur, 11 July 2018 (Asean LIP News): Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum has sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia. He replaces Tun Md Raus Sharif as the top judge of Malaysia. Richard Malanjum was the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak. He was elevated to the Federal Court in June 2005 and was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak in 2006.

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Pioneer Batch of 24 Lawyers receive Professional Certification in Building and Construction Law

24 lawyers have received professional certification in building and construction law from the Singapore Academy of Law under the ' Specialist Accreditation Scheme'.

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DOLE warns PLDT: Regularize 7K Workers or face Sanctions

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warned anew telecommunications firm Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to comply with its order on the regularization of more than 7,000 workers from its contractors.

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Four New DOJ Officials named

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday confirmed that Malacañang has appointed three new undersecretaries and one assistant secretary to the agency.

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House receives ConCom's Draft Federal Charter

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday formally received the draft federal constitution prepared by the 22-member Consultative Committee (ConCom) on Charter Change.

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Indonesia promotes Strategic Industries in Central, South America

Jakarta, July 10 (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promoted Indonesia's strategic industry in Central and South American countries to encourage penetration into non-traditional markets.

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Thai Court to rule in Defamation Trial of 14 Myanmar Workers

A court in Bangkok is to rule today on 14 Myanmar migrant workers who have been charged with defaming their employer after accusing the company of serious labour rights violations.

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