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Ministry to Adopt SOP to Handle Toxic Chemical Pollution Incidents

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) will adopt a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to address toxicological pollution. Its Deputy Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis said this was decided at the meeting of the National Committee on Management and Regulation of ...
Date: 23 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government mulls New Law to make Polluters pay for Clean-ups, Damage

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 21 (Bernama) - The government is looking into the possibility to introduce a new law to compel polluters of the environment to pay for the cleanup operations and other damages that they have caused.
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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

Environmental Quality Act 1974 may be reviewed - PM

JOHOR BAHRU, March 14 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has not ruled out the possibility that the Environmental Quality Act 1974 would be reviewed in light of the serious pollution caused by the dumping of chemical waste in Sungai Kim Kim, Pasir Gudang. This follows an outcry from the public that the punishment for those foun ...
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

20 Sen Pollution Charge in the Federal Territories effective March 15

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 10 (Bernama) - A pollution charge of 20 sen will be implemented in the Federal Territories, effective March 15, said Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abd Samad.
Date: 10 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

MESTECC: No Plans to amend Environment Quality Act

JOHOR BAHRU, Mar 9 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climatic Change (MESTECC) has no plans to amend the Environment Quality Act 1974 to provide stiffer punishments to environmental offenders.
Date: 09 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Amend Existing Laws or introduce New One to prevent Release of prohibited Fish Species into Rivers - Salahuddin

SERDANG, Feb 23 (Bernama) - The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is prepared to either amend existing laws or introduce new law to prevent the release of prohibited fish species into rivers, lakes and mining pools in the country. Its minister, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, said the ministry would, however, have to get more information on ...
Date: 23 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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

Cigarette Smokers gets Leave to initiate Judicial Review Proceeding on Smoking Ban

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 (Bernama) - A group of seven smokers, calling themselves supporters of the “Pro-Tem Pertahankan Hak Perokok” (PHP or Smokers Right Club) today obtained leave to initiate judicial review proceeding to challenge the smoking ban at all eateries as enforced by the Health Ministry on Jan 1 this year.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ministry to impose Fees on Plastic importing Companies

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) will impose new fees on local plastic importers, namely, licence fee, verification fee and charges on each tonne of imported plastic within a month from now.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

RM500 Fine for First-Time No-Smoking Offenders

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Jan 4 (Bernama) - A RM500 fine will be imposed on first-time offenders who flout the no-smoking rule at food premises.
Date: 04 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Smoking Ban in Food Premises effective January 1

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 (Bernama) - All food premises have been gazetted as no-smoking zones, effective from midnight tonight, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Date: 31 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Zero Plastic, Polystyrene in FT by 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (Bernama) - All business premises in the Federal Territory will be required to use biodegradable plastic products by 2020 as a way to preserve the sustainability of the environment, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Eatery Owners object to Smoking Ban

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 (Bernama) - More than 20,000 eatery owners under the umbrella of three associations are against the Ministry of Health’s move to ban smoking in food premises from Jan 1, 2019.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Three Environment-Related Laws to be amended

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 (Bernama) - Three laws regarding environment and wildlife will be amended to improve its governance, management and enforcement, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji said the three acts were the National Forestry Act 1984, Wildlife Conservation Act ...
Date: 24 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Terengganu will ban Plastic Bags Next Year - Exco

KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The Terengganu government will ban the use of plastic bags next year, says State Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment Committee chairman Dr Alias Razak.
Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SOP for Natural Disaster Management for Review

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (Bernama) - The existing standard operating procedure for managing natural disasters such as drought, earthquake, floods, haze and tsunami is to be reviewed.
Date: 18 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government to ban Imports of Non-recyclable Solid Waste, particularly Plastic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 (Bernama) - The government will ban imports of all non-recyclable solid waste, particularly plastic, says Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.
Date: 16 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Straws Ban for Traders and Food Outlet Operators - Federal Territories Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The ban on the use of plastic drinking straws effective Jan 1, 2020, is aimed at traders and operators of food outlets who are licence holders, and not at the public.
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New SOP to deal with open burning in Peat Soils - Yeoh Bee Yin

KLANG, Sept 1 (Bernama) - A new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be drafted soon to holistically address open burning activities particularly in areas with peat soil like Johan Setia here, said Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change Minister Yeoh Bee Yin. She said the SOP, which is expected to be drafted within a month, wo ...
Date: 01 September 2018; Type: Legal News; 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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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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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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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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200 Lawyers gather in Kuala Lumpur for TerraLex

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 13 (Bernama) - A total of 200 lawyers from 50 countries have gathered here for the TerraLex Global Meeting to discuss a wide variety of legal and economic issues impacting Malaysia.

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Chief Justice pens Touching Farewell to Colleagues

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 13 (Bernama) - "All I ask from you is to protect the judiciary no matter what others may say," said Tan Sri Richard Malanjum in his farewell message to the judges, officers and employees of the judiciary upon his retirement yesterday.

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Chief Justice Richard Malanjum retires

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum retires today after serving 27 years in the judiciary.

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Appointment of Suhakam Commissioner for Children to be announced this Month

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 11 (Bernama) - The Legal Affairs Division in the Prime Minister's Department is expected to announce the appointment of a Suhakam (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) commissioner for the portfolio of children this month.

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