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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 Malaysia) and United Kingdom (UK) Government, is expected to be completed in 24 months.

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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

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

Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

These Regulations come into operation on 31 January 2019.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 57; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

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 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 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 Mini ...

Ministry to Adopt SOP to Handle Toxic Chemical Pollution Incidents Government mulls New Law to make Polluters pay for Clean-ups, Damage Environmental Quality Act 1974 may be reviewed - PM 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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No Freeze in Intake of Foreign Workers - Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 (Bernama) - The Human Resources Ministry has clarified that there is no freeze in the recruitment of foreign workers although many applications to bring in workers have been rejected for non-compliance with the law.

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Actions against those who tarnish Judiciary's Image, Dignity, says CJ

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Actions will be taken against those who tarnish the judiciary's image and dignity, says Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

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Right Decisions only Way for Judiciary to recover Glory - Attorney General

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas says judges must always endeavour to make the right decisions, without fear or favour, and regardless of the personality of the party or the accused before them.

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Transport Ministry makes it More Flexible for e-hailing Drivers to obtain PSV Licence

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Transport is willing to make it easier for e-hailing drivers to clock in the six hours of course time to obtain a Public Transport Vehicle (PSV) licence.

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RM1.56 Mln Fine on Poachers, highest so far for Wildlife Crimes

PUTRAJAYA, May 17 (Bernama) - The Kuala Terengganu Sessions Court's decision to fine RM1.56 million each on two Vietnamese poachers has been the highest amount so far for wildlife crimes in the country's history, said Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jayakumar.

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Delegation of Lawmakers visit Netherlands

Hanoi, May 15 (VNA) - A delegation of the National Assembly’s Committee on Laws led by the committee’s vice chairman Pham Tri Thuc has just paid a working visit to the Netherlands.

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Adib Inquest: Lawyer grills Forensics Expert on 'Probability Report'

SHAH ALAM, May 16 (Bernama) - A lawyer questioned the ‘probability report’ of a specialist medical witness in the inquest into the death of Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, that injuries to the right chest of the firefighter were caused by a curb or road shoulder.

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Telecom Regulator proposes Online Sim Card Registration

The Lao Telecommunication Regulatory Authority is developing an application for use as a possible option to speed up sim card registration.

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Government agrees to appoint a Youth to represent them in the Senate

BANGI, May 15 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the government has agreed to appoint a member of the Senate from among the youths with wide expertise and knowledge in the field and issues on the development of youths.

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MoF sets up Debt Management Office

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Finance has set up the Debt Management Office (DMO) to review and manage the government’s debt and liabilities.

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Additional Appellate Court would be a timely upgrade

In order to curb the increased caseload on the Court of Appeal, a new appellate court may be introduced by the Government to support it, a move that may end up in restructuring of Supreme Court.

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RoK helps Vietnam accelerate Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Apr 26 (VNA) - The Supreme People’s Court and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) launched a project on improving trial transparency and quality at Vietnamese courts during a ceremony in Hanoi on April 26.

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DOLE announces 29 Job Fir Venues Nationwide on Labor Day

MANILA, Apr 29 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is inviting job seekers to a nationwide job fair on May 1.

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Universities, Industry Players to join forces for IR 4.0

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 29 (Bernama) - The joint forces of the brains in the universities and the capacity and capabilities of key industries will make a change for a better world through the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), said Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Asma Ismail.

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BNM appoints Two External Members to Monetary Policy Committee

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 29 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has reappointed Professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng and appointed Datuk Dr Gan Wee Beng as external members of its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) effective April 1, 2019.

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Doing nothing about Disruptive Tech would be biggest Mistake: CJ

The speed at which law firms incorporating AI into their work processes poses threat to lawyers getting out of jobs, and urged the lawyers to seize the moment and be at the frontline of technological change, warning that the "biggest mistake" would be to do nothing.

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Government Agencies urged not to use Unlicensed Software

MANILA, Apr 26 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) on Friday urged government agencies to use licensed software to prevent copyright infringement in the country.

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Kula Segaran to chair ASEAN Labour Minister Special Session in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 28 (Bernama) - Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran will lead the Malaysian delegation to the Special Session of the ASEAN Labour Ministers and Singapore Conference on Future of Work which will be held in Singapore tomorrow (April 29).

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