singapore - General & Misc

Drug Trafficker found to be a mere Courier, but Apex Court upholds Death Penalty

A Singaporean's death sentence was upheld by the three-judge Court of Appeal, despite the convict was found to be a mere courier, as he failed to obtain a certificate of substantive assistance from the public prosecutor.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Parliament: New Bill to better protect Minors from Exploitative Sexual Relationship

The Criminal Law Reform Bill have provisions that will better protect minors by making it an offence to engage in sexual activity with those between 16 and 18 years of age in the context of an exploitative relationship.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Suit against Dead Woman's Estate dismissed by Court

The High Court has dismissed the bid by a marine consultancy to sue the estate of its late company secretary after claiming she cheated it out of $1.6 million.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore Top Court upholds order for Commerzbank to pay Long Well S$41M for breaching Agreements

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of High Court ordering a Commerzbank-owned unit to pay Long Well Group $41 million over a soured investment.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

High Roller can now contest Casino's $10M Suit

A default $10 million judgment against an Australian-Chinese tycoon for alleged casino debts was set aside by the High Court, and allowed his appeal to enter his defence and contest the case in a court trial.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Apex Court: Yacht Dealer can keep $774K Deposit

A pre-contract deposit paid by a late Indonesian tycoon for keeping two boats off market can be kept by the yacht dealer ruled the Singapore's top court, as the former failed to buy the boats, reversing the High Court judgment to refund the money.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Ex-Georgian PM's Suit to have Case Heard in Singapore Court dismissed

Former Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who tried to have a lawsuit filed in Singapore instead of Geneva, against a Swiss bank has failed in his attempt.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

President appoints New Judicial Commissioner

The current Supreme Court registrar Mr. Vincent Hoonghas been appointed as a judicial commissioner by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister, and will serve for a year starting from April 10.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Parliamentary Elections (Prescribed Date) Order 2019

This Order comes into operation on 1 February 2019.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 78; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Planning (Exemption under Section 53) Notification 2019

This Notification comes into operation on 1 February 2019.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 79; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Civil Defence and Other Matters Act 2018 (Commencement) Notification 2019

This is to notify that except for Sections 11, 13 to 17, 22, 26, 29 and 31, of the Civil Defence and Other Matters Act 2018, the rest comes into operation on 1 February 2019.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 63; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Food (Amendment) Regulations 2019

These Regulations come into operation on 1 February 2019.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 59; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Ex-City Harvest Leader gets 13 Months' Jail over Escape Attempt

Chew Eng Han, former City Harvest Church leader was sentenced to 13 months in jail after attempting to leave Singapore unlawfully, and will serve the term after completing his earlier sentence of three years and four months in jail for his role in the misuse of church funds.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Immigration (Exemption from Singapore Visa) (Amendment) Order 2019

This Order comes into operation on 22 January 2019.
Date: 21 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 49; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Requisition of Resources Order 2019

This is to notify that the provisions of Part III of the Act are to come into and remain in operation on 15 January 2019.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 34; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

National Parks Board (Amendment) Bill

This Bill seeks to amend the National Parks Board Act and to make consequential amendments to certain other Acts.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 4/2019; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Singapore Food Agency Bill

This Bill seeks to establish the Singapore Food Agency, to repeal the Agri‑Food and Veterinary Authority Act and the Cattle Act, and to make consequential and related amendments to certain other Acts.
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 5/2019; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Common Services Tunnels Act 2018

This Act seeks to establish common services tunnel areas and for the regulation of activities within or connected with common services tunnel areas to ensure the safe and efficient operation and functionality of any common services tunnel and any ancillary facility of the common services tunnel, and for connected purposes.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Federal Act; Citation: No. 4; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Precious Stones and Precious Metals (Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing) Bill

This Bill seeks to regulate persons who carry on a business of regulated dealing or as intermediaries for regulated dealing, so as to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing, and to make consequential and related amendments to certain other Acts.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: Bill No. 1/2019; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Civil Defence and Other Matters Act 2018

This Act seeks to amend the Civil Defence Act, the Immigration Act, the Police Force Act and the Prisons Act, and to make related amendments to the Enlistment Act.
Date: 08 January 2019; Type: Federal Act; Citation: No. 3; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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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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