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Three Stateless Children get Citizenship, ending Years of Legal Battle

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) - It's a joyous day for three stateless children who were born in Malaysia as the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved to register them as citizens of Malaysia.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Cabinet to decide on tabling Proposal to abolish Death Penalty - Liew

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - The Cabinet will make a decision on the tabling in Parliament of the proposal to abolish the death penalty before the Dewan Rakyat convenes next month, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said today.
Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court dismisses Bid to restrain Developer from entering Temple Site

SHAH ALAM, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The High Court here today dismissed with cost an application for an interlocutory injunction by 50 devotees of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya to restrain One City Development Sdn Bhd, the developer-owner of the temple site, from entering the land for the purpose of its demolition.
Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government to table Bill to abolish Sedition Act in March

SANDAKAN, Jan 26 (Bernama) - The bill to abolish the Sedition Act 1948 is expected to be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat sitting in March, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today. He said after the abolition, the government would then introduce a new Act. He said this when met by reporters at the drago ...
Date: 26 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New Acts to tackle Issues on Unity, Racial and Religious Sensitivities

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - Issues involving unity as well as racial and religious sensitivities, which now come under the Sedition Act, will be dealt with through new legislation, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa. He said the matter was among several issues discussed at the Cabinet meet ...
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

High Court denies Musa Aman Overseas Medical Treatment trip

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 (Bernama) - The High Court today reversed a Sessions Court order allowing former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman to be given his impounded passport to travel abroad for medical treatment.
Date: 16 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court frees Blogger who posted Fake Photos of Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 (Bernama) - A part-time blogger who uploaded links and posted a fake photo of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on his Facebook page three years ago, was acquitted and discharged by the Ampang Sessions Court here today.
Date: 30 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Johor rejects any Laws which go against Constitution - MB

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Dec 2 (Bernama) - The Johor government not only rejects the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) which is a cause of worry for many people especially the Malays, but also vows to reject any laws which contravene the Federal Constitution and the Johor State Constitution.
Date: 02 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government will not ratify ICERD - PMO

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 (Bernama) - The Pakatan Harapan government will not ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the Prime Minister’s Office said today. The ICERD issue had elicited various reactions from the people, including ministers, MPs, representatives of NGOs and the ma ...
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Universities cannot block Intellectual Activities - Maszlee

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 (Bernama) - Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik stressed that universities cannot curb any activities which are intellectual in nature on their respective premises.
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Mahathir says almost impossible to implement ICERD

PORT MORESBY (Papua New Guinea), Nov 18 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said implementing the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) would entail amending the Federal Constitution, and this is an almost impossible thing to do. The Malaysian prime minister pointed out that a two-thirds parl ...
Date: 18 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

ICERD: Government gives Assurance over Article 153

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The government today gave the assurance that it will not abolish Article 153 of the Federal Constitution if it ratifies the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD). Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy gave the assurance in the Dewan Ra ...
Date: 15 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Need to address, curb questioning of Constitution - Sultan Sharafuddin

SHAH ALAM, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The act of a certain group in questioning the sanctity of Islam, the special rights of the Malays and Bumiputeras, the national language, and the function and position of the Malay Rulers enshrined in the Federal Constitution need to be immediately addressed and curbed.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Cabinet decided Death Penalty for 32 Offences be ended - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The Cabinet has decided that the death penalty for 32 offences under eight acts of law be abolished, and this includes Section 302 of the Penal Code (murder), said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong. He said the decision, which was reached collectively, also encompassed the F ...
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Pua allowed to appeal on whether PM is Public Officer

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 5 (Bernama) - The Federal Court will hear and decide on the issue, whether the Prime Minister (PM) is a public officer or not. This follows the decision of a three-man bench to give the nod to Damansara Member of Parliament, Tony Pua Kiam Wee to appeal over his tort of misfeasance lawsuit against former prime minister, Datuk Ser ...
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Abolishing of Death Penalty: Comprehensive Study necessary

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (Bernama) - A comprehensive study regarding the implications that will be faced must be conducted by the government on the proposal to abolish the mandatory death sentence, former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Norian Mai said.
Date: 28 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Federal Court decides Three Judges of Previous Panel to deliver Verdict in "Bin Abdullah"

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The remaining three judges from the earlier Federal Court five-man bench will deliver its verdict on whether a Muslim child conceived out of wedlock could bear his or her father's surname, instead of "Abdullah". Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, chairing a seven-man bench, decided not to rehear the appeal to ...
Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Dr Mahathir to pursue Appeal over Appointment of Former Top Judges

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 9 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will pursue his appeal over the appointment of former Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, despite the Federal Court’s refusal to answer legal questions on the appointments in another case. Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Kh ...
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government to amend Article 1(2) of Federal Constitution to restore Status of Sabah, Sarawak

KUCHING, Oct 8 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the government will amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court rejects Altantuya's Family Bid to use Federal Court Criminal Verdict in Civil Suit

SHAH ALAM, Oct 1 (Bernama) - The High Court here today rejected the application filed by Dr Shaariibuu Setev and his family to use the Federal Court criminal verdict over his daughter, Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder, in their RM100 million civil suit. Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo representing Shaariibuu, when met by reporters said th ...
Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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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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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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Najib's New Money Laundering Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Bernama) - The case of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak involving three additional charges of money laundering to the tune of RM27 million of SRC International funds will be heard in the High Court.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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