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Warning on Fraudulent Emails impersonating MAS

Singapore, Oct 6 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have warned the public of fraudulent emails purportedly sent from @mas.gov.sg email accounts with subject titles like “Fund Transmittal” and “Singapore Compliance Information”. The emails ask recipients to click on links or open attachments which con ...
Date: 06 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

MAS issues Guidelines to facilitate Provision of Digital Advisory Services

Singapore, Oct 8 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today issued the Guidelines on Provision of Digital Advisory Services, to facilitate the provision of these services in Singapore. The guidelines incorporate feedback from the public consultation as well as learning points from MAS’ engagements with the industry.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

SGX proposes New “trade at close” Session for Securities Market

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is seeking public feedback on the proposed introduction of a new trading session for the securities market, the “trade at close” (TAC), which will take place after the closing auction routine ends.
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Exchange

MAS outlines Enforcement Approach to deter, detect and investigate Breaches of Rules and Regulations

Singapore, Sept 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published an Enforcement monograph to provide greater clarity and transparency into how MAS deters, detects, investigates and takes action against breaches of the rules and regulations it administers. The monograph outlines how MAS’ Enforcement Department works together with t ...
Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

USCFTC and MAS sign Arrangement to cooperate on FinTech Innovation

Singapore, Sept 13 (MAS) - The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today signed an arrangement to foster greater cooperation in FinTech. The arrangement supports both authorities’ efforts to facilitate FinTech development and innovation in their respective markets. This arrangement is t ...
Date: 13 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Proposed Changes to the Stamp Duties Act

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) have introduced the Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill 2018 in Parliament on Monday.
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Finance

MAS directs Financial Institutions to tighten Customer Verification Process

Singapore, July 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued a circular to all financial institutions, directing them to tighten their customer verification processes. This follows the recent cyber attack at SingHealth where personal information of 1.5 million individuals was illegally accessed and stolen.
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

MAS issues Prohibition Orders against Chan Seet Fun for Misappropriation of Client Monies

Singapore, 24 July 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued 4-year prohibition orders against Ms Chan Seet Fun for the misappropriation of client monies.
Date: 24 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Securities Industry Council consults on Amendments to Singapore Code on Take-Overs and Mergers

Singapore, July 19 - The Securities Industry Council (the Council) has proposed amendments to the Singapore Code on Take-overs and Mergers (the Code) to clarify the application of the Code provisions to companies with a dual class share structure (DCS companies) that have a primary listing on the Singapore Exchange.
Date: 19 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

SGX proposes to enhance Default Management Capabilities of Derivatives and Securities Clearing Houses

Singapore Exchange (“SGX”) is seeking public feedback on proposed amendments to the clearing rules of Singapore Exchange Derivatives Clearing Limited (“SGX-DC”) and the Central Depository (Pte) Limited (“CDP”) (the “SGX-DC Clearing Rules” and the “CDP Clearing Rules” respectively) to enhan ...
Date: 19 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Exchange

Strengthening AML and CFT Regulation for the Precious Stones and Metals Dealers Sector

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) announced today that it will put in place a new anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regulatory regime for precious stones and metals dealers (PSMDs) in Singapore. Under the new regime, PSMDs will be required to identify, assess and understand the money laundering and terrorism finan ...
Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

Legislative Changes relating to AGMs and ARs timelines will take effect on 31 August

As part of on-going efforts to keep Singapore business friendly and competitive, legislative changes to the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 that will reduce the regulatory burden for companies will take effect on 31 Aug 2018.
Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority

SGX proposes to recalibrate Financial and Capital Requirements of Bank and Remote Members

Singapore Exchange (SGX) have sought feedback on proposed recalibrations of the financial and capital requirements of Remote Clearing Members, Remote Trading Members, Bank Clearing Members and Bank Trading Members (“RCMs”, “RTMs”, “BCMs” and “BTMs” respectively).
Date: 05 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Exchange

CAD and MAS warn Investors about trading on unregulated Online Platforms

Singapore, 31 May 2018 - The Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) of the Singapore Police Force and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) advise the public to exercise extreme caution when dealing with unregulated online trading platforms.
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

MAS issues Statement of Commitment to the FX Global Code

Singapore, May 28 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today issued a statement affirming its commitment to the Foreign Exchange Global Code (Code) developed by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). MAS will adhere to the principles of the Code when acting as a market participant and ensure that its internal practices and processes a ...
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Licensed Moneylending Director, Teh Chee Wee, fined $6,800 for Breaches of Moneylending Laws

The Registry of Moneylenders, a department under the Ministry of Law, brought charges in the State Courts on 18 December 2017 against Teh Chee Wee (郑 志 威), 42 years old, the director of the moneylending company, RTG Credit (S) Pte Ltd.
Date: 23 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

Warning on Fraudulent Email and Website impersonating MAS

Singapore, May 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have alerted the public to fraudulent emails impersonating MAS that attempt to get recipients to divulge their bank account IDs and passwords. Members of the public are advised not to click on the links in these emails or divulge any personal information including login IDs or passwords.
Date: 24 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

MAS warns Digital Token Exchanges and ICO Issuer

Singapore, May 24 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has warned eight digital token exchanges in Singapore not to facilitate trading in digital tokens that are securities or futures contracts without MAS’ authorisation. It also warned an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) issuer to stop the offering of its digital tokens in Singapore.
Date: 24 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

The Fifth Asian Monetary Policy Forum discusses Regional Economic and Financial Issues

Singapore, May 25 - The Asian Monetary Policy Forum (AMPF) convenes today at the Shangri-La Hotel for the fifth consecutive year. Held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER) that took place from 21-24 May 2018, the Forum is co-organised and funded by the University of Chicago Booth Sch ...
Date: 25 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Invitation for Proposals to pilot New Business Models for Moneylending

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) today issued an invitation for proposals to pilot new business models for moneylending. The objective of the Pilot is to better protect borrowers through business-led improvements in the moneylending industry.
Date: 11 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

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Duterte will ‘definitely’ Order Oil Excise Tax Suspension

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will soon order the temporary suspension of the second tranche of excise tax on fuel, but has yet to decide whether it will heed a senator's suggestion to suspend it "now or sooner."

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Indonesia's proposal on Tuna Labeling approved by Asean Ministers

Jakarta, Oct 15 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s proposal on the ASEAN Tuna Eco-Labeling (ATEL) policy has been approved and endorsed at the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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IMF-WB - Indonesia to use OECD Recommendations to set up Policies

Nusa Dua, Bali, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will use a recommendation on tourism development from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation Development) as one of the references in setting up policies.

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Deterrent Punishment must be imposed if Death Sentence to be abolished - AADK

BANGI, Oct 15 (Bernama) - The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) urged the government to decide on appropriate punishment for drug offences, if the mandatory death sentence to be abolished, says its director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah.

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Parliament building declared Smoke-Free Zone

PUTRAJAYA Oct 15 - Smoking-designated corners inside the Parliament building have been declared as smoke-free zones, effective today, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

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Launch of Professional Mobility Framework, Social and Sustainability Bond Standards

The ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) met in Singapore and launched two key initiatives to drive a more connected and sustainable ASEAN capital market. These initiatives complement the measures introduced by the ACMF on collective investment schemes, corporate governance, disclosure standards and capacity building.

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IPOS Assistant Chief Executive speaks at INTA Asia-Pacific Conference

Assistant Chief Executive Mr Ng Kok Wan spoke at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Asia-Pacific Conference 2018, which took place on 11 Oct in Sydney, Australia.

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Total Abolition of the Death Penalty - The Right Time to Do the Right Thing, says Bar

The Malaysian Bar has wholeheartedly welcomed the decision of the Malaysian Cabinet to totally abolish the death penalty in Malaysia. "We commend the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law), Datuk Liew Vui Keong, for making the announcement on 10 October 2018, which coincided with the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty. We look forward to seeing the legislation being tabled and passed by both houses of Parliament in the Parliamentary session that begins on 15 October", said the President of the Malaysian Bar, Mr. George Varughese.

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Singapore and Indonesia sign Bilateral Investment Treaty to promote Stronger Economic Ties

Singapore and Indonesia signed an Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, also known as the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), at the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat in Bali, Indonesia, today. Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, who is attending the Leaders’ Retreat as part of the Singapore delegation, signed the agreement with Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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New EODB Law to impact 2020 doing Business Survey

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Rowel S. Barba said on 10 October that the new Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Act can significantly affect the country’s rankings in the upcoming 2020 Doing Business (DB) Survey if government agencies strictly implement the law.

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SC advocates Sustainable Investing at InvestSmart Fest 2018

InvestSmart® Fest 2018, an investor education initiative by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), was officiated by Yang Berhormat Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.

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Singapore needs to regain Edge in Legal Tech, says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has urged the Singapore Academy of Law to strive to get the legal profession to step up in the area of legal technology, and help the country regain its status as the world leader.

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EC clarifies New Election Law to Press Members

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has clarified the new election law to press members.

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NLA approves Committee to vet Election Commission Candidates

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved the establishment of a committee to vet the two Election Commission candidates.

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369,148 Ordinance Violators apprehended in Metro Manila: NCRPO

MANILA, Oct 12 (PNA) - Close to 370,000 persons in Metro Manila were apprehended for violation of local ordinances since June this year.

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Indonesia, Japan sign MoC on Law and Human Right

Jakarta, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in Law and Human Right, the Indonesian embassy in Tokyo said in a statement received here on Saturday.

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Indonesia, Thailand Ombudsmen sign Memorandum of Understanding

Jakarta, Oct 13 (ANTARA News) - The Chairman of Ombudsman Commission of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Amzulian Rifai, and the Chairman of the Royal Thai Ombudsman signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Indonesian Ombudsman and the Royal Thai Ombudsman in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct 10.

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ASEAN Secretariat seeks to improve Engagement with Private Sector

Jakarta, Oct 12 (ANTARA News) - The ASEAN Secretariat held the First ASEAN Economic Community Dialogue recently to seek a more proactive two-way communication with the private sector on matters related to the ASEAN Economic Community.

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