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Legislature beefs up Consumer Protections

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) passed amendments to improve consumer rights in the country on Friday.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Najib's SRC Trial put on hold pending Appeal to Federal Court

PUTRAJAYA, March 21 (Bernama) - The former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s corruption trial involving RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd funds will not proceed just yet.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government mulls New Law to make Polluters pay for Clean-ups, Damage

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 21 (Bernama) - The government is looking into the possibility to introduce a new law to compel polluters of the environment to pay for the cleanup operations and other damages that they have caused.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Appeals Court strikes out Streram's Misfeasance in Public Office Lawsuit

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 20 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today struck out a Pakatan Harapan election candidate’s misfeasance in public office lawsuit against a former returning officer and the Election Commission (EC).
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

CA junks Trillanes Plea to stop Trial on Rebellion Raps

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - The trial of opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV before a Makati Court will proceed as the Court of Appeals (CA) turned down his plea to stop his indictment for rebellion.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government concludes Observations on implementing Child Rights’ Convention

Laos remains committed to realising the rights of the child with authorities holding workshops to discuss concluding observations for all sectors at central and provincial level in order to develop their action plans.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Amendments to enterprise, Investment Laws must promote SOE Efficiency

Hanoi, Mar 19 (VNS/VNA) - The amendments to the Law on Enterprise and Law on Investment must include stronger solutions to thoroughly and comprehensively reform State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and enhance their efficiency, according to the Vietnam Association of Financial Investors (VAFI).
Date: 19 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

PRRD signs Law abolishing Road Board

MANILA, Mar 19 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law abolishing the Road Board and allowing the disposition of funds from the Motor Vehicle User's Charge (MVUC).
Date: 19 March 2019; Type: Select Type of News ; Source: Philippines News Agency

No More New Tax for this year, but Reforms - PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - There will be no new tax for this year, except for sugar tax which was announced during the 2019 Budget, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today.
Date: 19 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House agrees to recall its Version of 2019 Budget

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday said the leadership of the House of Representatives has agreed to withdraw its own version of the proposed PHP3.757-trillion national budget for 2019.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC issues TRO vs PhilSAT as Law School Admission Requirement

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday released to newsmen a copy of the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of the Philippine Law School Admission Test (PhilSAT) as an admission requirement for law schools.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

IPOPHL pushes for Registration of Online Sellers

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is pushing for the registration of businesses that are selling their products online to protect intellectual property (IP) rights in the country.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD vetoes Bill strengthening OSG, cites Impact on Bureaucracy

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill strengthening the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) and increasing the benefits of its workers as he cited the measure's impact on the entire government bureaucracy.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD vetoes Bill creating Central Luzon Investment Hub

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vetoed the bill creating the Central Luzon Regional Investment and Infrastructure Coordinating Hub.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Offensive Language : Security Guard ordered to pay 'Sogit' to Madius

TUARAN, Mar 17 (Bernama) - A security guard was imposed a ‘sogit’ or traditional compensation, for using offensive language against Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau last year.
Date: 17 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs Law allowing Simpler Patents for Farmers

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that seeks to ease restrictions on agricultural free patents issued to farmers.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Consumer Protection Law also applies to Public Sector: Official

The public sector as well as the private sector must follow the Consumer Protection Law, according to the Ministry of Commerce’s Consumer Affairs Department.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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

Fines await Poll bets with Incomplete SOCEs

MANILA, Mar 13 (PNA) - Candidates and political parties would have to pay a fine for submission of incomplete Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCEs) in the May 13 polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said.
Date: 13 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Dewan Rakyat Speaker rules no-go for Statements without Solid Evidence

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 13 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat will not allow for discussion any statement put forward based on news and social media reports without solid evidence, Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said today.
Date: 13 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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MAS scores, sets Benchmark for Others

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) enforcement report has revealed how it polices the financial markets under its charge, and is a welcome indicator of the greater openness the market has long sought, as the report mainly focused on market abuse, financial services misconduct, and money laundering-related control breaches.

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PRRD terminates Appointment of GRP Panel Members

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the termination of the appointments of government peace negotiators with communist rebels "in view of the termination of the peace negotiations" with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

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Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.

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MP Noh Omar expelled from Dewan Rakyat for Three Days

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 19 (Bernama) - Tanjung Karang MP Tan Sri Noh Omar has been expelled from the Dewan Rakyat for three days from today.

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ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.

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Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

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Rosmah's Graft Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed the prosecution's application to transfer from the Sessions Court to the High Court the case involving two graft charges filed against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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IBP condemns Slay of another Lawyer in DavNor

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Thursday urged authorities to take action on the latest killing of a lawyer, Rex Jasper Lopoz, who was gunned down last March 13 in front of a shopping mall in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

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IPOPHL brings IP-focused MCLE Program to Cebu

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) will be mounting the 2019 edition of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) this March in Cebu, to expand its education drive and reach out to IP practitioners in the Visayas.

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ASEAN aims at creating Future Digitally-Skilled Youths

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA) - Seven ASEAN member states, through the ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme initiated by the ASEAN Foundation in collaboration with Microsoft, aim to create digitally-skilled youths prepared to tackle challenges of the digital workspace in future.

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Tanintharyi Landholders sued under New Law

Local government officials and companies are already using the recently amended land law to remove villagers from disputed land, according to lawyers in southern Myanmar.

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SC to facilitate Greater Investor Inclusiveness

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - Opening local corporate bonds and sukuk to retail investors who meet the requirements set are among the steps taken by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to promote investors inclusiveness in the local market.

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SC aims Further Expansion of Islamic Capital Market, says Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC), the regulatory body of the capital market, aim to foster growth that is premised on long-term value creation by intensifying efforts to further expand the Islamic capital market as well as the closely-linked sustainable finance segment.

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National E-Document Exchange Platform launched

Hanoi, Mar 12 (VNA) - The Government Office held a ceremony in Hanoi on March 12 to launch the National E-Document Exchange Platform, a move towards a digital government and economy.

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Cabinet approves 5Bn Baht Agro Subsidies

BANGKOK, Mar 13 (NNT) - The weekly Cabinet meeting has allocated another five billion baht to support rice agriculture during the current production year.

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CJ seeks to remove Parts of Hamid Sultan's Affidavit

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 13 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today filed an application to remove parts of the supporting affidavit filed Court of Appeal Judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer in the lawsuit by the late Karpal Singh’s daughter, claiming that it was outrageous, insulting and an attack to the Judiciary.

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Up to PM to shortlist Candidates for CJ's Post - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 12 (Bernama) - The Law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today said that he has no information about the candidates shortlisted to be appointed as the new Chief Justice to replace Tan Sri Richard Malanjum who will retire from the post next month.

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Sabah helps Children without Documents through Legalization Program

KOTA KINABALU, Mar 12 (Bernama) - Children born in Sabah and categorised as foreigners even though one of their parents were local residents, will be given aid through a legalisation programme which will ensure a better future for them.

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