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CDPI proposes Shift to Federal Parliamentary System

The Centrist Democracy Political Institute (CDPI) on Thursday, September 14, said it is proposing the shift to a federal parliamentary system, adding that Congress should soon start deliberating the amendments in the 1987 Constitution that will pave the way for federalization.

PH strengthens Bilateral Ties with Malaysia

PASAY CITY - At the sidelines of the Philippine (PH) hosting of the 49th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ (AEM) Meeting and Related Meetings on 8 September, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez convened a bilateral meeting with his Malaysian counterpart, Minister for International Trade and Industry Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed.

ASEAN Secretary-General highlights ASEAN Integration at UN Conference on Trade and Development

14 September 2017 Geneva, Switzerland - H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) served as a panelist at the High Level Dialogue of the 64th Session of Trade and Development Board of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development on September 12.

ASEAN Lawmakers to converge for 38th AIPA General Assembly

The 38th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly officially opens on Saturday at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, with AIPA President and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to welcome the delegates, while President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his keynote address at the closing rites on Tuesday.

NLA Committee on Legal Affairs gets Update on Subcommittees’ Works

BANGKOK, 17th September 2017 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly committee on legal affairs has been updated on the progress of all plans implemented by its subcommittees.

Legislators urged to adopt Information Technology

BANGKOK, 17th September 2017 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) is keen to integrate digital and information technology into its work to increase efficiency and productivity.

UPNM Cadet Murder Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 (Bernama) - The case involving six Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM) students who are accused of murdering their fellow Navy cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain and other related charges has been transferred to the High Court.

Mega Malaysia-US Trade Deals to be positive in the Medium to Long-term

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 (Bernama) - Mega bilateral trade deals concluded between Malaysia and the United States (US) during Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's just-concluded visit to the latter is poised to be very positive for the country's economy in the medium- to-long-term, says an economist.

Five Court Volunteers lauded for Dedication

These volunteers of the Supreme Court, the State Courts and the Family Justice Courts received awards for their outstanding commitment and dedication to pro bono work.

DFA makes Passport Application and Renewal Easier

14 September 2017 - After releasing thousands of appointment slots to the public, the Department of Foreign Affairs is making it easier for passport applicants with further improvements in the appointment system.

Govt opens Centres to register Lao Workers in Thailand

Laos and Thailand have agreed to cooperate more closely to assist Lao workers in Thailand who hold a passport but whose temporary work permit has expired.

Revenue Rise foreshadowed after Survey reveals Tax Dodging

Taxation revenue to the government is set to increase by 10 percent as a result of a na tionwide survey to identify and update such sources, the Deputy Minister of Finance has said.

Mida approves RM1.3 Bln DISF Grant till July 2017

SUNGAI PETANI, Sept 14 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) has approved grants totalling RM1.3 billion under the Domestic Investment Strategic Fund (DISF) since the fund was established in July 2012 until July this year.

SC establishes Fintech Cooperation with Three Financial Centres

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has signed a series of innovation cooperation agreements with three regulators in major financial centres, in a move to spur greater cooperation in facilitating and regulating innovations emerging within the digital finance industry.

CIDB wants Governement to cut Machinery Taxes in Budget 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 (Bernama) - The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has asked the government to reduce taxes for construction machinery for the Industrialised Building System (IBS) projects to between five and zero per cent in Budget 2018.

Bankruptcy Cases involve 294,000 Malaysians a Year - Abdul Rahman

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 14 (Bernama) - A total of 294,000 Malaysians are involved in bankruptcy cases due to their failure to settle hire purchase loans, credit card loans, personal loans, housing loans and social guarantor debts (due to errant debtors) in a year, said the Department of Insolvency director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Putra Taha today.

Halimah Yacob is Singapore's Eighth President

SINGAPORE, Sept 14 (Bernama) - Halimah Yacob was sworn in as Singapore's eighth President at the Istana today, marking her first day of a six-year term.

ASEAN to promote Trade with Russia and EAEU

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - ASEAN Economic Ministers agreed to expand trade with Russia and those grouped in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Cabinet approves Capital Market Development Plan

BANGKOK, 13 September 2017 (NNT) - The cabinet approved a third development plan for capital markets as an economic driving force.

Extend Maternity Leave Period - Lawyer

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) - A lawyer said the government should review the current maternity leave accorded to women in the workforce.

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Work in all Courts Nationwide suspended Thursday: SC

MANILA - The Supreme Court (SC) announced the suspension of work in all courts nationwide on Thursday, September 21, in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of the said date as National Day of Protest.

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Budget 2018: 13,837 Ideas, Proposals from the Public received

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today that 13,837 ideas and proposals were received through the Budget 2018 'crowdsourcing' campaign carried out for 15 days from Sept 4 to 18.

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Malaysia-Thailand to ink MoU on Security Cooperation

BANGKOK, Sept 20 (Bernama) - There will be closer security cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand with the establishment of a Joint Committee on Security Cooperation, according to a cabinet resolution document released by the Thai government.

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MAS sets up International Advisory Panel for Cyber Security

Singapore, 20 September 2017 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced today that it has established a Cyber Security Advisory Panel (CSAP), comprising cyber security thought leaders from around the world.

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SC asked to order Refund of Excess SMS Fee to Subscribers

MANILA - The Bayan Muna partylist filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to compel the country's major telecommunication companies to give a refund to their subscribers for overpriced text message rates amounting to more than PHP17.7 billion.

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Policymakers urged to study Proposed Shift to Federal System

MANILA - State think-tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) on Tuesday urged policymakers to undertake a comprehensive study of the proposed shift to a federal form of government which could address uneven developments in provinces and regions.

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BSP to continue Payment, Settlement Operations on September 21

MANILA - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP ) will continue its payments and settlement operations on Thursday despite Malacanang's suspension of works in government offices and schools nationwide for that day.

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Indonesia, Croatia agree to strengthen Economic Cooperation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Croatia have agreed to enhance economic cooperation, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement released on Tuesday.

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Indonesia, Namibia agree to enhance Bilateral Trade Cooperation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesias Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi has held a bilateral meeting with her Namibian counterpart Netumbo Nandi-Ndiatwah, and the two ministers agreed to intensify cooperation to boost bilateral trade.

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High Taxes, Competition choke Cheroot-Makers

Myanmar's traditional mini cigar, the cheroot, is near extinction as manufacturers struggle with high taxes, high production costs and stiff competition from imported and local cigarettes.

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EPF to boost Investments in Shariah-Compliant Private Equity Funds

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) - The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is prepared to increase its investments in shariah-compliant private equity (PE) funds, said its Investment Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Mohamad Nasir Ab Latif.

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BNM seeks More Focused Delivery of Mandates under Malaysian Development Financial Institutions

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is planning to work with the leadership of local financial institutions and other stakeholders in government to address a more focused delivery of mandates under the Malaysian Development Financial Institutions.

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