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Need for effective framework in ASEAN to fight Cybercrimes - Gobind

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 6 (Bernama) - Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has stressed the need to set up an effective framework at the ASEAN level which can act as a body capable of taking action should there be threats or cybercrimes that transcend the borders of a country.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

GSIS releases Christmas Cash Gift to Pensioners

MANILA, Dec 6 (PNA) - In the spirit of the Yuletide season, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has started releasing the Christmas cash gift of its old-age and disability pensioners, currently numbering 280,000. The cash gift has been deposited to the pensioners’ eCards beginning December 1.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Corporate Tax Reform to create 1.4-M Jobs in 10 Years

MANILA, Dec 6 (PNA) - The Duterte administration’s tax reform package that aims to lower the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and overhaul the country's "convoluted" fiscal incentives system is projected to generate some 1.4 million jobs, mostly in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), over the next decade and create a business environment conducive ...
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesia wants joint ASEAN Cybersecurity Regulation

Ubud, Bali, Dec 6 (ANTARA News) - Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara assessed that ASEAN cybersecurity was among important issues to be discussed at the Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN).
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Indonesian hosts ASEAN Telecommunication Ministerial Meeting

Ubud, Bali, Dec 6 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is hosting the 19th Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and the 18th ASEAN Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) in Ubud, Bali.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Malaysia's ePassport recognised as Regional ID Document of the Year

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Dec (Bernama) - The Malaysian Immigration Department received the 2018 Regional ID Document of the Year Award, an acknowledgement for its innovative and class leading Malaysian ePassport.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Malaysia's first Geothermal Power Plant approval Withdrawn

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 (Bernama) - Parliament was informed today that the approval given to Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd to build the country’s first geothermal power plant was cancelled on Aug 29 by the government.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Cabinet reviews Draft Statement on Third Thailand-Laos Cabinet Retreat

BANGKOK, Dec 5 (NNT) - The Thai cabinet has endorsed a draft statement for the 3rd Joint Cabinet Retreat between Thailand and the Lao PDR to be held next week.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Employers encouraged to embrace Disability Inclusion

There is a business case for hiring and supporting disabled employees, and companies can now do so with the help of a guidebook.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Defence wants Judge to recuse himself from hearing Shafee's Cases

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 (Bernama) - The defence will submit an appeal to the High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah seeking that he withdraws from hearing cases on two money-laundering charges and another two on incorrect filings made to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), faced by lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Perak First State to have Shariah Supreme Court

IPOH, Dec 5 (Bernama) - Perak will be the first state in the country to have four levels of shariah courts, with the Supreme Court as the apex court, after the State Legislative Assembly today passed the Shariah Court (Perak) Enactment 2018.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Ministry received 823 Complaints since implementing SST

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 (Bernama) - Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs have received a total of 823 complaints mostly related to the rise in prices of goods since the implementation of the Sales and Service Tax (SST) on Sept 1.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Observe Malaysian Laws, pay Heed to Local Religious Adherences - Finnish Envoy

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 (Bernama) - Finnish citizens have been advised to respect Malaysian laws and regulations and pay heed to local religious adherences, says Finland Ambassador to Malaysia, Petri Puhakka.
Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Rosmari Carandang appointed as new SC Justice

Court of Appeals Justice Rosmari Carandang is the newest magistrate to be appointed to the Supreme Court occupying the seat vacated by Justice Teresita De Castro.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: University of the Philippines College of Law

Barrios tops SC Voting for Magistrate Post

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has announced the results of its voting on the list of 19 applicants vying for the post to be vacated by Associate Justice Noel Tijam who will retire from the service on January 5.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PCOO, Other Agencies recognized for 2017 ASEAN hosting

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday recognized the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and other agencies and officials for their contribution to the successful chairmanship of the Philippines for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in 2017.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Fewer retrenched this Year, says HR Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 (Bernama) - A redundancy report by the Labour Department shows that the number of dismissals has halved this year, between Jan 1 and Sept 30, compared to last year, Parliament was told today.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Society Anti-corruption Hotline launched by Ministry of Public Security

HÀ NỘI, Dec 3 - The Ministry of Public Security has opened a hotline to receive complaints relating to corruption and wrongdoings committed by police officers.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Viet Nam News

Court delays Vinasun Lawsuit against Grab

HCM City, Dec 3 (VNS/VNA) - The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court has adjourned trial proceedings brought against ride-hailing service Grab by Vinasun taxi company, which has accused Grab of unfair business practices and demanded compensation of 41.2 billion VND (1.75 million USD) for losses it has suffered.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

14,868 Contract Workers employed by Government

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 (Bernama) - Up till April 9, 2018, the government employed 14,868 people on a contractual basis for its various agencies, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Mohamed Hanipa Maidin, told Parliament today.
Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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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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