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Dewan Rakyat creates History Passing Constitution Amendment Bill through Bipartisanship

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat created history today by passing an amendment to the Federal Constitution with more than a two-thirds majority garnered through bipartisanship. All the 211 MPs present in the house voted for the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 that seeks to lower the voting age to 18. The Dewan Rakyat has 222 members. It would have only required 148 votes for the bill to have been passed. The bill secured the support of the 211 MPs after it went for bloc voting twice.

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Amendment to Constitution tabled in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 11 (Bernama) - The Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2019 was retabled for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat today, a day after it was withdrawn. It was tabled by the Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. Syed Saddiq said that the second and third reading of the bill would be made at the current Dewan R ...
Date: 11 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Amendments seek to curtail Power of President, Election Body

A Constitutional amendment bill submitted by the Tatmadaw (military) and Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) would reduce the authority of the president and election commission.
Date: 03 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

KPK bans Five People from traveling Abroad in Graft Case

Jakarta, May 21 (ANTARA) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has imposed an overseas travel ban on five people, due to their alleged roles in a corruption case related to the purchase of patrol ships at the Directorate General of Customs and Excise and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.
Date: 22 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Failure to amend Constitution will not obstruct Sabah from Claiming Rights

KOTA KINABALU, Apr 15 (Bernama) - The failure to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution will not prevent the government from continuing to pursue the rights of Sabah which have long been neglected, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. In this regard, he said the effort to claim and restore the rights of the state wou ...
Date: 15 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Amendment Bill fails to get Two-Thirds Majority Support

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 (Bernama) - The Constitutional Amendment Bill to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with the Federation of Malaya as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 failed to get the required two thirds majority support in the Dewan Rakyat today. It was shy of 10 votes to meet the threshold of 148 votes in t ...
Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Amendments to NSC Act will give Power to King to declare 'Security Zones'

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 (Bernama) - The proposed amendments to the National Security Act (NSC) tabled for the first reading at the Dewan Rakyat today seeks to give the Yang di-Pertuan Agong the power to declare any area in Malaysia as a ‘security zone’. Under the existing the NSC Act, this authority is given to the Prime Minister.  ...
Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New SOP on granting Citizenship to be announced soon

KOTA KINABALU, Apr 7 (Bernama) - The government will be announcing new standard operating procedure (SOP) on the process of granting citizenship especially to residents in this state as soon as a decision has been made on the matter.
Date: 07 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Clause to be amended to compel Government Buildings to obtain FC

CYBERJAYA, Apr 6 (Bernama) - A Clause in the Federal Constitution which refers to the exemption given to government buildings from having to obtain the Fire Certificate (FC) is expected to be amended in another two months to compel all government buildings to obtain the FC.
Date: 06 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Court strikes down "Double Presumptions" Provision for Drug Trafficking Conviction

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 5 (Bernama) - The Federal Court nine-man bench today struck down a provision under the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 (DDA) which allow the use of "double presumptions" to secure the conviction of an accused person charge for drug trafficking. In a landmark decision, the bench led by Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum declared sect ...
Date: 05 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bill of the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2019

This Bill seeks to amend the Federal Constitution.
Date: 06 April 2019; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: DR 7 of 2019; Source: Parliament

Proposal to lower Voting Age in next Parliament Meeting

SHAH ALAM, Apr 1 (Bernama) - A proposal to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age to from 21 years to 18 years will be brought up in the next Parliamentary meeting. Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said he would be tabling the proposal for debate in the next Parliamentary meeting.The Federal Constitution ...
Date: 01 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLD urged to allow Public Role in Charter Amendment

The public needs to take part in the National League for Democracy-led government’s effort to amend the constitution, social organisations said.
Date: 25 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Malaysia does not Recognize Dual Citizenship - Muhyiddin

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 21 (Bernama) - Malaysia does not recognise dual citizenship, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. In response to the report alleging that thousands of Thai nationals were having dual citizenship which allowed them to go in and out of Malaysia without restriction since the 1980s, Muhyiddin said such dual citizenship holde ...
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Anwar can refer Constitutional Questions over NSC to Federal Court

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed Port Dickson Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to refer constitutional questions on his challenge over the implementation of the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 to the Federal Court.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

King signs Article 45 Amendment paving way for Opposition Return

The change to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties has gone into effect after King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on the amendment on Sunday.

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KPK bans Five People from traveling Abroad in Graft Case

Jakarta, May 21 (ANTARA) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has imposed an overseas travel ban on five people, due to their alleged roles in a corruption case related to the purchase of patrol ships at the Dir ...

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Everyone must be Equal under the Law: Civil Code Drafters propose

Law drafters have proposed that all Lao people, in all regions of the country must be equal under the law, with gender equality included in this regard.

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Dewan Rakyat creates History Passing Constitution Amendment Bill through Bipartisanship

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat created history today by passing an amendment to the Federal Constitution with more than a two-thirds majority garnered through bipartisanship. All the 211 MPs prese ...

Amendment to Constitution tabled in Dewan Rakyat Failure to amend Constitution will not obstruct Sabah from Claiming Rights Constitutional Amendment Bill fails to get Two-Thirds Majority Support more

Amendments seek to curtail Power of President, Election Body

A Constitutional amendment bill submitted by the Tatmadaw (military) and Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) would reduce the authority of the president and election commission.

NLD urged to allow Public Role in Charter Amendment Amendment Committee starts Meetings at First Chapter of Constitution Parliament approves Charter Change Proposal despite Military Rejection more

House approves Draft Federal Charter on Second Reading

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 15, or the proposed federal charter.

House to prioritize Draft Federal Charter next Week: Arroyo Makati Judge lifts Travel Ban on Trillanes Baguio’s Anti-Profanity Rule may not pass Constitutional Test 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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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNT) - On efforts to push the Thai industrial sector into the 4.0 era, human resources must be capable of operating technology and automated systems, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Labour has established a human resources development center on automation and robots at the Institute for Skills Development 3, located in Chonburi.

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.

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Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.

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