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Singapore to review Adoption Law and look into Surrogacy Issue

Singapore is reviewing the adoption law and looking into the issue of surrogacy, following a recent landmark case involving a gay father adopting his biological child who was conceived through a surrogate in the United States.

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Man has to pay Ex-wife $6 Million after Apex Court accepts his Appeal in part to reduce Total Matrimonial Assets' Value

The Court of Appeal ordered a man to pay his former wife $6 million after allowing his appeal in part to reduce the value of total matrimonial assets to $35 million in their divorce settlement.
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

BUE and Another v TZQ and Another

Family Law - Advancement; Trusts - Constructive Trusts; Trusts - Resulting Trusts

Date: 28 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 276; Source: Singapore Law Watch

URU v URV

Family Law - Family Court - Family Justice Rules

Date: 28 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHCF 22; Source: Singapore Law Watch

TWD and Another v UQE

Family Law - Procedure

Date: 21 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHCF 21; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Child Care Centres (Revocation) Regulations 2018

These Regulations come into operation on 2 January 2019.
Date: 28 December 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 888; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Stronger Surrogacy Law anticipated

All forms of surrogacy are banned in Cambodia as the government continues to mull draft legislation to further restrict or end the practice entirely by next year.
Date: 25 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Need for Laws to Act against Families who keep OKU Kids away from Public

LANGKAWI, Dec 22 (Bernama) - Existing laws that affect people with special needs (OKU) will have to be reviewed for action to be taken against families who hide and keep them away from the society.
Date: 22 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Family Justice (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2018

These Rules come into operation on 19 December 2018.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 834; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

UKM v Attorney-General

Family Law - Adoption - Discretionary power - Public policy; Statutory Interpretation - Construction of statute

Date: 17 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHCF 18; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Government reiterates Call to review Juvenile Justice Law

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - An official of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) called for a review of the Juvenile Justice Law to determine its effectivity.
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Amendment to Child and Adolescence Act to be extended to Sabah and Sarawak - Mahfuz

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 (Bernama) - The Children and Young Persons (Employment) (Amendment) Bill 2018 which was approved in the Dewan Negara today, will also be extended to Sabah and Sarawak. Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar during winding up debate said it would be done through amendments to the Labour Ordinance (Sabah Chapter 67 ...
Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

UMF v UMG and Another

Family Law - Guardianship - Section 5 of the Guardianship of Infants Act - Locus standi - Non-parents; Family Law - Wardship

Date: 12 December 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHCF 20; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules come into operation on 15 December 2018.
Date: 14 December 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 315 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Special Act for Senior Citizens to be tabled - DPM

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said a special Act for senior citizens will be drafted in the near future to protect the welfare and basic rights of the group.
Date: 14 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Stronger Surrogacy Law anticipated

All forms of surrogacy are banned in Cambodia as the government continues to mull draft legislation to further restrict or end the practice entirely by next year.

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Laos reaffirms continued Support for Children’s Rights

Laos will continue to work with Unicef and other development partners to promote and protect the rights of children.

Marriage Law Amendments ease processes for Foreigners, Citizens more

Need for Laws to Act against Families who keep OKU Kids away from Public

LANGKAWI, Dec 22 (Bernama) - Existing laws that affect people with special needs (OKU) will have to be reviewed for action to be taken against families who hide and keep them away from the society.

Amendment to Child and Adolescence Act to be extended to Sabah and Sarawak - Mahfuz Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) (Amendment) Rules 2018 Special Act for Senior Citizens to be tabled - DPM more

Women’s Law set for Enactment Next Year

The Prevention of Violence against Women bill drafted in 2013 may be enacted next year, U Soe Aung deputy minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, said.

Myanmar drafts Hazardous Work List for Children more

Singapore to review Adoption Law and look into Surrogacy Issue

Singapore is reviewing the adoption law and looking into the issue of surrogacy, following a recent landmark case involving a gay father adopting his biological child who was conceived through a surrogate in the United S ...

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Government to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

BANGKOK, Nov 23 (NNT) - The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th, by organizing a campaign to promote measures that ...

NLA Sports Committee explains Legislation restricting Children under 12 from Boxing more

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Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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