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CA Justice, Judge named to Court Rules Revision Body

MANILA, Feb 8 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has named two new members to the high court's committee on the revision of the Rules of Court.
Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sabah Government should Consider amending Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 - Lee Lam Thye

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (Bernama) - The Sabah State Government should consider amending its Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 to make the killing of fully protected animals as a strict liability offence, animal rights activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye urged.
Date: 10 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

High Roller can now contest Casino's $10M Suit

A default $10 million judgment against an Australian-Chinese tycoon for alleged casino debts was set aside by the High Court, and allowed his appeal to enter his defence and contest the case in a court trial.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Cases at Court in push to tackle Jail Overcrowding

A working group established to streamline court procedures, with the aim of resolving prison overcrowding, last week began sending cases to municipal and provincial courts throughout the country, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin said on Wednesday.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Voters reminded of Rights under 2017 Constitution

BANGKOK, Feb 5 (NNT) - Pertinent information for voters has been announced by authorities in preparation for the general election.
Date: 05 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Thai News Agency

CA approves Lizada's CSC Appointment

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday approved the ad interim appointment of Civil Service Commission (CSC) commissioner Aileen Lizada.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Employers' Group to regularize 200K Workers: DOLE

MANILA, Feb 6 (PNA) - Some 220,000 private sector employees of Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP)-member companies will be regularized in three years, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Wednesday.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Malaysia ranks First in World's Best Healthcare Category

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) - Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

No Cabinet reshuffle, Says Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dismissed rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle that would reportedly take place after the Chinese New Year festival, saying there was no such thing.
Date: 06 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Circuit Court vital for Sook - Chief Justice

KENINGAU, Feb 5 (Bernama) - The establishment of a circuit court is vital for the small district of Sook to enable the people to solve their legal issues, according to Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum.
Date: 05 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

President appoints New Judicial Commissioner

The current Supreme Court registrar Mr. Vincent Hoonghas been appointed as a judicial commissioner by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister, and will serve for a year starting from April 10.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

SC sets Oral Arguments on Legal Education Board Issue

MANILA, Feb 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has set oral arguments on the suits challenging the validity of the Legal Education Board (LEB).
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Legislator receives Two-Month Sentence for using State Car for Campaign

Sleman, Yogyakarta, Feb 4 (ANTARA News) - The Sleman district court, Monday, sentenced Vice Chairman of the Gunung Kidul District Legislative Council (DPRD) Ngadiyono to two months' imprisonment, with a four-month probation period, for using a state car for a legislative campaign.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Draft Law on Heritage Sites needs to be stronger, Civic Groups say

Mandalay residents, civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental groups said the draft amendments of the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Law needs to be made stronger by including a mechanism for public participation.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Facebook bans Electoral Ads before Thai Election

Hanoi, Jan 31 (VNA) - Facebook said on January 31 that it will block foreign electoral ads in Thailand in the run-up to the country’s election scheduled on March 24.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

BIR Chief vows further widening of Tax Base

MANILA, Feb 1 (PNA) - Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay on Friday vowed to set in motion a more stringent audit program to further improve the tax base, which grew 5 percent in 2018.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Contact IRB for Clarification on Voluntary Disclosure, Taxpayers told

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 1 (Bernama) - Tax payers who receive letters or email from the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) in relation to the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme need not worry but instead contact the revenue collection department to seek further clarification.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

New Cryptocurrency for Online Gaming

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 (Bernama) - Five Colors Technologies Ltd has announced that new cryptocurrency, Five Colors Coin (FCC), is to become e-sports money and will be listed on CoinBene with the initial exchange offering (IEO) carried out today.  
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Thailand to push RCEP Deal

THAILAND, Jan 31 - as Asean chair, will push for conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations by the year-end in order to counterbalance the negative impacts of the US-China trade war.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

House hopes to pass ROTC Bill by February 6

MANILA, Jan 31 (PNA) - A ranking leader at the House of Representatives said Thursday they hope to approve the bill reviving mandatory Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) training for senior high school students on third and final reading by February 6 before Congress goes on recess for the national campaign for the mid-term elections.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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