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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.

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Environmental Quality Act 1974 may be reviewed - PM

JOHOR BAHRU, March 14 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has not ruled out the possibility that the Environmental Quality Act 1974 would be reviewed in light of the serious pollution caused by the dumping of chemical waste in Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang. This follows an outcry from the public that the punishment for those foun ...
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ministry regulates Wildlife-related operations

A new guideline has been issued to regulate the establishment and operation of zoos, wildlife farms, and the trade of some wild animals and plants.
Date: 11 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Law to better regulate Waste to be tabled This Year

A bill will be introduced this year to better manage how Singapore handles waste, and to help businesses that reduce and recycle electronic waste, packaging waste and food leftovers.
Date: 08 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Guidelines seek Responsible Marine Wildlife Tourism

MANILA, Mar 9 (PNA) - The environment department's Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) is planning to finalize soon the guidelines on marine wildlife tourism (MWT) in the country.
Date: 09 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

20 Sen Pollution Charge in the Federal Territories effective March 15

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 10 (Bernama) - A pollution charge of 20 sen will be implemented in the Federal Territories, effective March 15, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abd Samad.
Date: 10 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

MESTECC: No Plans to amend Environment Quality Act

JOHOR BAHRU, Mar 9 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climatic Change (MESTECC) has no plans to amend the Environment Quality Act 1974 to provide stiffer punishments to environmental offenders.
Date: 09 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Indonesia aims to ratify Kigali Amendment in Three Years

Jakarta, Feb 28 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia has targeted to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol in three years` time to reduce the consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in a move to protect the ozone layer.
Date: 28 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Bill on Sustainable Management of Forest Lands and Forest Resources passed

The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill seeking to set a policy direction in the formulation of programs for the protection and sustainable management of forest lands to enhance forest ecosystems services.
Date: 25 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Amend Existing Laws or introduce New One to prevent Release of prohibited Fish Species into Rivers - Salahuddin

SERDANG, Feb 23 (Bernama) - The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is prepared to either amend existing laws or introduce new law to prevent the release of prohibited fish species into rivers, lakes and mining pools in the country. Its minister, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, said the ministry would, however, have to get more information on ...
Date: 23 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SGMA Bill on Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum approved

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 172 votes, House Bill No. 8912 or the proposed “Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum Act,” principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to authorize higher education curriculum developm ...
Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Parliament passes Gemstone Bill amid Criticism

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial bill governing the gemstone sector, paving the way to restart the licensing of mining companies after a two-year moratorium.
Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Cigarette Smokers gets Leave to initiate Judicial Review Proceeding on Smoking Ban

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 (Bernama) - A group of seven smokers, calling themselves supporters of the “Pro-Tem Pertahankan Hak Perokok” (PHP or Smokers Right Club) today obtained leave to initiate judicial review proceeding to challenge the smoking ban at all eateries as enforced by the Health Ministry on Jan 1 this year.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Act 2018 (Commencement) Notification 2019

The Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Act 2018 comes into operation on 1 February 2019.
Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 42; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Bicam OKs Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - The Bicameral Conference Committee has approved the reconciled Senate and House of Representatives' versions of a measure institutionalizing a framework to advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Environmental Law Changes get go-ahead

The ministries of Interior, Environment, and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday agreed on the amendment to the laws concerning forestry, fisheries and natural resource protection.

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Indonesia aims to ratify Kigali Amendment in Three Years

Jakarta, Feb 28 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia has targeted to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol in three years` time to reduce the consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), in a move to protect the ozone l ...

Batam drafts Plastic Use Restriction Regulation Forestry Ministry demands Execution of Court Verdict against MPL Government drafts Post-quake Reconstruction Action Plan more

Ministry regulates Wildlife-related operations

A new guideline has been issued to regulate the establishment and operation of zoos, wildlife farms, and the trade of some wild animals and plants.

Comply with Environmental Regulations or have Licence revoked, Chinese Farming Firm warned more

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.

Environmental Quality Act 1974 may be reviewed - PM 20 Sen Pollution Charge in the Federal Territories effective March 15 MESTECC: No Plans to amend Environment Quality Act more

Parliament passes Gemstone Bill amid Criticism

Myanmar’s parliament has passed a controversial bill governing the gemstone sector, paving the way to restart the licensing of mining companies after a two-year moratorium.

Government enacts Tougher Forest Law Foreign Investment permitted in Mining Sector under New Government Regulations Clashing with the Law, SEZ Body to resurrect Dawei Megaproject more

Guidelines seek Responsible Marine Wildlife Tourism

MANILA, Mar 9 (PNA) - The environment department's Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) is planning to finalize soon the guidelines on marine wildlife tourism (MWT) in the country.

Bill on Sustainable Management of Forest Lands and Forest Resources passed SGMA Bill on Advanced Energy and Green Building Technologies Curriculum approved Bicam OKs Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act more

Cabinet approves Measures against Forest Encroachment

BANGKOK, Nov 26, (NNT) - The Cabinet this week approved measures to manage state forestry areas, while maintaining the coexistence of forests and human activity.

SEA Framework to be adopted in Water Resource Management Government considers banning e-Waste Import Cabinet proposes Amendments to Hazardous Substances Act more

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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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