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National Forestry Act and Wildlife Conservation Act will impose Heavier Penalties

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The law on wildlife conservation needs to impose stern penalties on poachers and wildlife trafficking activities to protect the endangered species, according to the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry,

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Shan Parliament debates Inle Lake Conservation Bill

The Shan State Hluttaw debated a bill on the conservation of Inle Lake in Nyaungshwe township from June 6 to 8.
Date: 12 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Ban on Disposable Plastics at Selangor Government Buildings effective July 1

SHAH ALAM, June 1 (Bernama) - The Selangor Government will enforce a campaign to stop the use of single-use plastics at all departments and agencies under the state's administration from July 1.
Date: 01 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ministry working on Changes to Tobacco Control Law

The Ministry of Health and Sports is working on a draft amendment to the Control of Smoking and Consumption of Tobacco Product Law as part of the government’s anti-tobacco effort, a senior official said.
Date: 30 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Businessman fined RM16,000 for Possessing 243 Baya Weaver without Licence

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 (Bernama) - A businessman was fined RM16,000 or five months imprisonment by the Sessions Court here today after pleading guilty to a charge of keeping 243 Baya Weaver (Ploceus Philippinus) a protected species without a valid licence four years ago.
Date: 27 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government plans Three-Month Mining Moratorium in Disaster-Prone Hpakant

The government will declare a three-month moratorium on jade mining in Hpakant township, Kachin State, during the rainy season from July to August amid concerns about accidents, U Min Min Oo, permanent secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, said on Tuesday.
Date: 22 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government to study Need for Climate Change Act

PUTRAJAYA, May 16 (Bernama) - The government will embark on a scoping study to assess whether there is a need for a climate change act in the country. Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said the study, to be done through a collaboration between Malaysia Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malay ...
Date: 16 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ministry to Adopt SOP to Handle Toxic Chemical Pollution Incidents

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) will adopt a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to address toxicological pollution. Its Deputy Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis said this was decided at the meeting of the National Committee on Management and Regulation of ...
Date: 23 April 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

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

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

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.

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National Forestry Act and Wildlife Conservation Act will impose Heavier Penalties

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The law on wildlife conservation needs to impose stern penalties on poachers and wildlife trafficking activities to protect the endangered species, according to the Water, Land and Natura ...

Ban on Disposable Plastics at Selangor Government Buildings effective July 1 Businessman fined RM16,000 for Possessing 243 Baya Weaver without Licence Government to study Need for Climate Change Act 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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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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