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Parliament: Law to tackle Money Laundering passed

The Precious Stones and Precious Metals (Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing) Bill, which is part of efforts to boost Singapore's standards of anti-money laundering and countering the finance of terrorism have been passed by the parliament.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore to tighten Audit, Valuation Rules

Auditors are to come under greater scrutiny in one of the biggest overhauls of accountancy oversight in Singapore, which could see the Singapore Exchange Regulation (SGX RegCo) ordering second audit on listed companies with clean audits if something does not smell right.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

MAS revises Takeover Rules for Dual-Class Shares

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has revised Singapore's Code on Take-overs and Mergers to clarify that independent shareholders of dual-class companies will not be required to make a general offer if their share of voting rights is pushed past regulatory thresholds under certain circumstances.
Date: 25 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Reminder: Crypto Currencies are not Legal Tender

Singapore's Ministry of Law (MinLaw) has reiterated that crypto currencies are not legal tender and businesses should do due diligence before accepting this form of payment.
Date: 24 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

MAS bans Goldman Sach's Ex-Director for Life

SINGAPORE, Dec 19 (Bernama) - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has increased the ban against former Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte director, Tim Leissner, to a lifetime prohibition order (PO), following his admission to the criminal charges brought against him by the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ), MAS said in a statement toda ...
Date: 19 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New Regulatory Framework to enhance Payment Services in Singapore

SINGAPORE, Nov 19 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has finalised the new regulatory framework for payment services in Singapore. The Payment Services Bill (the “Bill”) will provide a more conducive environment for innovation in payment services, whilst ensuring that risks across the payments value chain are mitigated.
Date: 19 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

MAS proposes New Regulatory Sandbox with Fast-Track Approvals

Singapore, Nov 14 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has released a consultation paper on the creation of pre-defined sandboxes, known as Sandbox Express, to complement the existing FinTech Regulatory Sandbox that was launched in 2016. The aim is to enable firms which intend to conduct regulated activities to embark on experiments more qui ...
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Key Agreements concluded to enhance Regulatory Cooperation, launch of China Bond Index, and Cross-border Payments Tie-up

Singapore, Nov 14 - In a landmark year for financial cooperation between China and Singapore, four milestone agreements were concluded this week between financial regulators and between Financial Institutions (FIs) from both countries. The exchange of regulatory agreements was witnessed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Singapore Prime Minister Lee ...
Date: 14 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

MAS to place up to US$5 Billion with Private Equity and Infrastructure Fund Managers

Singapore, Nov 13 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced that they have taken initiatives to enhance private markets financing channels, including a programme to place up to US$5 billion for management with Private Equity (PE) and infrastructure fund managers.
Date: 13 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Singapore rated Overall Compliant with International Standards on Exchange of Information

Singapore’s exchange of information upon request regime has been rated as compliant with international tax transparency standards, by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (“Global Forum”). This is the highest overall rating a jurisdiction can receive. The assessment is conducted through a p ...
Date: 25 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

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

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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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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Government affirms NCPO Order 2/2019 is Fake

BANGKOK, Feb 11 (NNT) - The Government has affirmed that the circulating NCPO Order 2/2019 is fake.

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ASEAN Secretariat calls for Nominations for ASEAN Prize 2019

Jakarta(ANTARA News) - Jakarta-based ASEAN Secretariat calls for nominations for the prestigious regional award ASEAN Prize 2019 acknowledging an individual`s or organization`s inspiring and outstanding achievements in fostering the ASEAN identity, promoting ASEAN spirit, and championing ASEAN way.

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Thousands of Workers march for stronger Labour Laws

Thousands of workers on Sunday marched in downtown Yangon to demand that the country’s labour laws meet International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards.

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ASEAN NCAP labelling Guideline Compliance to become Compulsory from March 2020

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 12 (Bernama) - Starting March 1 next year, automotive companies selling motor vehicles in Malaysia will be compelled to comply with the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP) Labelling Guideline.

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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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NGOs call for Speedy Passage of Information Freedom Law

A group of 19 non-governmental organisations and associations have urged the Kingdom’s legislative and executive bodies to expedite the passage of a draft law on freedom of information, which the group said had been delayed for years.

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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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Labor Minister holds event to Promote Health Insurance

CHONBURI, Feb 8, (NNT) - The Ministry of Labour has held an event to promote health among insurance policyholders in Amata City Industrial Estate in Chonburi Province, providing medical check-ups for employees from various companies operating in the estate.

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CA Justice, Judge named to Court Rules Revision Body

MANILA, Feb 8 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has named two new members to the high court's committee on the revision of the Rules of 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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Cases at Court in push to tackle Jail Overcrowding

A working group established to streamline court procedures, with the aim of resolving prison overcrowding, last week began sending cases to municipal and provincial courts throughout the country, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin said on Wednesday.

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