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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.
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

Amend Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997- WWF - Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU, Aug 28 (Bernama) - WWF- Malaysia today reiterated its call for the state government to amend the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 to preserve and prevent further killing of endangered elephants in Sabah.
Date: 28 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Company fined RM18,000 for unauthorized depositing of Waste

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 13 (Bernama) - A construction company was fined RM18,000 by the Sessions Court here today for depositing its solid waste at a housing area.
Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government mull amending Wildlife Conservation Act 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 (Bernama) - The government is studying to amend the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 by introducing mandatory jail sentences against individuals caught hunting wildlife illegally. Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Dr Xavier Jayakumar said his ministry would work with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks ...
Date: 29 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

AP on Importation of Plastic Waste for 114 Factories revoked

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Bernama) - The Housing and Local Government Ministry has revoked the approved permits (AP) on the importation of the HS Code 3915 plastic waste for three months, effective yesterday, of 114 companies and factories nationwide.
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Call for Transparent Environmental Impact Assessment before approving Quarry Permit

KUANTAN, July 24 (Bernama) - The Pahang state government has been asked to conduct a transparent environmental impact assessment before granting approval to and sand quarry permit application. Assemblyman Lee Chin Chen (DAP-Bilut) said this was vital as quarry activities were polluting the river, as allegedly happened at Sungai Perting in Bent ...
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Junz calls for Total Ban on Sand Mining and Dredging in Keningau

KOTA KINABALU, July 1 (Bernama) - Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Junz Wong has made a call for total ban on sand mining and dredging activities in Keningau.
Date: 01 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Lorry driver fined RM17,000 for Illegal Dumping of Waste

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 25 (Bernama) - A lorry driver was fined RM17,000 in default three months' jail by the Sessions Court here today for dumping construction debris at a residential area.
Date: 25 April 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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