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Employers to bear Full Levy Payment for Foreign Workers

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 25 (Bernama) - The government has decided to retain the previous levy payment structure for foreign workers, with employers bearing the full cost. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the decision was made following complaints from foreign workers and trade unions which, according to a report in a Chinese-language newspaper today ...
Date: 25 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Utusan face Legal Action if VSS Compensation not paid in Lump Sum

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 24 (Bernama) - Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad may face action under the Employment Act 1955 if it fails to pay compensation under the Voluntary Separation Scheme (VSS) in one lump sum to employees who took up the scheme within 30 days of their date of termination. Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the Employment ( ...
Date: 24 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government to streamline Syariah Laws

JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 21 (Bernama) - The government plans to streamline syariah enactments on transgenders in an effort to curb unhealthy activities. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh said the move was necessary to strengthen existing syariah laws. She said to date, there were 20,000 persons in t ...
Date: 21 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Underage Marriage: Syariah Court judges must follow SOP - Mujahid

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 ( Bernama) - Syariah court judges handling underage marriages are reminded to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which have been approved at the Syariah Judges’ Conference two months ago. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof said the guidelines to be used as reference for s ...
Date: 20 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC liberalizes Framework for Retail Investment in Corporate Bond, Sukuk Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has announced the liberalisation of its regulatory framework to facilitate greater retail access to the RM1.3 trillion Malaysian bond and sukuk market. The liberalization forms part of the SC’s continued efforts to further develop this market, currently the third l ...
Date: 19 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Judicial Appointments Commission has Four New Eminent Persons

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 18 (Bernama) - The four eminent persons of the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have been replaced, according to a statement from the JAC secretariat. The new appointees are three former judges of the Court of Appeal, namely Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Md Yunus, Datuk Linton Albert and Datuk Mah Weng Kwai, a ...
Date: 18 September 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Appeals Court grants Custody of Children unilaterally converted to Islam to Buddhist Father

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 14 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal has given full custody of two children who were unilaterally converted to Islam to their Buddhist father. A three-man bench comprising Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim and Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan yesterday allowed the businessman's appeal to reverse the Shah Al ...
Date: 14 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Felcra withdraws Defamation Suit against Sim, Roketkini

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 (Bernama) - Felcra Berhad today withdrew the defamation suit it had brought against Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong and RoketKini.com editor in connection with an article claiming the existence of illegal transactions in the sale of palm oil. Lawyer Muhammad Salihin Muhammad Shukri, representing Fel ...
Date: 13 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Senate rejects Anti-fake News (Abolition) Bill 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 (Bernama) - The Dewan Negara sitting today rejected the Anti-Fake News (Abolition) Bill 2018. This was announced by Senate President Tan Sri S. A. Vigneswaran, after the block voting saw 28 members of the Senate not supporting as while 21 supported and three others abstained. The motion for block voting was presented ...
Date: 12 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government ready to review List of Goods under SST - Saifuddin

ALOR SETAR, Sept 10 (Bernama) - The government is prepared to review the list of goods under the Sales and Services Tax (SST) to ascertain the need to exempt any product from the tax or reduce the tax rate. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said even though the list of goods had been finalised, in pri ...
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Selangor passes Bill to raise Minimum Muslim Marriage Age to 18

SHAH ALAM, Sept 5 (Bernama) - The Selangor State Assembly today approved the Islamic Family Enactment (State of Selangor) Enactment 2003 (Amendment 2018) which, among others, regulates the minimum age limit of a Muslim marriage from 16 to 18 years in the state. Selangor State Assembly Speaker Ng Suee Lim announced that the Bill was passed afte ...
Date: 05 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

RM1,050 Minimum Wage Nationwide from January 1 Next Year

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 5 (Bernama) - The government will implement a standardised new minimum wage of RM1,050 a month or RM5.05 per hour nationwide - including Sabah and Sarawak - from Jan 1 next year, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced today. PMO in a statement, said that the decision was made after considering the recommendations fro ...
Date: 05 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Communications and Multimedia Act will be amended - Gobind

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 (Bernama) - The Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) will be amended to tighten some of the legal provisions which are often deemed to be very broad. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said the CMA extends beyond the Sections 233 and 211 as it deals with a lot of other things.
Date: 04 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Two Women whipped Six Times at Terengganu Syariah High Court

KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 3 (Bernama) - The two women who pleaded guilty to attempting to have same-sex relations in a car were caned six times at the Terengganu Syariah High Court here today. The sentence, which was the first for such an offence in the country, was conducted in a courtroom and was witnessed by more than 100 people, including fam ...
Date: 03 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New SOP to deal with open burning in Peat Soils - Yeoh Bee Yin

KLANG, Sept 1 (Bernama) - A new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be drafted soon to holistically address open burning activities particularly in areas with peat soil like Johan Setia here, said Energy, Green Technology, Science and Climate Change Minister Yeoh Bee Yin. She said the SOP, which is expected to be drafted within a month, wo ...
Date: 01 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Court grants Final Adjournment in hearing over Stateless Children

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 30 (Bernama) - A Federal Court nine-man bench today granted a final adjournment of the hearing of the appeals of five cases involving Malaysian-born children over the granting of citizenship. Senior federal counsel Suzana Atan had informed the court that she was instructed by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to seek a postponement ...
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court dismisses Mohamad's Preliminary Objection against Dr Streram's Election Petition

SEREMBAN, Aug 29 (Bernama) - The Special Election Court here today dismissed a preliminary objection by UMNO deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan to strike out an election petition filed by PKR candidate for the Rantau state seat, Dr S. Streram. Judge Datuk Azimah Omar made the decision after studying and considering all the affidavits an ...
Date: 29 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Agong gives Consent for SST Implementation from September 1

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 (Bernama) - The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, has given his consent to implement the Sales and Services Tax (SST), paving the way for the tax to come into effect on Sept 1. The King's approval on Friday last week came after the Dewan Rakyat and the Dewan Negara gave their green-light on Aug 9 and Aug 20, respec ...
Date: 28 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC sets Rules on Issuance of Warrants for Cybercrime Law

MANILA, Aug 27 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has laid the rules in the issuance of warrants and related orders in connection with the enforcement of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. In a 28-page resolution dated July 3 unanimously approved by the SC magistrates, the High Court stated that the rules on warrants and orders involve “ ...
Date: 27 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

NLA passes Tax Break for Parents with Two Children

BANGKOK, Aug 25 (NNT) - Parents with two children or more are to be entitled to a tax break of 30,000 baht. The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) endorsed the amendment of the Personal Income Tax Act, with 144 lawmakers voting in favor, none against, and 3 abstentions, giving parents with two or more children a tax deduction of 30,000 baht p ...
Date: 25 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

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Indonesia hands over Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee to Thailand

Jakarta, Sept 25 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tatang Budie Utama Razak, handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Kuwait (ACK) for the period of January-June 2018 to ACK Chairman of the next period, Ambassador of Thailand to Kuwait, Dusit Manapan, on Sept 19.

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NLA receives Support from Labor Groups for Enactment of New Labor Protection Law

BANGKOK, Sept 26 (NNT) - Representatives of various labor groups have expressed support for the National Legislative Assembly’s enactment of a new version of the Labor Protection Act.

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House holds Marathon Budget Deliberations to meet October Deadline

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is holding marathon deliberations - even extending the plenary session until the wee hours - on the proposed PHP3.757-trillion 2019 national budget to meet its approval deadline by October 12, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said on Tuesday.

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DOJ awaits BI Comments, Records on Fox Deportation Case

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has asked the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to file a formal comment on the petition for review of the government's deportation order against Australian missionary nun Patricia Fox.

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IPOPHL to roll out Green Lane for Trademark Applications

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is set to roll out a ‘green lane’ for trademark applications that will slash the average processing time for registration, which currently takes about eight months to be approved.

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BSP warns Public against Frauds, Scams

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 25 (PNA) - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday warned the public against frauds and scams, in the wake of the fast approaching holiday season.

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Corporate Income Tax cuts won't lead to Job Losses

MANILA, Sept 25 (PNA) - Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said the removal of certain incentives under the proposed tax reform measure will not result in job losses.

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Yangon Court allows Trial to resume in Celebrity Slaying

Yangon Region High Court decided on Monday to let the trial go ahead in the murder of Facebook celebrity Aung Ye Htwe and cancel the order by the district court to withdraw the case.

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Fundamental Freedoms must be aligned with International Standards - Dewan Rakyat Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) - Parliamentarians have to ensure that the Federal Constitution and laws relating to freedom of expression, access to information and press freedom are in line with international human right standards, said Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

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SME Mart to assist Entrepreneurs Market Products Overseas

SHAH ALAM, Sept 24 (Bernama) - SME Mart, an initiative introduced by Dewan Ekonomi Usahawan Malaysia (DEUM) will serve as a platform for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) entrepreneurs to sell their products on both the local and international market.

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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.

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PHL Officials to brief UK Investors on Opportunities in Infra, Other Sectors

A Duterte Cabinet delegation led by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III will embark on a three-day mission to London this week to brief British investors on the vast business opportunities in the country’s infrastructure, energy and tourism sectors and explore ways to expand economic cooperation between the Philippines and the United Kingdom.

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DOF thanks House for Final OK of Corporate Tax Reform Bill

The Department of Finance (DOF) has thanked the House of Representatives for approving on third and final reading the bill seeking to lower the corporate income tax (CIT) and correct the convoluted incentives system for businesses, as it expressed optimism that the Senate would pass a similar measure soon enough to enable the people to reap the benefits of a fair, transparent and accountable tax system in the form of more investments and jobs.

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PH Ambassador to Bahrain participates in a Roundtable on International Labor Standards

MANAMA, Sept 24 - Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver participated in a roundtable discussion on various International Labor Organization’s (ILO) conventions on foreign workers with the ILO Direct Contact Mission to Bahrain on 18 September 2018.

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HK Business Seminar puts Spotlight on Investment Opportunities in PH

HONG KONG, Sept 24  - Top-level government officials reassured potential investors in Hong Kong that the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte is working “non-stop” to ensure that the necessary policies, fiscal measures and legal framework relating to ease of doing business and investments are in place.

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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 the other financial sector oversight functions in MAS to uphold Singapore’s reputation as a clean and trusted financial centre.

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International Maritime Community re-affirms Co-operation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, attended the 11th Co-operation Forum this morning, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).

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Chartered Accountant and Lawyer among those who joined Scheme as Proxy Decision-Makers

Lawyer Haryadi Hadi, 35, decided to be a professional deputy as he has wealthy clients who are single, childless or have strained ties with their loved ones and they cannot find anyone to be their proxy decision-makers should they become mentally incapacitated.

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