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Chief Justice told to file Affidavit-in reply to Summons by Karpal's Daughter

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 (Bernama) - The High Court here today ordered the Chief Justice of Malaysia Tan Sri Richard Malanjum to file an affidavit-in-reply to an originating summons filed by a daughter of the late Karpal Singh in connection with the alleged interference by the judiciary in the outcome of her father’s sedition case and on the reli ...
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New Acts to tackle Issues on Unity, Racial and Religious Sensitivities

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 15 (Bernama) - Issues involving unity as well as racial and religious sensitivities, which now come under the Sedition Act, will be dealt with through new legislation, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa. He said the matter was among several issues discussed at the Cabinet meet ...
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

World Bank describes Digital Asset Law as pragmatic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The Capital Markets and Services (Prescription of Securities) (Digital Currency and Digital Token) Order 2019, which comes into force today, is a pragmatic approach by the authorities to regulate digital currencies and assets, says the World Bank. World Bank Group’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment le ...
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Home Ministry studying to either Amend or Repeal Six Laws

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The government is studying six laws with the view of either amending or repealing them, said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. The six laws are the Sedition Act 1948, Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959, Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) 2015, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Security Offences (S ...
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs 'Work from Home' Law

MANILA, Jan 11 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law institutionalizing the rights of employees in the private sector who work from their homes. Under the Telecommuting Act, employers are required to give online workers the same rights, protection, and compensation as their counterparts who physically go to the office. “I ...
Date: 11 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

MACC Act to have Provision to show Real Beneficiary Owners in Companies - Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 10 (Bernama) - The government is to propose the inclusion of a provision in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act to show the real beneficiary owners in companies, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today. He said this was one of the matters decided upon at a meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on Ant ...
Date: 10 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs HIV-AIDS Law

MANILA, Jan 9 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed the Philippine HIV and AIDS Policy Act into law five days before Christmas, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President signed the law on Dec. 20, 2018 but only made the confirmation on Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2019). Panelo lauded l ...
Date: 09 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malaysia, Singapore work out Arrangements for Talks to settle Disputes

SINGAPORE, Jan 8 (Bernama) - Malaysia and Singapore today agreed for both sides to immediately and simultaneously suspend Malaysia's permanent restricted area over Pasir Gudang and Singapore’s implementation of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedure for Seletar Airport. Both the suspensions are for a period of one month in the fir ...
Date: 08 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

EPF reduces Minimum Contribution for Employees above Age 60 to Four per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 (Bernama) - The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) today announced that employers will, from now, make a minimum statutory contribution of four per cent for employees above 60 years old against the present practice of contributing 6.0 and 6.5 per cent. Employees' share contribution, on the other hand, will now be at zero per ce ...
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Sabah exercises Right to postpone Smoking Ban at eateries

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 6 (Bernama) - Sabah’s decision to postpone the smoking ban at all eateries in the state has become the benchmark for the state government in exercising its right to make decisions based on local government ordinance. It is also in line with the principles adopted by the new Sabah government led by Chief Minister Datuk ...
Date: 06 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

PH accedes to the Marrakesh Treaty

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has secured wider access to novels, textbooks, and other printed materials currently limited in distribution and production by copyright law, for more than three million visually-impaired Filipinos. On December 18, 2018, the Philippines deposited its instrument of accession to the Ma ...
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Intellectual Property Office of The Philippines

Employers told to heed Minimum Wages order 2018

KUCHING, Jan 2 (Bernam) - Employers are urged to abide by the Minimum Wages Order (Amendment) 2018, which is effective from yesterday. Sarawak Manpower Department director, Awang Raduan Awang Omar who made the call, said employers who failed to pay their employees basic salary as stipulated in the order, were committing an offence and could be ...
Date: 02 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Exemption of RPGT, Service Tax from January 1, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30 (Bernama) - The government has agreed to exempt the Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) to individual Malaysian citizens who dispose of their properties at a consideration price of RM200,000 and below. According to a statement by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, the RPGT exemption, effective from Jan 1, 2019, were for the disposa ...
Date: 31 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

BNM issues Policy Document on Outsourcing

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today issued a policy document on outsourcing aimed at strengthening governance and risk management standards in managing outsourcing risk. In a statement today, BNM said the policy document is effective from Jan 1, 2019 and will be applicable to licensed banks, investment banks, Isla ...
Date: 28 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DOE ready to implement Second Tranche of Oil Excise Tax Hike

MANILA, Dec 27 (PNA) - The Department of Energy (DOE) said that it is prepared to implement the second increase in oil excise taxes next year, which is called for under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. Under the TRAIN law, the government will impose PHP2-per-liter excise tax on diesel and gasoline products and PHP1 pe ...
Date: 27 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sector Regulators meet to discuss Competition Issues

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 21 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) held a special committee meeting recently to discuss issues related to the competition law and policy to ensure consistency in the application of the law between sector regulators. It also discussed issues on cross-jurisdictional matters. The special committee con ...
Date: 21 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

High Court reinstates RM10 Million Fine imposed on MAS and AirAsia

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 (Bernama) - The High Court here today reinstated the decision of the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) which imposed a fine of RM10 million each on the country's two major carriers, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia Bhd for breach of market-sharing prohibition under the Competition Act 2010. Judge Datuk Nordin Hassa ...
Date: 20 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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

Banks can no longer hide behind Exclusion Clauses

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 18 (Bernama) - The Federal Court here ruled that banks cannot rely on exclusion clauses in loan agreement to absolve any liability against them, describing the patent as unfairness and injustice as there is an absolute restriction to customers’ right to damages. Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Balia Yusof Wahi in his 37-pag ...
Date: 18 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

High Court strikes out Dr Mahathir's Suit to nullify RCI's findings

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 (Bernama) - The High Court here today struck out an originating summons filed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad seeking for the court to declare null and void the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) report into foreign exchange losses suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia in the 1990s. Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla ...
Date: 17 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Judge unconvinced by Rapist’s Excuse

A supreme Court judge labelled a 72-year-old man’s excuse that police threats were the reason he confessed to raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province in 2013 as “unreasonable”.

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Customs Department offers Online Payment Services

BANGKOK, Jan 16 (NNT) - Businesses needing to make payments to the Customs Department can now do so through online banking.

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January 21 Special Non-Working Day in ARMM, Two Other Cities

MANILA, Jan 17 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared Jan. 21, 2019 (Monday), a special non-working day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, and Cotabato City for the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

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White Paper on Defence to be tabled in Parliament this Year

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (BERNAMA) - The Ministry of Defence will table a White Paper on Defence which will detail the tasks and roles of the Malaysian Armed Forces, said Defence Deputy Minister Senator Liew Chin Tong.

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Chief Justice calls for Government Audit on Rights of Indigenous People

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 17 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum today proposed that the government conduct an audit on the rights of the indigenous people to ensure that they are in line with the United Nations declaration.

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Rape victim testifies that Sex with Convicted Man was ‘Consensual’

A man who was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for a 2007 rape asked the Appeal Court on Tuesday to release him on bail as he was suffering from mental illness.

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PRRD appoints new Sandiganbayan Associate Justice

MANILA, Jan 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed former Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge Ronald Moreno as Associate Justice of the Sandiganbayan.

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Foreign Ministry continues Ban on UN Special Rapporteur Lee

THE government said it would not rescind its ban on UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee from entering Myanmar, despite her recent request, a Foreign Ministry official said Monday.

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Pay the Minimum Wage or face Legal Action, Employers told

Employers in Laos will be subject to legal action if authorities discover they are failing to pay their workers the minimum wage.

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DLT introducing Electronic Licenses

BANGKOK, Jan 15 (NNT) - The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has officially begun to introduce electronic drivers licenses, launching a downloadable application that can digitally hold driver authorizations and vehicle details.

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DOLE vows Aid for Workers displaced by Hanjin Bankruptcy

MANILA, Jan 15 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday vowed to assist 3,800 workers of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) who might be affected after the South Korean shipbuilder declared bankruptcy and applied for rehabilitation.

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Over 100 Medicine Brands for Treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension, High Cholesterol now cheaper under TRAIN Law

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has submitted to the Department of Finance (DOF) a list of over 100 medicines with their corresponding generic names and brands for the treatment and prevention of diabetes, hypertension and high-cholesterol, the sale of which are now exempted from the payment of the value-added tax (VAT) beginning Jan. 1 as provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).

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Tax Academy eyeing Campuses in Tagaytay, New Clark City

The Department of Finance (DOF) is planning to set up permanent campuses of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) in Tagaytay City in Cavite and New Clark City at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga.

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Courts urged to speed up Judicial Reform

Hanoi, Jan 14 (VNA) - General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President Nguyen Phu Trong has stressed the need for courts at all levels to speed up judicial reform and improve the quality of judgment to minimise inaccurate verdicts and overlooking criminals.

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No Passport Data lost, breached: Government Printer

MANILA, Jan 14 (PNA) - No passport loss nor breach has occurred in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the current Philippine e-passport maker said Monday.

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Complaint Boxes for Iskandar Puteri Schools to tackle Crimes

ISKANDAR PUTERI, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Iskandar Puteri District police have suggested for the district’s schools to provide boxes for information or complaints to tackle various crimes involving students.

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Tax Amnesty Programme aims to reduce People's Burden, says IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 14 (Bernama) - The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) is a clear indication of the government's desire to reduce the burden of the people through taxation, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Sabin Samitah said.

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Tengku Abdullah to be proclaimed as New Sultan of Pahang on January 15

PEKAN, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah will be proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang, succeeding Sultan Ahmad Shah, on Jan 15.

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