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Government to launch TV Show against Fake News

The Ministry of Information is set to launch a live programme on the National Television of Kampuchea (TVK) channel in a bid to counter fake news.
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Government to follow Court’s wishes should Rainsy make a Return

A government statement on Tuesday said legal action would be taken against former opposition leader Sam Rainsy should the Supreme Court request it, if he were to return to Cambodia.
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

DOJ welcomes Eight New Prosecutors

MANILA, Jan 24 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has named eight new prosecutors to various positions in the National Prosecution Service (NPS).
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Vietnam, Singapore step up Criminal Justice Assistance

Hanoi, Jan 22 (VNA) - Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has asked the Supreme People’s Procuracy of Vietnam and Singapore’s Office of Attorney-General to step up coordination in criminal justice assistance and criminal asset recovery.
Date: 22 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

US imposes Ban on New Filipino Workers

MANILA, Jan 22 (PNA) - New workers from the Philippines are no longer allowed to seek employment under H2 status in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced.
Date: 22 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN Meet rocks No Boats on Rakhine, South China Sea

Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday hewed to the group’s practice of reaching the least provocative consensus possible in discussions of such divisive issues as Myanmar’s Rakhine crisis and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
Date: 21 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Dr Mahathir, Kurz Meet to further strengthen Malaysia-Austria Ties

VIENNA, Jan 21 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today arrived at the Federal Chancellery here and had a meeting with the Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria, Sebastian Kurz.
Date: 21 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Hanipa defends Dinner Dance Custom of Lawyers

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 (Bernama) - The Sabah Law Society (SLS) shindig which made the news yesterday for a video showing the Attorney-General (AG), Chief Justice (CJ) and a Minister doing The Twist has been blown out of proportion, believes Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law), Mohamed Hanipa Maidin.
Date: 20 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Proposal to abolish Death Sentence not made in haste - Coalition against the Death Penalty

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 (Bernama) - Malaysian Coalition Against the Death Penalty today refuted former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor's statement that the government's decision to abolish the death penalty had been made in haste.
Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Entrepreneurs' Comprehensive Plan will be ready in June - Rina

TANAH RATA, Jan 18 (Bernama) - The Rural Development Ministry is in the midst of formulating a comprehensive and sustainable plan for entrepreneurs, known as entrepreneur road map, to help advance the group.
Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Chief Justice to file Affidavit-in-Reply to Suit by Karpal's Daughter

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 18 (Bernama) - Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Richard Malanjum will file an affidavit in reply to the legal suit filed by the late Karpal Singh’s daughter in connection with the alleged interference by the judiciary in the outcome of her father’s sedition case and on the religious conversion of three Hindu children ...
Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Thai News Agency

January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Gobind announces Five-Year Strategic Plan of Communications and Multimedia Ministry

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo today announced the 2019-2023 Strategic Plan for the ministry and its departments and agencies that encompasses six strategic thrusts.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

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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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