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Workers' Strike due to Three Months Unpaid Salary - Labour Department

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 31 (Bernama) - The Labour Department has found that the recent three-day strike by some 2,000 foreign workers at a rubber glove manufacturing company in Sepang, Selangor, was triggered by the company’s failure to pay workers’ salaries for three months since November last year.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Sultan Abdullah sworn in as the New King

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 (Bernama) - The Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, was sworn in today as the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong in a ceremony steeped in tradition at Istana Negara here.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

PTA to launch iLEARN Online Training Platform

The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) will soon launch an online training platform that would enable employees of the Department of Finance (DOF) and its attached agencies to remotely access the institution’s course offerings via the Internet.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Finance

‘Build, Build, Build’ to prioritize Jobs for Filipino Workers

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - The Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program will prioritize the employment of Filipino skilled workers before hiring foreigners, a public works official said on Wednesday.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

JBC begins Deliberations for SC Post Thursday

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) will start on Thursday its deliberations on the 22 applicants vying for the position of Associate Justice in the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Mislatel franchise 'Ipso Facto' Revocation has legal effect: IBP

MANILA, Jan 30 (PNA) - The "ipso facto" revocation of Mislatel's franchise must be seriously considered with regard to its status as the country's new major player in the telecommunications industry, the national president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said Wednesday.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Ministry keeping Close Check on Air Quality

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has been keeping a close eye on air quality in Vientiane as Bangkok suffers high pollution levels.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

GST Refunds being paid out in Stages: Customs D-G

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 30 (Bernama) - Most of the claims for Goods and Services Tax (GST) refunds submitted to the Royal Malaysian Customs Department have moved past the review process with payouts having commenced and expected to proceed in stages until year-end, says director-general Datuk Seri T. Subromaniam.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Bursa appoints Shireen Muhiudeen as Non-Executive Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 (Bernama) - Bursa Malaysia Bhd has appointed Datuk Shireen Ann Zaharah Muhiudeen as public interest director and non-executive chairman to succeed Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz, effective March 1, 2019.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

DOLE to prioritize Reemployment of Hanjin Workers

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to prioritize the reemployment of workers of the Hanjin Heavy Industries Construction Philippines (HHIC Phil.), who will be affected by the company’s rehabilitation.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Privacy Watchdog probes Globe Data Breach

MANILA, Jan 29 (PNA) - The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is conducting its investigation on the data breach involving Globe Telecom, which may have put at risk the personal information of 8,851 subscribers.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

VP urges Justice Officials to ensure Law Enforcement

Vice President Phankham Viphavanh yesterday advised the justice sector to strictly implement the country’s laws in a bid to ensure justice for all members of society.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Thailand seeks Ways to improve Land Management

Representatives of the Lao and Thai governments are meeting in Vientiane to discuss land management with the aim of strengthening the regulations and preventing the misuse of land in Laos.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Rights Committee in UPR Review

The Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) led a delegation to participate in the 32nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, for the third time, it said in a press release issued on Friday. It said Cambodia had already submitted documents last November for the review.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

SC asked to drop All Suits vs Martial Law Extension

MANILA, Jan 28 (PNA) - Government lawyers have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the three new petitions questioning the validity of the extension of martial law in Mindanao.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ministry moves Forward with Justice Development Plan

The Ministry of Justice will carry out plans to process outstanding court cases, raise public awareness of improvements in the law, conduct capacity building for officials, and resolve unsettled legal issues.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Singapore HIV-Positive Data leaked Online

SINGAPORE, Jan 28 (Bernama) - Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) has ascertained that confidential information regarding 14,200 individuals diagnosed with HIV up to January 2013, and 2,400 of their contacts, is in the possession of an unauthorised person.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Sultan Abdullah is Malaysia's 16th King

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 (Bernama) - The Sultan of Pahang, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was appointed the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) of Malaysia today, a historic event which upheld the unique monarchial rotational system.
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

SSM Digital CTC Documents valid and certified

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (Bernama) - The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) said all certified true copy (CTC) documents issued through its online system are valid and certified like the documents stored in SSM register.
Date: 25 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Public advised against using Agents to settle Traffic Summonses

KUCHING, Jan 24 (Bernama) - Members of the public have been advised to settle their traffic summonses or compounds using the proper channels and not through agents, said Bukit Aman Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department director Datuk Azisman Alias.
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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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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