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Judiciary Misconduct Allegation: Government open to all options on Actions to be taken

SANDAKAN, Feb 16 (Bernama) - The government will leave all options opened, including a proposal to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI), with regard to action the government should take following an allegation made by a Court of Appeal judge on misconducts within the judiciary. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the government viewed the allegation made by judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer as “very, very serious” as it affected the judiciary.

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Vietnam asks Countries to respect and implement Law on Territorial Waters

Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency
Hanoi, Feb 16 (VNA) - Vietnam has called on countries to continue making active and practical contributions to the maintenance of peace and stability as well as respect and implement relevant international legal obligations on territorial waters and oceans, according to spokesperson of Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang.

NLA passes Seven Bills

Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency
BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly of Thailand endorsed the draft Land Code Amendment Act in its first reading this week and passed into law seven other acts this week.

Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
A Mandalay court on Wednesday sentenced seven Yadanabon University students who protested for better security on their campus to five months in jail.
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PRRD signs Rice Tariffication Bill into Law

Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday signed the rice tariffication bill into law, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed in a text message to reporters.

Round Table Retreat reviews Implementation of 2018 Recommendations

Date: 17 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times
The government and development partners met in Vientiane on Friday to discuss translation of the key recommendations of the 2018 Round Table Meeting into concrete follow-up actions.

Government has begun repaying Tax Refund Arrears, says Guan Eng

Date: 16 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 (Bernama) - The government has begun the process of repaying tax refund arrears amounting to RM37 billion, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Welfare Worker fined for splashing Petrol on Office Floor

Date: 15 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PETALING JAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - A welfare worker was fined RM5,000, in default five months’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for criminal intimidation by splashing petrol on the floor of the management office of an apartment here last Saturday.

Unlicensed Hotel, AirBnB Operators urged to register with Tourism Ministry

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Unlicensed hotel operators and those offering vacation rental services on AirBnB, must register with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture immediately to avoid legal action.

Hedcor Inc v Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Date: 11 February 2019; Court: Court of Tax Appeals; Citation: CTA EB No. 1733; Source: Court of Tax Appeals

Alaric Vivencio C De Andres v Spouses Atanacio S Cristobal and Another

Date: 07 February 2019; Court: Court of Tax Appeals; Citation: CTA EB No. 1701; Source: Court of Tax Appeals

Commissioner of Customs v Philippine Airlines Inc

Date: 07 February 2019; Court: Court of Tax Appeals; Citation: CTA EB No. 1731; Source: Court of Tax Appeals

Asia United Leasing & Finance Corporation v Commissioner of Internal Revenue

Date: 12 February 2019; Court: Court of Tax Appeals; Citation: CTA Case No. 8735; Source: Court of Tax Appeals

RMJR Grains Center Corporation v Commissioner of Customs, Bureau of Customs

Date: 08 February 2019; Court: Court of Tax Appeals; Citation: CTA Case Nos. 9156 to 9160; Source: Court of Tax Appeals

Public Prosecutor v Mohammad Azwan bin Bohari

Date: 11 February 2019; Court: High Court; Citation: [2019] SGHC 23; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

D Rashpal Singh Sidhu v Public Prosecutor

Date: 07 February 2019; Court: High Court; Citation: [2019] SGHC 25; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

Leong Yim Ling v Moey Park Moon

Date: 08 February 2019; Court: High Court; Citation: [2019] SGHC 26; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Family Law - Maintenance - Assessment; Family Law - Matrimonial assets - Division

House approves establishment of Philippine Ship Registry

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9042, seeking to establish the Philippines as a leading maritime nation and respected flag State.

House approves Bill declaring PUP as National Polytechnic University

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives passed on second reading House Bill 9023 which seeks to strengthen the Charter of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) by declaring it as the National Polytechnic University (NPU) to continuously give quality yet affordable education to poor but deserving students.

Sentencing Guide 'likely needed' for PMD Offences

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The High Court has said that it is best to allow a number of personal mobility device (PMD) offenders' cases to be brought before the courts so that a sentencing framework to deal with the issue may be framed in due course.

Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency
BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

Constitutional Court accepts EC’s Petition to rule on Thai Raksa Chart Party

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency
BANGKOK, Feb 14, (NNT) - The Constitutional Court has accepted the Election Commission’s (EC) petition to rule on the proposed dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart Party.

No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

Man gets 30 Years' Jail, Whipping for raping, sexually assaulting Girlfriend's Daughter

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) - An unemployed man was sentenced to 30 years’ jail and eight strokes of the cane by the Special Criminal Court on Sexual Crimes Against Children here, after he pleaded guilty to raping and committing physical sexual assaults to his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter until she gave birth to a baby girl.

Zamri bin Mohd Tahir v Public Prosecutor

Date: 11 February 2019; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2019] SGCA 9; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Criminal Law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act

Cai Mei Ying v Public Prosecutor

Date: 07 February 2019; Court: High Court; Citation: [2019] SGHC 24; Source: Singapore Law Watch

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Bill establishing Task Force for Tourists approved on Second Reading

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8961 or the proposed “Tourist Protection and Assistance Act,” which seeks to establish an intergovernmental task force for the protection and assistance of tourists during their travel around the Philippines.

Manila Court orders arrest of Rappler Head for Cyber Libel

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A Manila court has issued a warrant of arrest against online news outfit Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa for cyber libel.

SC junks Pamatong Suit vs PRRD

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency
MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the quo warranto petition questioning the legality of the assumption of President Rodrigo R. Duterte filed by erstwhile presidential candidate Ely Pamatong in 2018.
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Bankers seek Clarity over Foreign Equity in Myanmar Banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have fla ...

Parliament: Law to tackle Money Laundering passed House ratifies 2019 National Budget Consultation Paper on Outsourcing by Banks and Merchant Banks more

Corporate Social Responsibility Bill approved

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9061, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to encourage all business organizations established a ...

Tuan Mat Bin Tuan Ismail v Tan Ah Hin and 4 Others SCK Serijadi Sdn Bhd v Artison Interior Pte Ltd Shencourt Sdn Bhd v Shencourt Properties Sdn Bhd more

Welfare Worker fined for splashing Petrol on Office Floor

PETALING JAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - A welfare worker was fined RM5,000, in default five months’ jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for criminal intimidation by splashing petrol on the floor of the manag ...

Public Prosecutor v Mohammad Azwan bin Bohari D Rashpal Singh Sidhu v Public Prosecutor Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail more

Pension closer as Government creates Draft Law on Social Security Funds

Pensions for those in the private sector moved closer after the National Assembly and ministries of Economy and Finance, and Labour and Vocational Training created a draft law on social security funds.

House approves OFW Remittance Protection Bill Tabling of Sexual Harassment Bill not in March to ensure Comprehensiveness - Hannah Yeoh Senate ratifies First Time Job-Seekers Assistance Bill more

Court pilots Video 'Tele-hearing' for High Risk, Sickly Inmates

MANILA, Feb 11 (PNA) - New court rules authorizing the use of video-teleconferencing for high risk detainees to be tried without the need to actually stepping into courtrooms will soon be tested, the Supreme Court (SC) s ...

High Court allows Prosecution to withdraw Application for Rizal, Rosmah's Joint Trial SC suspends Lawyer for threatening Harry Roque Supreme Court sends 2016 ‘Drug Dealer’ Case Back to Appeal Court more

Strata Titles Boards to review Mediation, Arbitration Processes

The Strata Titles Board is going to review the entire process of how mediation and arbitration hearings are conducted, so as to avoid stand-off between parties that may hold up vital repair works.

Real Estate Services Bill submitted to Parliament NLA approves New Land Traffic Act After Three Years, Regulations under Condominium Law firm up more

Government has begun repaying Tax Refund Arrears, says Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 (Bernama) - The government has begun the process of repaying tax refund arrears amounting to RM37 billion, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

Hedcor Inc v Commissioner of Internal Revenue Alaric Vivencio C De Andres v Spouses Atanacio S Cristobal and Another Commissioner of Customs v Philippine Airlines Inc more

House approves Bill establishing "On-line Network Policy for the Philippines"

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 174 votes, House Bill 3437 which seeks to provide for an on-line network establishment (ONE) policy for the country.

NTC sets Hearing on Mandatory Unlocking of Mobile Phones Japan helps Myanmar to enact Cybersecurity Law Cabinet's Nod to Digital Laws more

NLA passes Seven Bills

BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly of Thailand endorsed the draft Land Code Amendment Act in its first reading this week and passed into law seven other acts this week.

PRRD signs Rice Tariffication Bill into Law Round Table Retreat reviews Implementation of 2018 Recommendations Judiciary Misconduct Allegation: Government open to all options on Actions to be taken 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

Pension closer as Government creates Draft Law on Social Security Funds

Pensions for those in the private sector moved closer after the National Assembly and ministries of Economy and Finance, and Labour and Vocational Training created a draft law on social security funds.

EU starts EBA withdrawal NGOs call for Speedy Passage of Information Freedom Law Ministry approves New Party more

Round Table Retreat reviews Implementation of 2018 Recommendations

The government and development partners met in Vientiane on Friday to discuss translation of the key recommendations of the 2018 Round Table Meeting into concrete follow-up actions.

Government unveils New Development Vision Ministry keeping Close Check on Air Quality VP urges Justice Officials to ensure Law Enforcement more

Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail

A Mandalay court on Wednesday sentenced seven Yadanabon University students who protested for better security on their campus to five months in jail.

Bankers seek Clarity over Foreign Equity in Myanmar Banks Thousands of Workers march for stronger Labour Laws Parliament passes Gemstone Bill amid Criticism more

Rainwater Harvesting Facility Bill approved

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill No. 4340 or the proposed “Rainwater Harvesting Facility Act,” which seeks to require the establishment and maintenance of rainwater harvestin ...

PRRD signs Rice Tariffication Bill into Law Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest more

NLA passes Seven Bills

BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly of Thailand endorsed the draft Land Code Amendment Act in its first reading this week and passed into law seven other acts this week.

Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March Constitutional Court accepts EC’s Petition to rule on Thai Raksa Chart Party Government affirms NCPO Order 2/2019 is Fake more
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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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Government affirms NCPO Order 2/2019 is Fake

BANGKOK, Feb 11 (NNT) - The Government has affirmed that the circulating NCPO Order 2/2019 is fake.

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ASEAN Secretariat calls for Nominations for ASEAN Prize 2019

Jakarta(ANTARA News) - Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat calls for nominations for the prestigious regional award ASEAN Prize 2019 acknowledging an individual`s or organization`s inspiring and outstanding achievements in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting ASEAN spirit, and championing ASEAN way.

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Thousands of Workers march for stronger Labour Laws

Thousands of workers on Sunday marched in downtown Yangon to demand that the country’s labour laws meet International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards.

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ASEAN NCAP labelling Guideline Compliance to become Compulsory from March 2020

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 (Bernama) - Starting March 1 next year, automotive companies selling motor vehicles in Malaysia will be compelled to comply with the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP) Labelling Guideline.

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New Policies, Incentives needed under EAC to spur Investments

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - New policies and incentives must be formulated to encourage both domestic and foreign private investments for the newly minted Economic Action Council (EAC) to achieve its aim of stimulating sustainable growth.

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SC Chairman elected Vice Chair of International Organisation of Securities Commission

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) chairman Datuk Syed Zaid Albar has been elected vice-chair of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) Committee.

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Economic Action Council formed

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11 (Bernama) - The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) today announced the establishment of the Economic Action Council, which is tasked with scrutinising and making decisions regarding economic and financial affairs as well as the people's well-being.

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