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Appeals Court grants Custody of Children unilaterally converted to Islam to Buddhist Father

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 14 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal has given full custody of two children who were unilaterally converted to Islam to their Buddhist father. A three-man bench comprising Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim and Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan yesterday allowed the businessman's appeal to reverse the Shah Alam High Court’s decision which gave the custody of the children to their Muslim convert mother. Lawyer Honey Tan Lay Ean, who represented the father, said the appellate court held that there were merits in the appeal.

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The Speaker of Dewan Undangan Negeri of Sarawak “Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar” v Ting Tiong Choon and 3 Others, and 2 Other Appeals

Constitutional law – Disqualification of a member of the Legislative Assembly of State of Sarawak on the ground of acquiring Australian citizenship before his nomination as a candidate for election although the said citizenship was renounced – Whether the Legislative Assembly has jurisdiction to disqualify a sitting member under Arti ...

Date: 13 July 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 268; Source: Federal Court Registry

Cabinet OKs Amendment of Civil Procedure Code

BANGKOK, Sept 11 (NNT) - The Cabinet has given a green light to the draft Civil Procedure Code Amendment Act in the hope of reducing the number of cases in court. Following the weekly Cabinet meeting, Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkumnerd made known that approval has been granted in principle to the draft Civil Procedure Code Amen ...
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

No TRO vs Voided Trillanes' Amnesty: SC

MANILA, Sept 11 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the petition filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV seeking the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 572, which declared the amnesty granted to him as void ab initio.
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace to IBP: Air Side on Trillanes’ voided Amnesty in SC

MANILA, Sept 10 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday advised the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to question the legality of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s voided amnesty in the Supreme Court (SC) and not in the media.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Mutual Trust necessary in amending Constitution: Thura U Shwe Mann

National reconciliation in the most important element in ensuring progress in Myanmar’s democratic transition, Thura U Shwe Mann, chair of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Issues Assessment Commission, said on Friday.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Constitution silent on Amnesty Revocation: Sotto

MANILA, Sept 4 (PNA) - Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday the Constitution is silent on the process regarding the revocation of amnesty, amid claims from his fellow lawmakers that President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 should have the concurrence of Congress.
Date: 04 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BI gives Aussie Nun 30 Days to appeal Deportation Order

MANILA, Aug 30 (PNA) - An official of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said Australian nun Patricia Anne Fox has 30 days to file an appeal on the deportation order issued against her.
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Federal Court grants Final Adjournment in hearing over Stateless Children

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 30 (Bernama) - A Federal Court nine-man bench today granted a final adjournment of the hearing of the appeals of five cases involving Malaysian-born children over the granting of citizenship. Senior federal counsel Suzana Atan had informed the court that she was instructed by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to seek a postponement ...
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

A test of the Judiciary and Press Freedom in Myanmar

After more than eight months and 36 hearings, the verdict will be out soon in the trial of two Reuters journalists accused of possession of classified government documents.
Date: 24 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

No more Special Registration for Bangsamoro Plebiscite: Comelec

MANILA, Aug 23 (PNA) - There will no longer be a special registration for the plebiscite for the establishment of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BAR) as provided by the Bangsamoro Organic Law, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.
Date: 23 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Proposed Federal Charter now open to Feedback: Palace

MANILA, Aug 23 (PNA) - The proposed Federal Constitution drafted by the Consultative Committee (ConCom) to review the 1987 Constitution is now open for comments from the public, Malacañang said Thursday.
Date: 23 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BSP: Study Carefully Economic Provisions of Proposed Federalism

MANILA, Aug 17 (PNA) - Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr. supported calls for a more comprehensive study of the proposed federal constitution to ensure that recent economic gains are sustained, should the shift in the form of government happen.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

No Necessity for Amendment of Constitution to restore Agong's Powers

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The government will not amend the Federal Constitution in a bid to restore the mandatory requirement for the assent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to enable a bill to become law.
Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC issues Show Cause Order vs Same-Sex Marriage Petitioners

MANILA, Aug 7 (PNA) - Lawyer Jesus Nicardo Falcis III is facing another setback as the Supreme Court (SC) issued a show cause order against him and his colleagues for their failure to file a memorandum, in connection with their petition pushing for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

President revises National Action Plan for Human Rights

Jakarta, Apr 17 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed a presidential regulation amending presidential regulation number 75 of 2015 concerning national action plan for human rights for the 2015-2019 te ...

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Mutual Trust necessary in amending Constitution: Thura U Shwe Mann

National reconciliation in the most important element in ensuring progress in Myanmar’s democratic transition, Thura U Shwe Mann, chair of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Issues Assessment ...

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No TRO vs Voided Trillanes' Amnesty: SC

MANILA, Sept 11 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the petition filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV seeking the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No ...

Palace to IBP: Air Side on Trillanes’ voided Amnesty in SC Constitution silent on Amnesty Revocation: Sotto BI gives Aussie Nun 30 Days to appeal Deportation Order more

Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Responsibility of the Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry)) (Amendment) Notification 2018

This is to notify that from 1 April 2018, the Prime Minister amends the Schedule to the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Responsibility of the Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry)) Notifica ...

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Cabinet OKs Amendment of Civil Procedure Code

BANGKOK, Sept 11 (NNT) - The Cabinet has given a green light to the draft Civil Procedure Code Amendment Act in the hope of reducing the number of cases in court. Following the weekly Cabinet meeting, Government Spo ...

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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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