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MFPC to organize Financial Literacy Workshop in Kuching March-End

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 27 (Bernama) - To equip Malaysians with basic financial literacy, the Malaysian Financial Planning Council (MFPC) will organise a one-day workshop on March 30 in Sarawak.
Date: 27 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Laws related to Social Media Abuse will continue to be improved, Dewan Rakyat told

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 27 (Bernama) - Efforts to update and improve the laws related to social media abuse will be undertaken from time to time to ensure that the laws will stay relevant and up to date in times of rapid change, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Date: 27 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

House picks Lawyers for Budget Negotiation

The House leadership has appointed three veteran congressmen who are all lawyers to represent the chamber in a last-ditch effort to break the budget deadlock with senators. Our representatives are not only lawyers; they are also experts in all aspects of the budget process: preparation, authorization, legislation, and accountability.
Date: 25 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: House of Representatives

Nearly 30,200 Law Violation Cases uncovered in Three Months

Hanoi, Mar 25 (VNA) - The Ministry of Public Security revealed on March 25 that it had handled a total of 30,196 law violation cases from November 16, 2018 to February 15, 2019.
Date: 25 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

SC Justice Carpio's Concern on Reed Bank 'Misplaced': Palace

MANILA, Mar 26 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday said Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Antonio Carpio's concern that China can seize gas from the Reed Bank should the Philippines fail to pay its debt to China under multi-billion peso loan deals is misplaced.
Date: 26 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ welcomes 32 New Prosecutors

MANILA, Mar 26 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday announced the appointment of new prosecutors.
Date: 26 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government should consider Tax from YouTubers: Economist

Jakarta, Mar 26 (ANTARA) - The Government should consider demanding taxes from the informal sector, such as a YouTuber, as it has not been optimally explored, said the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist, Aviliani.
Date: 26 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Indonesia,Thailand enjoy Increased Trade under LCS Framework

Jakarta, Mar 26 (ANTARA) - Indonesia's direct bilateral trade with Thailand, under the local currency settlement framework, reached Rp121 billion during the period from January to February, a fourfold increase compared to Rp30 billion during the same period in 2018.
Date: 25 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Appeal by Sungai Ara Residents on Hill Slope Project: COA reserves Decision

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 26 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on the appeal by Sungai Ara residents against a High Court decision which restored the planning permission given to a property developer for a housing scheme development on sensitive hill land.
Date: 26 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

New Regulation to be a Boon for Labuan Economy

LABUAN, Mar 25 (Bernama) - Labuan Business Activity Tax (Requirements for Labuan Business Activity) Regulations 2018, which requires a Labuan entity to have adequate full-time employees on the island as well as adequate amount of operating expenditure, will be a boon for the Labuan economy.
Date: 25 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Chief Justice wants Bar cooperation to address Negative Perception of Judiciary

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 22 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum has called on the Malaysian Bar to work with the judiciary to shed the negative perception of the public towards the judicial system.
Date: 22 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Thailand to host 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI, Mar 22 (NNT) - The Finance Ministry will host the 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM) under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.”
Date: 22 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DOLE Partners with Private firm for Safe, Healthy Workforce

MANILA, Mar 23 (PNA) - The government has partnered with a private company in promoting occupational safety and health (OSH) to further ensure a healthy and productive workforce.
Date: 23 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Pharmacists urge Government to review Poisons Act 1952

PETALING JAYA, Mar 24 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Community Pharmacy Guild (MCPG) is calling on the government to review the Poisons Act 1952 to ensure the pharmaceutical industry is in sync with innovations in technology.
Date: 24 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

MCMC advises Facebook, Instagram Users to change Passwords

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 24 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has advised Facebook and Instagram users to change their passwords if they have been informed that their passwords are in the format which can be read by Facebook employees.
Date: 24 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

PRRD terminates Appointment of GRP Panel Members

MANILA, Mar 20 (PNA) - Malacañang on Wednesday confirmed the termination of the appointments of government peace negotiators with communist rebels "in view of the termination of the peace negotiations" with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malanjum keeping Mum about his Successor

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 20 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, who is due for compulsory retirement in April only smiled broadly and chose to remain secretive when asked about his successor.
Date: 20 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

ICC Prosecutors to be deported if they Probe Drug War

MANILA, Mar 18 (PNA) - Prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC), who will enter the Philippines to investigate the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, may be deported, Malacañang said on Monday.
Date: 18 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Judicial Remedies available for Politicians on Narco-List: Palace

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said judicial remedies are always available for politicians who felt aggrieved in their inclusion on the government's "narco-list" or the list of politicians allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
Date: 15 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Selangor wants tougher Environmental Laws

SHAH ALAM, Mar 17 (Bernama) - The Selangor government wants to enforce more stringent laws to address issues related to environmental pollution in the state, said Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.
Date: 17 March 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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Mobile Application on Labour Market Information Launched

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Information on Malaysia's labour market is now available at the fingertips with the launch of a new mobile application, Labour Market Information Gateway or LMI Gateway today.

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Former Lawyer Pleads not Guilty to CBT Over Client's House Sale Proceeds

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of criminal breach of trust amounting to RM338,000 which was the proceeds from the sale of a house belonging to his client three years ago.

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Manila Court orders Arrest of Acierto, Seven Others

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - A Manila court has ordered the arrest of former police official Eduardo Acierto and seven others implicated in the smuggling of shabu shipments inside magnetic lifters last year.

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SC orders Inspection of Court Houses in Quake-Affected Areas

MANILA, Apr 23 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Tuesday ordered an inspection of all court houses in areas affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on Monday afternoon.

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Cybersecurity Challenge should be viewed as an Opportunity - Gobind

CYBERJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A national innovation ecosystem needs to be developed to transform cybersecurity challenges towards forming new opportunities, ideas and solutions, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today.

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Malaysia signs ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Malaysia has signed the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).

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Former Lawyer charged with Criminal Breach of Trust

SEREMBAN, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving RM198,592.50, nine years ago.

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PCC seeks Own Probe on Luzon Power Outages

MANILA, Apr 22 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) announced that it will investigate allegations of collusion or abuse of dominance among energy companies that led to the recent series of power outages in Luzon.

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Right to Freedom of Religion guaranteed under Federal Constitution

KOTA BELUD, Apr 21 (Bernama) - The right to freedom of religion of every Malaysian is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, said Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.

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Sabah and Sarawak High Court Registrar's Office to move to Kota Kinabalu

SANDAKAN, Apr 21 (Bernama) -- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today confirmed that the Office of the Registrar of the Sabah and Sarawak High Court will be relocated from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.

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Government awaits Approval from Malay Rulers on New Chief Justice - Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Apri 19 (Bernama) - The government is awaiting approval from the Malay Rulers for the appointment of a new Chief Justice, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

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Double Pay for Workers on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Workers who will report to work on April 18 and 19 will receive twice their regular daily wages as both days have been declared regular holidays, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Wednesday.

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Palace suspends Government Work for Holy Week Exodus

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Malacañang suspended work on Wednesday (April 17), 12 noon onwards, to allow government employees to travel to their respective regions in time for the observance of Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Good Friday (April 19).

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JBC asks Applicant to comment on Gadon Opposition

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has asked an applicant for a vacancy in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to comment on an opposition to her appointment filed last month by senatorial candidate and lawyer, Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.

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PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the acquisition of the majority stake in PHINMA Energy by Ayala Corporation’s power branch, AC Energy.

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8,254 Workers Re-employed after getting Assistance from ESO

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 16 (Bernama) - A total of 8,254 unemployed workers have been re-employed after receiving assistance from the employment service officers (ESOs) since the Re-Employment Placement Programme for Employment Insurance System (EIS) commenced in August 2018.

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Two Indonesians fined RM100,000 for Possessing Illicit Cigarettes

KLANG, Apr 16 (Bernama) - Two Indonesian retail shop workers were fined RM100,000 by the Magistrate Court here today after pleading guilty to possessing 854 packs of illegal cigarettes of various brands valued at RM1,668.56.

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"Go to the Mosque, get Closer to God," Judge advises Robber

IPOH, Apr 16 (Bernama) - "Go to the mosque, get closer to God, be a good person and stop taking drugs," Sessions Court judge Azman Abu Hassan told a palm oil fruit collector.

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