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CPOPC to meet EU Leaders to oppose Delegated Act

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 (Bernama) - The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) has embarked on a mission to Brussels, Belgium to engage in dialogues with European Union (EU) leaders to challenge the EU’s Delegated Act, which classifies palm oil as unsustainable due to “high-risk” indirect land use change (ILUC). In a sta ...
Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Malaysia, Singapore mutually suspend Implementation of overlapping Port Limits

SINGAPORE, Apr 8 (Bernama) - Malaysia and Singapore today mutually suspended the implementation of their overlapping port limits and applied their port limits in effect prior to Oct 25, 2018, and Dec 6, 2018, respectively.
Date: 08 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Malaysia-Singapore Bilateral Disputes not seen affecting ASEAN Integration

SINGAPORE, Apr 2 (Bernama) - The on-going bilateral disputes between Malaysia and Singapore, the two main economies within Asean, will not slow down the overall integration of the grouping, said Tan Sri Dr Mohd Munir Abdul Majid.
Date: 02 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Indonesia,Thailand enjoy Increased Trade under LCS Framework

Jakarta, Mar 26 (ANTARA) - Indonesia's direct bilateral trade with Thailand, under the local currency settlement framework, reached Rp121 billion during the period from January to February, a fourfold increase compared to Rp30 billion during the same period in 2018.
Date: 25 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Thailand to host 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI, Mar 22 (NNT) - The Finance Ministry will host the 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM) under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.”
Date: 22 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

ASEAN Secretariat, ASEANSAI and AIPA Joint Seminar promotes Accountability

Jakarta, Feb 26 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla opened the first seminar, Jakarta, Tuesday morning, organized by ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC), ASEAN Supreme Audit Institutions (ASEANSAI), and ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), for promoting accountability and transparency in the bloc.
Date: 26 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Lao, Vietnamese Presidents agree to further strengthen Ties

Laos and Vietnam have agreed to further their great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation with the signing of nine cooperation agreements.
Date: 24 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stab ...
Date: 15 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

ASEAN Secretariat calls for Nominations for ASEAN Prize 2019

Jakarta(ANTARA News) - Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat calls for nominations for the prestigious regional award ASEAN Prize 2019 acknowledging an individual`s or organization`s inspiring and outstanding achievements in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting ASEAN spirit, and championing ASEAN way.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

ASEAN NCAP labelling Guideline Compliance to become Compulsory from March 2020

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 (Bernama) - Starting March 1 next year, automotive companies selling motor vehicles in Malaysia will be compelled to comply with the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP) Labelling Guideline.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Facebook bans Electoral Ads before Thai Election

Hanoi, Jan 31 (VNA) - Facebook said on January 31 that it will block foreign electoral ads in Thailand in the run-up to the country’s election scheduled on March 24.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Thailand to push RCEP Deal

THAILAND, Jan 31 - as Asean chair, will push for conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations by the year-end in order to counterbalance the negative impacts of the US-China trade war.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Laos, Thailand seeks Ways to improve Land Management

Representatives of the Lao and Thai governments are meeting in Vientiane to discuss land management with the aim of strengthening the regulations and preventing the misuse of land in Laos.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Vietnam, Singapore step up Criminal Justice Assistance

Hanoi, Jan 22 (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has asked the Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam and Singapore’s Office of Attorney-General to step up coordination in criminal justice assistance and criminal asset recovery.
Date: 22 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

ASEAN Meet rocks No Boats on Rakhine, South China Sea

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday hewed to the group’s practice of reaching the least provocative consensus possible in discussions of such divisive issues as Myanmar’s Rakhine crisis and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Date: 21 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

"ASSIST" Platform extended to address ASEAN Trade Issues

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 (Bernama) - ASEAN Solutions for Investment, Services and Trade (ASSIST), a platform for ASEAN-based firms to lodge complaints or to connect with governments in the region, will be extended to cover issues in trade services and trade-related investment measures in mid-2019 and 2020, respectively.
Date: 08 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Malaysia, Singapore to discuss Airspace, Maritime Dispute on January 8

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 4 (Bernama) - The Malaysian and Singapore Foreign Ministers will meet in Singapore on Jan 8 to discuss issues arising between the two countries, including airspace and maritime boundaries.
Date: 04 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Laos, Vietnam agree to strengthen

Laos and Vietnam have agreed to stronger cooperation in a wide range of fields, including human resource development, trade, and investment.
Date: 06 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

ASEAN Chair 2020 - Responsibility and Opportunity for Vietnam

Hanoi, Dec 25 (VNA) - The recent establishment of the National ASEAN 2020 Committee is one of the initial steps that Vietnam has taken for months to prepare for the task of the ASEAN Chair in 2020, said Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung.
Date: 25 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Laos, Vietnam review Strategic Cooperation to further Bilateral Ties

Laos and Vietnam are working to increase two-way trade, which is closely linked to the progress of the Vung Ang seaport project in Vietnam’s central Ha Tinh province and the Nong Khang airport project in Huaphan province in northern Laos.
Date: 21 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

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SC, DOJ Buildings declared Safe

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Work resumed at the Supreme Court (SC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday, after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that shook parts of Luzon including Metro Manila last Monday.

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SC asked to allow Poll Watchers to take Photos

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - Various individuals and groups asked the Supreme Court (SC) to lift the ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on digital photo taking by watchers of candidates in the May 13 mid-term polls.

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Makati Court hears Drug Case vs Ex-NBI Exec

MANILA, Apr 24 (PNA) - A prosecution witness positively identified the former acting regional director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Central Mindanao as the owner of a 1,000-square meter lot in Virac, Catanduanes, where a shabu laboratory was uncovered three years ago.

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Mobile Application on Labour Market Information Launched

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Information on Malaysia's labour market is now available at the fingertips with the launch of a new mobile application, Labour Market Information Gateway or LMI Gateway today.

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Former Lawyer Pleads not Guilty to CBT Over Client's House Sale Proceeds

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of criminal breach of trust amounting to RM338,000 which was the proceeds from the sale of a house belonging to his client three years ago.

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Manila Court orders Arrest of Acierto, Seven Others

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - A Manila court has ordered the arrest of former police official Eduardo Acierto and seven others implicated in the smuggling of shabu shipments inside magnetic lifters last year.

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SC orders Inspection of Court Houses in Quake-Affected Areas

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday ordered an inspection of all court houses in areas affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on Monday afternoon.

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Cybersecurity Challenge should be viewed as an Opportunity - Gobind

CYBERJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A national innovation ecosystem needs to be developed to transform cybersecurity challenges towards forming new opportunities, ideas and solutions, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today.

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Malaysia signs ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Malaysia has signed the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).

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Former Lawyer charged with Criminal Breach of Trust

SEREMBAN, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving RM198,592.50, nine years ago.

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PCC seeks Own Probe on Luzon Power Outages

MANILA, Apr 22 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will investigate allegations of collusion or abuse of dominance among energy companies that led to the recent series of power outages in Luzon.

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Right to Freedom of Religion guaranteed under Federal Constitution

KOTA BELUD, Apr 21 (Bernama) - The right to freedom of religion of every Malaysian is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, said Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.

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Sabah and Sarawak High Court Registrar's Office to move to Kota Kinabalu

SANDAKAN, Apr 21 (Bernama) -- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today confirmed that the Office of the Registrar of the Sabah and Sarawak High Court will be relocated from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.

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Government awaits Approval from Malay Rulers on New Chief Justice - Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Apri 19 (Bernama) - The government is awaiting approval from the Malay Rulers for the appointment of a new Chief Justice, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

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Double Pay for Workers on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Workers who will report to work on April 18 and 19 will receive twice their regular daily wages as both days have been declared regular holidays, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday.

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Palace suspends Government Work for Holy Week Exodus

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Malacañang suspended work on Wednesday (April 17), 12 noon onwards, to allow government employees to travel to their respective regions in time for the observance of Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Good Friday (April 19).

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JBC asks Applicant to comment on Gadon Opposition

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has asked an applicant for a vacancy in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to comment on an opposition to her appointment filed last month by senatorial candidate and lawyer, Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.

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PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the acquisition of the majority stake in PHINMA Energy by Ayala Corporation’s power branch, AC Energy.

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