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PM launches Guidelines for Commercial Organizations to minimize Corruption Risk

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - In order to help ensure commercial organisations in any industry employ fundamental measures in minimising the risk of corruption, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today launched guidelines on this today. They come under the Adequate Procedures Pursuant to Sub-section (5) of Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009. Dr Mahathir said the guidelines have been drafted to assist commercial organisations in understanding what were the "adequate procedures" to be implemented to prevent the occurrence of corrupt practices.

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Congress grants Martial Law Extension until end of 2019

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2019.

Batam drafts Plastic Use Restriction Regulation

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara
Batam, Riau Islands, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The regional government of Batam City, Riau Islands Province, is now drafting a regulation on the restriction of plastic use in various internal official ceremonies.

Court rejects Najib's Bid to pay RM500,000 Bail in Installments

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today rejected former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's request to pay in instalments the RM500,000 bail imposed on him in the case over the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) final audit report. Najib had pleaded not guilty to a charge of using his position as prime minister to order alterations to the 1MDB final audit report before it was tabled to the Public Accoun ...
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Condo Management has no Power to make by-Law: Judge

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A condominium management corporation took a unit owner to court to pay damages it had based on a condo by-law - but the High Court ruled that the MC did not have the power to make such a by-law in the first place.

Changes to Law on Criminal Detention without Trial to kick in Next Year

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Amendments to the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act will take effect in the new year, when a list of criminal offences will be spelt out, the Ministry of Home Affairs said yesterday.

Monthly Minimum Wage to rise in July

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI, Dec 12 - Monthly minimum wage will increase from VNĐ1.39 million (US$60) to VNĐ1.49 million ($65) at the beginning of July next year, according to the National Assembly’s Resolution 70/2018/QH14.

Investigation into Grab's Acquisition of Uber in Vietnam Results announced

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency
Hanoi, Dec 12 (VNA) - The investigation into Grab's acquisition of Uber in Southeast Asia, including the Vietnamese market, ended on November 18, said the Department of Competition and Consumer Protection (DCCP) under the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

Cambodia Union Leaders convicted over Protests, Jail Terms suspended

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Cambodia Daily
A Cambodian court found six union leaders guilty on Tuesday of instigating violent protests against the government in 2013 and 2014, but suspended their jail terms.

SC halts Motorcycle Ride-Hailing App Angkas Ops

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - Online motorcycle backride service provider Angkas will have to suspend operations following a temporary restraining order (TRO) handed down by the Supreme Court (SC).

Sandiganbayan bars Ex-judge from holding Public Office

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has barred from public office a former judge of Marawi City Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) after finding him guilty of obstruction of justice over the release of a detainee without lawful order which led to his escape.

Heritage Regions Bill submitted ahead of UNESCO Deadline

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The Religious Affairs and Culture Ministry yesterday submitted to the Upper House (Amyotha Hluttaw) a new draft law for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage regions, which is a UNESCO requirement for Bagan to be included in the list of world heritage sites.

Kachin Activists imprisoned for Peaceful Protest

Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
A court has sentenced three Kachin ethnic activists to half a year in prison for raising the plight of civilians trapped by fighting between the Tatmadaw and a Kachin armed group. The court’s decision has come under fire for further stifling the already-deteriorating freedom of speech in Myanmar.

Electronic Signature Law will boost E-Commerce, Government tells NA

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times
The government has told the National Assembly (NA) that Laos needs to have an electronic signature law in place to boost E-commerce and facilitate E-governance.

No More Regular Legalization for Illegals - Home Ministry

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Home Ministry will no longer undertake the legalisation of illegal immigrant workers on a regular basis.

New National Automotive Policy Focuses on Next-Generation Vehicles

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - Malaysia’s new National Automotive Policy (NAP) which will be unveiled by year-end is expected to focus on next-generation vehicles which are smart and connected, as well as utilising green technology.

SC revokes Licence, imposes Penalty against Individual

Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC) has revoked the Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence (CMSRL) of Shaiful Nazren Kassim for improper business practices, effective Dec 7, 2018.

House passes "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Bill"

Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8637 or the proposed "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Act" which seeks to protect and enhance the rights of all people to human dignity, reduce social, economic and political inequalities, as well as remove cultural inequities.

House approves Bill on PNPA and NPTI transfer to PNP

Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8628 which seeks to transfer the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to better achieve the goal of having a highly ef ...

Panel approves "Teacher Protection Bill"

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Ramon Durano VI (5th District, Cebu) on Monday approved the substitute bill to House Bill 58 or the proposed “Teacher Protection Act” authored by Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers).

Appeal in Scammer's Case leads to new Sentencing Structure

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A Taiwanese man convicted over his role as a runner in a cash laundering scam was sentenced to 51/2 years in jail on appeal, in a case that produced a sentencing framework for such offences in future.

Ex-Agri Chief, Five Others’ Bids to dismiss Graft Raps junked

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has junked the requests of former Department of Agriculture secretary and five other others to dismiss and have the graft raps against them voided over the alleged anomalous Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice) car loan in 2009.

Sandigan junks Bail Plea of Enrile's Ex-Chief of Staff

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, a chief of staff of then senator Juan Ponce Enrile, to post bail for her plunder case for lack of merit.

NPC to intensify monitoring of Data Privacy Act compliance

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is reminding privacy-minded organizations that it has intensified its monitoring efforts to ensure strict compliance to Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

Heavier Penalties await Illegal Cigarette, Liquor Traders, Syndicates Customs

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
SUBANG JAYA, Dec 11 (Bernama) - Traders and syndicates of smuggled cigarettes and liquor will face stiffer penalties after amendments on Section 135 of the Customs Act 1976 and Section 74 of the Excise Act 1976 were passed at Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Dewan Rakyat passes Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2018

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat today passed the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2018 to improve the cancellation process of vehicle registration and to facilitate local authorities dispose of abandoned vehicles in their respective areas.

Appeals Court upholds Decision on TNB's Negligence in Bertam Valley Floods

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 11 (Bernama) - Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) lost its appeal today to set aside a High Court decision which found the company negligent for causing floods in Bertam Valley, Cameron Highlands in 2013.

Former Bodyguard jailed Two Years for causing Hurt to Wife

Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 ( Bernama) - A former bodyguard was sentenced to two years’ jail by the Sessions Court here today for voluntarily causing grievous hurt to his wife with his bare hands, last September.

Court allows Unwed Mom's bid to take Son to London

Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
A Singaporean woman will get to move to London with her child after the High Court allowed her appeal over that of the boy's New Zealand father.
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SC revokes Licence, imposes Penalty against Individual

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC) has revoked the Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence (CMSRL) of Shaiful Nazren Kassim for improper business practices, effective Dec 7, 2 ...

BNM to supervise TH starting January Next Year DPM and Industry Minister outline SME Bank Policy SC, BNM working on Regulations for Digital Assets more

Low Tuck Choy v Low Teik Kien

Date: 22 November 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 410; Source: Federal Court Registry

Re IM Skaugen SE and Other Matters Senate ratifies revised Corporation Code Evotech (Asia) Pte Ltd v Koh Tat Lee and Another more

Changes to Law on Criminal Detention without Trial to kick in Next Year

Amendments to the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act will take effect in the new year, when a list of criminal offences will be spelt out, the Ministry of Home Affairs said yesterday.

Cambodia Union Leaders convicted over Protests, Jail Terms suspended Sandiganbayan bars Ex-judge from holding Public Office Ex-Agri Chief, Five Others’ Bids to dismiss Graft Raps junked more

Monthly Minimum Wage to rise in July

HÀ NỘI, Dec 12 - Monthly minimum wage will increase from VNĐ1.39 million (US$60) to VNĐ1.49 million ($65) at the beginning of July next year, according to the National Assembly’s Resolution 70/2018/QH14.

House OKs Bill lowering Government Retirement Age to 56 Lim Chee Chin v Great Goddard Group Sdn Bhd Ng Teck Fay v Syarikat Takaful Malaysia Berhad more

Batam drafts Plastic Use Restriction Regulation

Batam, Riau Islands, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The regional government of Batam City, Riau Islands Province, is now drafting a regulation on the restriction of plastic use in various internal official ceremonies.

Việt Nam to complete Legal Corridor for Remote Sensing Activities Environmental Public Health (Amendment) Act 2018 House passes "Marine and Coastal Resources Protection Bill" on Final Reading more

Court allows Unwed Mom's bid to take Son to London

A Singaporean woman will get to move to London with her child after the High Court allowed her appeal over that of the boy's New Zealand father.

Conference reviews Implementation of Anti-Domestic Violence Law in 10 Years Women’s Law set for Enactment Next Year BUN and Another v BUP more

MAVCOM fines AirAsia, AirAsia x for advertising misleading Ticket Prices

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has imposed a financial penalty on AirAsia Bhd and AirAsia X Bhd, amounting to RM160,000 each, for advertising misleading air ticket prices.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Assignment of Function) Notification 2018 PH, Switzerland sign New Air Services Deal Malaysia, Indonesia achieve Breakthrough in Territorial Disputes more

Court rejects Najib's Bid to pay RM500,000 Bail in Installments

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today rejected former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's request to pay in instalments the RM500,000 bail imposed on him in the case over the 1Malaysia De ...

Foreign Cars should be barred from leaving Country before settling Summonses Ho Soo Fong v Revitech Pte Ltd CJ proposes 20- Minute Time limit for Lawyers to submit in Court of Appeal, Federal Court more

Condo Management has no Power to make by-Law: Judge

A condominium management corporation took a unit owner to court to pay damages it had based on a condo by-law - but the High Court ruled that the MC did not have the power to make such a by-law in the first place.

VN needs to simplify Property Laws for Foreigners House approves Bill on Idle Government-owned Lands Disposition Low Kwang Tong v Karen Teo Mei Ling and Others more

Tax Incentive seeks to help Rubber Farmers

BANGKOK, Dec 5 (NNT) - The government's tax break on shopping to stimulate end-of-year spending benefits small entrepreneurs as well as farmers affected by the Para rubber price drop, according to a revenue department of ...

SC affirms junking of Tax Raps vs Mikey Arroyo SC affirms BIR's Higher Tax Rates on Non-life Insurers Finance Ministry to reimburse VAT Payments during Chinese New Year more

SC halts Motorcycle Ride-Hailing App Angkas Ops

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - Online motorcycle backride service provider Angkas will have to suspend operations following a temporary restraining order (TRO) handed down by the Supreme Court (SC).

New National Automotive Policy Focuses on Next-Generation Vehicles NPC to intensify monitoring of Data Privacy Act compliance New Act to ensure Information obtained from credible, valid Sources - Hanipa more

Company fined for improper Waste Disposal

THE Law Enforcement Unit of the Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Municipal Department issued a compound fine of BND500 on Syarikat Rezaul Karim Eng Sdn Bhd on Monday for improper disposal of waste in a public area, which is a v ...

Woman receives Nine Months’ Jail for Theft from Residence Brothers jailed for trespassing, mischief more

Cambodia Union Leaders convicted over Protests, Jail Terms suspended

A Cambodian court found six union leaders guilty on Tuesday of instigating violent protests against the government in 2013 and 2014, but suspended their jail terms.

Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage Phnom Penh Authorities ban March for Human Rights Day Legal Aid for Kingdom's vulnerable more

Batam drafts Plastic Use Restriction Regulation

Batam, Riau Islands, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The regional government of Batam City, Riau Islands Province, is now drafting a regulation on the restriction of plastic use in various internal official ceremonies.

Supreme Court suspends Judge over alleged Graft Case Law and Regulations need Periodical Evaluation: Expert Indonesia, USA strengthen Cooperation in combating Transnational Cyber Crimes more

Heritage Regions Bill submitted ahead of UNESCO Deadline

The Religious Affairs and Culture Ministry yesterday submitted to the Upper House (Amyotha Hluttaw) a new draft law for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage regions, which is a UNESCO requirement for Baga ...

Kachin Activists imprisoned for Peaceful Protest Employers encouraged to embrace Disability Inclusion Women’s Law set for Enactment Next Year more

SC halts Motorcycle Ride-Hailing App Angkas Ops

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - Online motorcycle backride service provider Angkas will have to suspend operations following a temporary restraining order (TRO) handed down by the Supreme Court (SC).

Sandiganbayan bars Ex-judge from holding Public Office Congress grants Martial Law Extension until end of 2019 House passes "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Bill" more

Condo Management has no Power to make by-Law: Judge

A condominium management corporation took a unit owner to court to pay damages it had based on a condo by-law - but the High Court ruled that the MC did not have the power to make such a by-law in the first place.

Changes to Law on Criminal Detention without Trial to kick in Next Year Appeal in Scammer's Case leads to new Sentencing Structure Court allows Unwed Mom's bid to take Son to London more

Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

NLA confirms its Adherence to Rule of Law Donations to Political Party now Tax Deductible Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants more
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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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New e-Payment Taxation to facilitate Online Retailers: RD

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - The new e-payment taxation is designed to support the growth of electronic transactions and to help online retailers pay the tax more conveniently, said Revenue Department's (RD) Spokesman Pinsai Suraswadi.

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Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.

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Go hails Silay City for Fair implementation of Law

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday commended Silay City for its fair implementation of laws and ordinances even if it resulted in the removal of a tarpaulin bearing his name at the city plaza.

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JBC opens Application for SC, LEB Vacancies

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday opened the application for the vacancy in the 15-man Supreme Court (SC).

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Supreme Court suspends Judge over alleged Graft Case

Jakarta, Dec 8 (ANTARA News) - The Supreme Court has decided to temporarily suspend a Semarang district court judge after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named him a suspect in a graft case.

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