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World Bank describes Digital Asset Law as pragmatic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The Capital Markets and Services (Prescription of Securities) (Digital Currency and Digital Token) Order 2019, which comes into force today, is a pragmatic approach by the authorities to regulate digital currencies and assets, says the World Bank. World Bank Group’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment lead economist, Richard Record said the digital economy and disruptive technologies provide a lot of opportunities for developing countries, including Malaysia.

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Enforcement of Grassroots Democracy Regulations reviewed

Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency
Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) -  The Central Steering Committee for the implementation of grassroots democracy regulations held a conference in Hanoi on January 14 to review the work last year and set out new tasks for 2019.

QC Court junks Gun Raps vs NDF consultant Baylosis

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has dismissed the illegal possession of firearms case filed against National Democratic Front (NDF) consultant Rafael D. Baylosis and his companion Guillermo Roque.

Prosecution withdraws Appeal for Higher Sentence on Fahmi Reza

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The prosecution has withdrawn its appeal for a higher sentence against graphic designer Mohd Fahmi Reza Mohd Zarin for uploading an offensive caricature image of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his facebook account in 2016.
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House Panel approves Bill declaring May 17 as "National Day against Homophobia"

Date: 12 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) approved the amended substitute bill seeking to declare May 17 of every year as the “National Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.”

Singapore to review Adoption Law and look into Surrogacy Issue

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
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.

IHiS fires Two Staff, slaps Penalties on Five Senior Management Figures

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Integrated Health Information Systems, the technology agency pulled up for its lapses in last June's cyber attack on SingHealth, has fired two employees and imposed "significant financial penalty" on five members of its senior management team, including its chief executive.

More Payment services to be regulated by MAS

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Payment Services Act will also impose limits on how much personal mobile wallets can hold, and how much money can be transferred out to accounts other than the user's designated bank accounts in a year, among others.

Bill to bolster Checks in Gem Deals, Fight Crime and Improve Security

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
All regulated dealers of precious stones and metals, like diamonds, jade, silver and gold, will have to conduct stricter customer due diligence checks when handling transactions.

Two Officers demoted for Misconduct

Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post
Two police officers have been demoted by the National Police chief for misconduct, according to an announcement by the National Police General Commissariat dated January 2 and obtained by The Post on Sunday.

Ex-Baguio Registrar of Deeds gets Eight-Year Jail Term for Graft

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News
MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former register of deeds of Baguio City to eight years imprisonment after being found guilty of graft over an illegal land transaction in 2010.

Two Foreign Men fined RM2,000 Each for pimping

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PETALING JAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - Two Bangladeshi workers were fined RM2,000 each by the Sessions Court here today for pimping.

False Claims for GST Refund: Businessman slapped Additional 224 Charges

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
IPOH, Jan 15 (Bernama) - A businessman who is already facing 22 charges of making false claims on Goods and Services Tax refunds amounting to more than RM1 million, was slapped with 224 additional charges of the same in the Sessions Court here today.

Trader jailed, fined for stealing Perfume worth RM79.20

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 (Bernama) - A trader was sentenced to seven day’s in prison and fined RM100 by the Magistrate’s Court today for stealing three boxes of perfume, worth RM79.20.

Incest: Stepfather sentenced to 16 Years Jail, Six Strokes of the Cane

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - A man could consider himself lucky when the Court of Appeal today allowed his appeal for the jail sentences imposed on him for incest and committing unnatural sex with his step-daughter to be served concurrently.

Court dismisses Appeal by Policeman on Conviction for Corruption, involving RM200

Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
ALOR SETAR, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The High Court here today dismissed an appeal by a police sergeant against his conviction and sentence for corruption involving RM200 by the Special Sessions Court.

House ratifies Bicam Report on Proposed Creation of Philippine Sports Training Center

Date: 13 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the consolidation of House Bill 5615 and Senate Bill 1716, seeking to establish a modern and highly scientific sports complex to be known as the Philippine Sports Training Center.

Court orders NBP Transfer of Two Cops in Kian Murder

Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency
MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - The Caloocan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the transfer of two detained policemen from the Valenzuela City Jail to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City to serve their sentence for the murder of Kian Loyd delos Santos in 2017.

Ex-Maguindanao Town Exec gets P30-K Fine for Graft, Ethics Raps

Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - For failing to declare his properties in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALNs) for 2011, 2013 and 2014, the Sandiganbayan has slapped a former Maguindanao town mayor with a PHP30,000 fine.

Indonesian Man gets 30 Months Jail, Whipping for robbing Student

Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - An Indonesian man was sentenced to 30 months' jail and three strokes of the cane by the Sessions Court here today for robbing a college student of her handbag last year.

Boy pleads Guilty to incest with Older Sister

Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KAMPAR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - A 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty in the Magistrate's Court here today to committing incest with his biological sister, who is two years older than him, since two years ago.

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

Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
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.

Panel approves Bill creating ‘National Filipino Women’s Museum’

Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) approved House Bill 372, authored by Gabriela Party-list Reps. Arlene Brosas and Emmi De Jesus, which seeks to create the National Filipino Women's Museum.

House ratifies Bicam Report on proposed “Tulong-Trabaho Act”

Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
Filipinos are one step away from having access to more innovative technical vocational programs and becoming more competitive in labor force competencies.

Teenager’s Drug Charge reduced by Appeal Court

Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post
The Appeal Court on Thursday suspended three years of a 17-year-old girl’s five-year prison term for trafficking 101.9g of methamphetamine.

MPD Official sacked for hitting 3 Cops

Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - An official of the Manila Police District was ordered relieved from his post after allegedly hitting three cops for allegedly refusing to follow orders during the feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila on Wednesday.

TESDA Board oks Revised Dual Training System IRR

Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Board approved on Friday the revised Dual Training System (DTS) Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), an executive told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Globe backs Bill to block Websites facilitating Online Piracy

Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - Globe Telecom and the international Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) have come out in support of a Senate bill aiming to deter online piracy in the country by blocking Internet websites that illegally distribute copyrighted material like videos, music and gaming.

'Justice System is regressing’: Court rejects Appeal by Reuters Reporters

Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
Myanmar’s High Court has ruled to keep the two Reuters journalists in jail today, confirming their conviction and seven-year sentences of imprisonment on charges of breaking the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.
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More Payment services to be regulated by MAS

The Payment Services Act will also impose limits on how much personal mobile wallets can hold, and how much money can be transferred out to accounts other than the user's designated bank accounts in a year, among others.

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Ex-Baguio Registrar of Deeds gets Eight-Year Jail Term for Graft

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a former register of deeds of Baguio City to eight years imprisonment after being found guilty of graft over an illegal land transaction in 2010.

QC Court junks Gun Raps vs NDF consultant Baylosis Two Foreign Men fined RM2,000 Each for pimping Trader jailed, fined for stealing Perfume worth RM79.20 more

IHiS fires Two Staff, slaps Penalties on Five Senior Management Figures

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

The Vientiane People’s Council has adopted measures demanding that a Chinese farming firm comply with environmental regulations or face the prospect of its investment licence being revoked.

RM500 Fine for First-Time No-Smoking Offenders Minimum Legal Age for smoking goes up to 19 from January 1 Smoking Ban in Food Premises effective January 1 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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Globe backs Bill to block Websites facilitating Online Piracy

MANILA, Jan 10 (PNA) - Globe Telecom and the international Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) have come out in support of a Senate bill aiming to deter online piracy in the country by blocking Internet websites that illegall ...

IPOPHL eyes to ease Limitation on Accessible Formats PH accedes to the Marrakesh Treaty Fung Shing Company Limited v Bitwave Pte Ltd more

Makati Court stands by Rebellion Raps vs Trillanes

MANILA, Jan 7 (PNA) - Lawyers of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV failed to persuade the Makati court to reconsider its earlier ruling to pursue the rebellion charges against the lawmaker.

StreetSine Singapore Pte Ltd v Singapore Institute of Surveyors and Valuers and Others Legal Aid and Advice (Amendment) Act 2018 Practising without a Practising Certificate after 31 Dec 2018 more

Ministry institutes New Permanent Secretariat to prevent Forest Crimes

A forestry administration spokesman on Thursday said the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had recently created a new permanent secretariat to prevent all types of forestry crimes, with a particular focus o ...

Idle Government-Owned Lands Disposition Bill approved on Final Reading Lim Hun Joo and Others v Kok Yin Chong and Others Lee Wee Choong and Another v Teh Ching Yan and Another more

False Claims for GST Refund: Businessman slapped Additional 224 Charges

IPOH, Jan 15 (Bernama) - A businessman who is already facing 22 charges of making false claims on Goods and Services Tax refunds amounting to more than RM1 million, was slapped with 224 additional charges of the same in ...

IRB to scrutinize e-Commerce Businesses, Social Media Excise Tax Hike on Alcohol, Tobacco Bills certified as urgent Finance Ministry mulls Income Tax Reduction on Corporate Taxpayers more

Cabinet's Nod to Digital Laws

BANGKOK, Dec 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet on Tuesday approved two digital laws concerning the prevention of cybercrime and the use of personal information without consent.

Government considering New Cyber Law, Minister says SC halts Motorcycle Ride-Hailing App Angkas Ops New National Automotive Policy Focuses on Next-Generation Vehicles more

House Panel approves Bill declaring May 17 as "National Day against Homophobia"

The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) approved the amended substitute bill seeking to declare May 17 of every year as the “National D ...

Bill to bolster Checks in Gem Deals, Fight Crime and Improve Security Court orders NBP Transfer of Two Cops in Kian Murder Tourism Rules, Regulations may be released this Month: Ministry more

Man fined BND3,500 for defaming Former Colleague on Social Media

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered a 25-year-old man to settle a fine of BND3,500, or serve four months’ imprisonment in default, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of defamation.

Four Businesses fined for selling Goods above MRP Man jailed for attempted Theft, Trespassing Public Prosecutor’s Appeal allowed to enhance sentencing against School Teacher more

Two Officers demoted for Misconduct

Two police officers have been demoted by the National Police chief for misconduct, according to an announcement by the National Police General Commissariat dated January 2 and obtained by The Post on Sunday.

Ministry institutes New Permanent Secretariat to prevent Forest Crimes Teenager’s Drug Charge reduced by Appeal Court King signs Article 45 Amendment paving way for Opposition Return more

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Government announces List of Controlled Businesses

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has approved a list of businesses that are subject to government control, while also stating that types of business not on the list would find it easier to operate.

Government approves Special Budget for Flood Recovery Authorities urged to expedite Registration of Foreign Workers Labour Officials mull Foreign Worker Regulations more

House Panel approves Bill declaring May 17 as "National Day against Homophobia"

The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality chaired by Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon) approved the amended substitute bill seeking to declare May 17 of every year as the “National D ...

Ex-Baguio Registrar of Deeds gets Eight-Year Jail Term for Graft DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy QC Court junks Gun Raps vs NDF consultant Baylosis 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 ...

IHiS fires Two Staff, slaps Penalties on Five Senior Management Figures More Payment services to be regulated by MAS Bill to bolster Checks in Gem Deals, Fight Crime and Improve Security more

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 ...

EU lifts Yellow Card for Thailand Government establishes Justice Fund to reduce Inequality NLA tables Bills on Municipal Councilors, Bangkok and Pattaya Governors more
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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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Judges, Judicial Officers receive DoJ Training not due to High Profile Cases - CJ

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum explained that the training of Malaysian judges and judicial officers by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) was not due to the high profile money laundering cases, such as the ones involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

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Adapt Technology and Work from anywhere, CJ tells Lawyers

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - With the tagline ‘Now Anywhere Can Work’, lawyers can now deal with their cases from anywhere through the use of technology introduced by the judiciary in order to have an efficient court system, said Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today.

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Malaysian Bar will continue to voice Concerns over use of Oppressive Laws - President

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Bar will continue to voice its concerns on the continued use of oppressive laws, said its president George Varughese.

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Full Force of the Law to be applied to Wrongdoers, says AG

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said today the full force of the law would be applied to wrongdoers.

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Matrade appoints Halim Mohamad as Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 (Bernama) - Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) has appointed Tan Sri Halim Mohammad as its seventh chairman, effective Jan 1, 2019.

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Vietnam requests other Countries to respect International Law

Hanoi, Jan 9 (VNA) - Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang underlined Vietnam’s stance on the US vessel USS McCampbell’s passage through Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) waters, while responding to reporters’ questions regarding the case on January 9.

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Justice Ministry should be “Goalkeeper” of Government in Legal Issues: PM

Hanoi, Jan 8 (VNA) - The Ministry of Justice should be the “goalkeeper” of the Government in international legal issues to ensure national rights and interests, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a conference of the sector in Hanoi on January 8.

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Rizal granted Permission to transfer Corruption Case to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Bernama) - The case of former special officer to the former Prime Minister, Datuk Rizal Mansor, who faces four corruption charges involving a solar hybrid system project for rural schools in Sarawak will be heard in the High Court.

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Law Society Chief, Three Others appointed Senior Counsel

The President of the Law Society, Gregory Vijayendran, fellow litigator Siraj Omar, 46, as well as two former judicial commissioners of the Supreme Court, Foo Chee Hock, 58, and Foo Tuat Yien, 65, were conferred the coveted designation when their appointments were announced by Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon at the opening of the legal year.

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