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ICERD: Government gives Assurance over Article 153

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The government today gave the assurance that it will not abolish Article 153 of the Federal Constitution if it ratifies the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy gave the assurance in the Dewan Rakyat when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Azalina Othman (BN-Pengerang) who wanted to know the government stand on the matter.

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Need to address, curb questioning of Constitution - Sultan Sharafuddin

SHAH ALAM, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The act of a certain group in questioning the sanctity of Islam, the special rights of the Malays and Bumiputeras, the national language, and the function and position of the Malay Rulers enshrined in the Federal Constitution need to be immediately addressed and curbed.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Cabinet decided Death Penalty for 32 Offences be ended - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The Cabinet has decided that the death penalty for 32 offences under eight acts of law be abolished, and this includes Section 302 of the Penal Code (murder), said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong. He said the decision, which was reached collectively, also encompassed the F ...
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Baguio’s Anti-Profanity Rule may not pass Constitutional Test

MANILA, Nov 8 (PNA) - Ordinances that curtail freedom of expression or speech, such as the anti-profanity ordinance in some areas in Baguio City, may not pass the constitutional test when it is raised before the courts, Malacañang said on Thursday.
Date: 08 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Pua allowed to appeal on whether PM is Public Officer

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 5 (Bernama) - The Federal Court will hear and decide on the issue, whether the Prime Minister (PM) is a public officer or not. This follows the decision of a three-man bench to give the nod to Damansara Member of Parliament, Tony Pua Kiam Wee to appeal over his tort of misfeasance lawsuit against former prime minister, Datuk Ser ...
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Court decides Three Judges of Previous Panel to deliver Verdict in "Bin Abdullah"

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The remaining three judges from the earlier Federal Court five-man bench will deliver its verdict on whether a Muslim child conceived out of wedlock could bear his or her father's surname, instead of "Abdullah". Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, chairing a seven-man bench, decided not to rehear the appeal to ...
Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Attorney-General v Wham Kwok Han Jolovan and Another Matter

Constitutional Law - Fundamental liberties - Freedom of speech; Contempt of Court - Scandalising the court

Date: 09 October 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 222; Source: Singapore Law Watch

House recommits Draft Federal Charter

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon recommitted Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 (RBH 15), or the draft federal charter, to amend the transitory provision that skips over the Vice President in the line of succession to the presidency.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) v Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak

Constitutional law – Scope of Articles 4(3) and 4(4) of the Federal Constitution – Whether the declaratory reliefs sought by the applicant within the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Federal Court

Date: 22 June 2018; Court: Federal Court; Citation: [2018] MYFC 25; Source: Federal Court Registry

Dr Mahathir to pursue Appeal over Appointment of Former Top Judges

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 9 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will pursue his appeal over the appointment of former Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, despite the Federal Court’s refusal to answer legal questions on the appointments in another case. Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Kh ...
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government to amend Article 1(2) of Federal Constitution to restore Status of Sabah, Sarawak

KUCHING, Oct 8 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the government will amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court rejects Altantuya's Family Bid to use Federal Court Criminal Verdict in Civil Suit

SHAH ALAM, Oct 1 (Bernama) - The High Court here today rejected the application filed by Dr Shaariibuu Setev and his family to use the Federal Court criminal verdict over his daughter, Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder, in their RM100 million civil suit. Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo representing Shaariibuu, when met by reporters said th ...
Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

The House asks Government to discuss Revision of ASN Law

Jakarta, Sept 26 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Bambang Soesatyo asked the government to immediately discuss the revision of Law Number 5 of 2014 concerning State Civil Apparatus (ASN).
Date: 26 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

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 Al ...
Date: 14 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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

The House asks Government to discuss Revision of ASN Law

Jakarta, Sept 26 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Bambang Soesatyo asked the government to immediately discuss the revision of Law Number 5 of 2014 concerning State Civil Apparatus (ASN ...

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ICERD: Government gives Assurance over Article 153

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The government today gave the assurance that it will not abolish Article 153 of the Federal Constitution if it ratifies the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Rac ...

Need to address, curb questioning of Constitution - Sultan Sharafuddin Cabinet decided Death Penalty for 32 Offences be ended - Liew Pua allowed to appeal on whether PM is Public Officer more

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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Baguio’s Anti-Profanity Rule may not pass Constitutional Test

MANILA, Nov 8 (PNA) - Ordinances that curtail freedom of expression or speech, such as the anti-profanity ordinance in some areas in Baguio City, may not pass the constitutional test when it is raised before the courts, ...

House recommits Draft Federal Charter No TRO vs Voided Trillanes' Amnesty: SC Palace to IBP: Air Side on Trillanes’ voided Amnesty in SC more

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 urges US to strengthen Economic Cooperation with ASEAN

SINGAPORE, Nov 15 (PNA) (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the United States of America to strengthen its economic cooperation with the ASEAN member countries based on a win-win solution instead of a zero sum game.

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APEC Ministers prioritize tackling Barriers to ensure Prosperity for All

JAKARTA, Nov 15 (ANTARA News) - Ministers from the 21 APEC economies have convened to align their ideas for improving Asia-Pacific connectivity and deepening economic integration for stronger economic growth that benefits all people in the region.

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Finance Ministry to launch Portal for Auction

JAKARTA, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Finance will launch a website named lelang.go.id to facilitate people to participate in the auction process as well as make this activity more informative and accessible.

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Corruption: Court allows Tengku Adnan Bail of RM1 Million

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - Former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor who was charged in the Sessions Court here today with two counts of corruption and an alternative charge with accepting bribes of RM3 million in connection with an approval given to a company to raise the ratio plot for development at Jalan Semarak here in 2013 was allowed bail of RM1 million.

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64,632 Malaysians declared Bankrupt over last Five Years

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Department of Insolvency says 64,632 Malaysians aged between 18 and 44 have been declared bankrupt over the last five years.

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SMEs should use funding from Cooperatives for Adoption of Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can use funding from cooperatives to scale up their business in adopting the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) technology, Minister of Entrepreneur Development, Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said.

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92,682 Businesses have registered under SST - Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - A total of 92,682 businesses have registered under the Sales and Services Tax (SST) regime as of Oct 23, the Dewan Rakyat heard today.

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Lawyers raise Concerns over Move to cut Fees

In one of the Law Society's biggest townhall sessions, close to 1,000, or one in five, practising lawyers turned up on Monday to discuss with Law Minister K Shanmugam the recommended scale costs they could charge under the proposed civil justice reforms.

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President to conduct Bilateral Meetings and Other Summit Activities

Singapore, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on the second day of a working visit to Singapore, will hold various bilateral meetings and attend several ASEAN summits with partner countries.

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President Jokowi highlights Indo-Pacific Concept at ASEAN Summit Plenary

SINGAPORE, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo highlighted developments in the concept of Indo-Pacific regional cooperation during the plenary session of the 33rd ASEAN Summit held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center in Singapore on Tuesday night.

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Leaders push for modernizing ASEAN at 33rd Summit

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and leaders from other Asean member countries are pushing to modernise and strengthen Asean amid the growing digital revolution, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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Ministers' Pay Cut to remain in Force - Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) - The 10 per cent salary cut for all Cabinet ministers will remain in force, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

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UM bags 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - A group of University of Malaya (UM) Bachelor of Law (LLB) students emerged as International Champion at the 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition held early this month.

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Time for BNM to reimpose Financing Quota - HBA

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - It is time for Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to reimpose financing quota that the banks need to adhere to in order to assist first-time home buyers, said the National House Buyers Association (HBA).

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Non-Lawyers can now boost Legal Knowledge for Work

Working professionals can now build up their legal knowledge in industry-specific areas through courses at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Law Academy, which caters to both practising lawyers and non-lawyers.

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488K nabbed for Ordinance Violations since June: NCRPO

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - A total of 488,526 individuals have been apprehended for violating local ordinances since June this year, the National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) announced Tuesday.

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Indonesia pushes ASEAN to complete RCEP Negotiation

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has pushed ASEAN member countries to complete eight chapters within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) framework in a bid to meet the negotiation target with its non-ASEAN participants.

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Awaiting ASEAN's Concrete Steps to develop e-Commerce

BOGOR, W JAVA, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and his counterparts from nine other ASEAN member countries have signed an agreement on e-commerce at the 17th ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting in Singapore on Monday.

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