myanmar - General & Misc

New Investment-related Ministry to be announced

The National League for Democracy-led government is going to add one more ministry soon which is likely to deal with investment matters.
Date: 12 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

21 Bills to be tackled in upcoming 10th Regular Sitting of Parliament

The 10th regular sitting of the Hluttaw will start on November 12 and is expected to debate reports about the budget, taxes, and national debt for the fiscal year 2017-18.
Date: 07 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government collects 20 per cent more in Taxes

The Internal Revenue Department (IRD), which collects 80 percent of all taxes in the country, collected K2.5 trillion across five categories of taxes during the six-month interim budget period between April and September. This is 20pc more than forecast, according to a statement issued by the department.
Date: 31 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Myanmar Rights Commission urges Repatriation of Refugees

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission is urging the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to immediately start the repatriation of more than 700,000 Muslims from northern Rakhine State who fled to Bangladesh.
Date: 02 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Retired Prosecutor nominated for Yangon Advocate General

A retired prosecutor who also served as director of the Myanmar Attorney General’s Office has been nominated for the post of Yangon Advocate General, replacing U Han Thoo, who faces a bribery charge.
Date: 27 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Renewable Energy Law in the Works to speed up Development

The Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) is drafting a renewable energy law to develop the sector, said U Maung Maung Kyaw, Chief Engineer from the Department of Renewable Energy and Hydropower Plants under the MOEE.
Date: 19 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Thailand to legalize Illegal Fish Workers

Thailand would soon start legalising thousands of illegal Myanmar workers in its fishing industry as a first step to the signing of an agreement to provide more workers for the business, which is struggling with a labour shortage.
Date: 13 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Representatives call for Review of SOE Law

Representatives of Parliament have urged lawmakers to review an existing law under which the government must bail out loss-making State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) with public funds.
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

ASEAN stands by a Friend in Need, despite Differences

Response from fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the way Myanmar is handling the northern Rakhine crisis has been mixed.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Officials seek Legal Advice on Karen Martyrs Day Organisers

Local officials in Hinthada township in Ayeyarwady Region are still awaiting legal advice whether to sue the organizers of the Karen Martyrs Day event held last weekend, township administrator U Than Naing said.
Date: 17 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Restrictions imposed on Reporters covering the Parliament

Before the start of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting, on August 15, journalists were given a paper that contained 18 rules they have to abide when gathering news in the parliament.
Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Government embraces Digital Registration System for Businesses

With the Myanmar Companies Law now enforced, investors intending to start business in the country should register their firms online at the Myanmar Companies Online (MyCO) website from August 1 onwards, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Draft Higher Education Law to be amended

The Ministry of Education and student representatives have agreed to amend the draft of the higher education law to make it more responsive to the needs of the country’s education system.
Date: 03 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Hluttaw to discuss Ban on Cattle Export

Parliament will discuss a legislator’s proposal to ban the export of cattle that are used in seasonal cultivation.
Date: 25 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Ultranationalists Warn of Trouble after Sign Ban

A charity group formed by members of a banned ultranationalist group has warned the state religious authority that it would be to blame for any unrest arising from its order to the group to remove its signboards within 45 days.
Date: 25 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Ministries to get Special Anti-Graft Units

Special units will be set up in ministries to strengthen the government’s campaign against corrupt officials, according to a spokesman of the Anti-Corruption Commission Myanmar.
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Students call for Higher Education Law

A Stundent coordination team submitted a request to the minister of Education on Monday for a meeting about drafting a higher education law and university charters.
Date: 20 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

After Delay, Disability Rights Rules and Regulations published

The Social Welfare, Rescue and Resettlement Ministry last week released long-awaited regulations for the Disability Rights Law that was enacted in June 2015.
Date: 13 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Late by-Law may delay Municipal Election

Yangon Region will elect members of the Yangon City Development Committee in December, Daw Than Myint Aung, a member of the committee, told reporters last week.
Date: 10 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

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Lawyers raise Concerns over Move to cut Fees

In one of the Law Society's biggest townhall sessions, close to 1,000, or one in five, practising lawyers turned up on Monday to discuss with Law Minister K Shanmugam the recommended scale costs they could charge under the proposed civil justice reforms.

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President to conduct Bilateral Meetings and Other Summit Activities

Singapore, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), on the second day of a working visit to Singapore, will hold various bilateral meetings and attend several ASEAN summits with partner countries.

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President Jokowi highlights Indo-Pacific Concept at ASEAN Summit Plenary

SINGAPORE, Nov 14 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo highlighted developments in the concept of Indo-Pacific regional cooperation during the plenary session of the 33rd ASEAN Summit held at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center in Singapore on Tuesday night.

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Leaders push for modernizing ASEAN at 33rd Summit

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and leaders from other Asean member countries are pushing to modernise and strengthen Asean amid the growing digital revolution, the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

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Ministers' Pay Cut to remain in Force - Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) - The 10 per cent salary cut for all Cabinet ministers will remain in force, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

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UM bags 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - A group of University of Malaya (UM) Bachelor of Law (LLB) students emerged as International Champion at the 13th LAWASIA International Moot Competition held early this month.

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Time for BNM to reimpose Financing Quota - HBA

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - It is time for Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) to reimpose financing quota that the banks need to adhere to in order to assist first-time home buyers, said the National House Buyers Association (HBA).

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Non-Lawyers can now boost Legal Knowledge for Work

Working professionals can now build up their legal knowledge in industry-specific areas through courses at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Law Academy, which caters to both practising lawyers and non-lawyers.

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488K nabbed for Ordinance Violations since June: NCRPO

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - A total of 488,526 individuals have been apprehended for violating local ordinances since June this year, the National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) announced Tuesday.

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Indonesia pushes ASEAN to complete RCEP Negotiation

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has pushed ASEAN member countries to complete eight chapters within the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) framework in a bid to meet the negotiation target with its non-ASEAN participants.

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Awaiting ASEAN's Concrete Steps to develop e-Commerce

BOGOR, W JAVA, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and his counterparts from nine other ASEAN member countries have signed an agreement on e-commerce at the 17th ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting in Singapore on Monday.

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Ministry actively develops Entrepreneurs in Creative Industry

JAKARTA, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto confirmed that his ministry is actively developing startup entrepreneurs in the creative industry sector.

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Indonesia urges ASEAN Economic Community to adapt to Industry 4.0

SINGAPORE, Nov 13 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita urged members of the ASEAN Economic Community to adapt to the demands of Industry 4.0 to make them remain competitive and not left behind by other countries.

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Death of RMN Personnel: Court orders another Probe by Inquiry Board

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The High Court here today ordered the Malaysian Armed Forces Council to set up a board of inquiry to determine whether Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) seaman Muhammad Lailaltuiman Mohd Sukri, who died at a detention room in Sungai Wangi, Sitiawan, was mentally and physically abused while he was attached with KD LEKIR.

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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.

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Anwar's Challenge over Implementation of NSC Act remitted to High Court

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today remitted PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's legal challenge over the implementation of the National Security Council Act (NSC) 2016 back to the High Court for hearing.

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MATTA appeals for Temporary Waiver of Visa Fees for Chinese and Indian Tourists

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) is appealing for a temporary waiver of visa fees for tourists from China and India, in order to boost visitor arrivals to Malaysia.

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SME Non-performing Loans in Malaysia among World's Highest

JOHOR BAHRU, Nov 13 (Bernama) - Malaysia’s Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) among Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs are among the world’s highest, said Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof.

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