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NLA passes Administrative Court Establishment and Procedure Act

BANGKOK, 24th June 2017 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed a draft act on the establishment of an Administrative Court and acceptance of administrative court procedure in law. The Thai legislature voted 173-0 with 5 abstentions to pass the draft Administrative Court Establishment & Procedure Act in its weekly meeting on Friday.

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NLA scheduled to consider More Draft Organic Laws

Date: 24 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 25th June 2017 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly has scheduled more sittings this week to consider a number of draft organic laws.

House approves Bill extending for 20 years IPs claim to ancestral Land Titles

Date: 25 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, June 25 - The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure which seeks to extend for another 20 years the period for indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) and indigenous peoples (IPs) to secure ancestral land titles.

NLD enforces Ban against leaks of Internal Affairs Documents

Date: 26 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The ruling NLD banned its members from leaking to the press and social media criticisms among party members or against the government.
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Angara Confident Duterte will sign free College Education Bill

Date: 25 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Senate of The Philippines
SENATOR Sonny Angara has expressed confidence that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will sign into law the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education bill which was recently approved and ratified by the Senate and the House of Representatives.

NRSA Member confident Primary Vote System to stay in Political Party Act

Date: 26 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 26 June 2017 (NNT) - A member of the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has voiced his confidence that the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will not amend the provision for a primary vote system in political party legislation, despite expressions of concern from several parties.

House approves Proper Use of PH Flag, Rendition of 'Lupang Hinirang'

Date: 26 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, June 26 - The House of Representatives has approved on final reading a bill which seeks to strengthen the rules on the use and display of the country’s national symbols, as well as the proper rendition of the national anthem, “Lupang Hinirang”.

Tax Cut seen to boost Filipinos' Buying Power to 20%

Date: 25 June 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, June 25 - A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Sunday said the proposed lowering of personal income tax rates could give a 20-percent boost in the purchasing power of at least nine out of 10 Filipino individual taxpayers.

Lower VAT Rate possible if Government succeeds in plugging Tax Leakages

Date: 25 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, June 25 - A lower value-added tax (VAT) rate on goods and services - now pegged at 12 percent - is possible once the government is able to clean up the tax system and plug leakages arising from the myriad of exemptions from this consumption tax, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).

Car Importation Policy to be issued by Year End

Date: 26 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The government will issue a general car importation policy within the year to put an end to the current confusion in the industry, Commerce Minister U Than Myint told The Myanmar Times.

CCS and Japan Fair Trade Commission sign First Framework Agreement for Cross-Border Enforcement Cooperation of Competition Laws

Date: 22 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Competition Commission
1. Chief Executive of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), Mr. Toh Han Li, and Chairman of the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) [1] , Mr. Kazuyuki Sugimoto concluded the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) today in Tokyo, Japan to increase cross-border enforcement cooperation between CCS and JFTC of their competition laws.

3 former GSIS Employees convicted of Graft for Payroll Padding

Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 114 of Pasay City has convicted three former Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) employees for violation of Section 3 (b) of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019). The personnel were sentenced to imprisonment of six years and were perpetually disqualified from holding public office ...

De Lima airs Concern over Impact of Tax Reform Package to poor families

Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Senate of The Philippines
Senator Leila M. de Lima has called for a thorough review of the possible adverse impact of the administration-sponsored Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) program to millions of poor families.

GI Product Registration to raise values of Local Economy: DIP

Date: 24 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 24 June 2017 (NNT) - The registration of Geographical Indicator (GI) products will raise the values of local economy.

Stricter Punishment for Illegal Worker Employment begins to take effect

Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 23 June 2017 (NNT) - A stricter punishment for those who might employ illegal migrant workers has begun to take effect while the Ministry of Labor is improving manpower under the 20-year national strategy.

Lorry Driver gets Six-Month Jail for hurting Wife

Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) - A lorry driver was sentenced to six months in prison by the Ampang Magistrate's Court here today, for causing grievous hurt to his wife who refused to follow him home.

Sabah Government works with Sarawak Counterpart to ensure Tourism Industry Benefits from Tourism Tax

Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Tax News; Source: Bernama
KOTA KINABALU, June 23 (Bernama) - The Sabah state government has invited the Sarawak Tourism Ministry to discuss on some pertinent issues of the Tourism Tax and come up with a joint stand in the spirit of cooperation with the neighbouring state.

Guard jailed for fraudulently keeping Clerk's Money

Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) - A security guard was sentenced to three months imprisonment for fraudulently keeping RM1,300 belonging to a female clerk meant for the purchase of a mobile phone.

Personal Driver fined RM1,000 for False Robbery Report

Date: 23 June 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) - A personal driver was fined RM1,000 by the Ampang Magistrate's Court here today after pleading guilty to making a false report that he had been robbed.
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SC introduces Clearing for Securities, Derivatives as New Regulated Activity

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has amended its regulatory framework to include clearing for securities and derivatives as a new regulated activity.

Cabinet approves Royal Inquiry on BNM Forex losses BSP, CDA Chiefs sign Surety Fund IRR Deni Setiawan and 2 Others v Datik Murwanti Handayani and 2 Others more

3 former GSIS Employees convicted of Graft for Payroll Padding

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 114 of Pasay City has convicted three former Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) employees for violation of Section 3 (b) of Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act ...

Lorry Driver gets Six-Month Jail for hurting Wife Guard jailed for fraudulently keeping Clerk's Money Personal Driver fined RM1,000 for False Robbery Report more

CA 'overstepped' its bounds in handling 'Ilocos 6' Case - Alvarez

MANILA, June 22 - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Thursday said the Court of Appeals (CA) Special Fourth Division has overstepped its bounds and encroached the legislative powers of the House of Representatives by ordering ...

Only Courts can reverse DOJ Resolution on Raps vs Cops in Espinosa killing - Aguirre SC, CA ask House to review Show Cause vs Justices on Detention of 6 Ilocos Norte Officials Ramon R Villarama v Atty Clodualdo C De Jesus more

Stricter Punishment for Illegal Worker Employment begins to take effect

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017 (NNT) - A stricter punishment for those who might employ illegal migrant workers has begun to take effect while the Ministry of Labor is improving manpower under the 20-year national strategy.

Employers in Yala urged to comply with New Migrant Worker Law Manggagawa Ng Komunikasyon Sa Pilipinas v Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company Incorporated and Another Appeal PT Ebimas Besar v William more

House approves Bill extending for 20 years IPs claim to ancestral Land Titles

MANILA, June 25 - The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure which seeks to extend for another 20 years the period for indigenous cultural communities (ICCs) and indigenous peoples (IP ...

Chiang Rai to reclaim 5,000 Rai of protected Forest from Illegal Farming National Land Code (Amendment of Sixteenth Schedule) Order 2017 Renovation Contractors need Registration - CIDB more

Tax Cut seen to boost Filipinos' Buying Power to 20%

MANILA, June 25 - A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Sunday said the proposed lowering of personal income tax rates could give a 20-percent boost in the purchasing power of at least nine out of 10 Filipino ind ...

Lower VAT Rate possible if Government succeeds in plugging Tax Leakages De Lima airs Concern over Impact of Tax Reform Package to poor families Sabah Government works with Sarawak Counterpart to ensure Tourism Industry Benefits from Tourism Tax more

Car Importation Policy to be issued by Year End

The government will issue a general car importation policy within the year to put an end to the current confusion in the industry, Commerce Minister U Than Myint told The Myanmar Times.

Two Retailers fined for selling Non-compliant Power-Assisted Bicycles Road Traffic (Prohibition on Driving of Goods Vehicles) (No. 2) Rules 2017 Kontena Nasional Berhad v Axa Affin General Insurance Berhad and Another more

Golkar's former Lawmaker pleads Guilty on Graft Charge

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A former lawmaker of the Golkar faction Charles Jones Mesang pleaded guilty when he was tried here Thursday on graft charge.

Yetti Sitorus v PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (Persero) Mariana Hoei v PT Bank Mandiri (Persero) TBK Cabang Kisaran PT Ebimas Besar v William more

Illegal Car Imports Hot Issues debated at Cabinet Meeting

Progress made in addressing illegal car imports, improvements to state enterprises and efforts to regulate sawmills were among hot issues being debated as the government cabinet meeting kicked off yesterday.

Industry, Commerce seeks to end Illegal Pig Imports Nation determined to end Illegal Logging Law on Minerals under Revision more

Lorry Driver gets Six-Month Jail for hurting Wife

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) - A lorry driver was sentenced to six months in prison by the Ampang Magistrate's Court here today, for causing grievous hurt to his wife who refused to follow him home.

Sabah Government works with Sarawak Counterpart to ensure Tourism Industry Benefits from Tourism Tax Guard jailed for fraudulently keeping Clerk's Money Personal Driver fined RM1,000 for False Robbery Report more

Angara Confident Duterte will sign free College Education Bill

SENATOR Sonny Angara has expressed confidence that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will sign into law the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education bill which was recently approved and ratified by the Senate and the Ho ...

House approves Proper Use of PH Flag, Rendition of 'Lupang Hinirang' House approves Bill extending for 20 years IPs claim to ancestral Land Titles Tax Cut seen to boost Filipinos' Buying Power to 20% more

CCS and Japan Fair Trade Commission sign First Framework Agreement for Cross-Border Enforcement Cooperation of Competition Laws

1. Chief Executive of the Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS), Mr. Toh Han Li, and Chairman of the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) [1] , Mr. Kazuyuki Sugimoto concluded the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) today ...

Two Retailers fined for selling Non-compliant Power-Assisted Bicycles Issuance of Code of Animal Welfare (for Pet Owners) Circular on Food (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2017 more

NRSA Member confident Primary Vote System to stay in Political Party Act

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017 (NNT) - A member of the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) has voiced his confidence that the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will not amend the provision for a primary vote system in poli ...

NLA scheduled to consider More Draft Organic Laws NLA passes Administrative Court Establishment and Procedure Act GI Product Registration to raise values of Local Economy: DIP more

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Thailand, Laos join Hands to fight against Human Trafficking

UBON RATCHATHANI, 25 June 2017 (NNT) - Ubon Ratchathani province and Phonthong district in Laos have collaborated to organize activities against human trafficking for the year 2017 along the borders.

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Government urges GLCs, GLICs, MKDs and VCs to Finance start-up fund to grow Malaysia's Digital Economy

The government have called on Government Linked Corporations (GLCs), Government Linked Investment Companies (GLICs), Minister of Finance Incorporated (MKD) and venture capitalists (VCs) to finance local technology start-ups and scale-ups.

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DTI-CIAP, PICAM undertake Continuing Education Program for Construction Arbitrators and Mediators

The Department of Trade and Industry - Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (DTI-CIAP) in partnership with the Philippine Institute of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators, Inc. (PICAM) recently conducted its first NCR Mediators and Arbitrators Continuing Education (MACE) Program for 2017.

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Bursa Malaysia revamps Participantship Structure for Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Clearing Bhd

Kuala Lumpur, 23 June 2017 - Bursa Malaysia Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia”) today announced it has made amendments to the Rules of Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad (“BMD”) and the Rules of Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Clearing Berhad (“BMDC”) in relation to the revamp of the participantship structure for BMDC. This is to enhance the attractiveness and competitiveness of the Malaysian derivatives market and to facilitate market development.

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DAR Officials, Employees reach 'Agreement' on Four-Year Row

MANILA, June 23 - Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) officials and employees have reached an agreement that would end their four-year row over the plight of 10,000 department employees nationwide who were displaced under the government’s rationalization scheme.

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SPRM, EAIC to work together to address Corruption

PUTRAJAYA, June 23 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) have agreed to establish a joint committee to combat corruption and abuse of power in enforcement agencies.

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Vigneswaran reappointed Dewan Negara President

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) - MIC vice-president Datuk Seri S. A. Vigneswaran was today reappointed as the president of the Dewan Negara.

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Commerce Ministry to organize Esan Expo 2017

BANGKOK, 24 June 2017 (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce will organize Esan Expo 2017 which will feature best products from all northeastern provinces from June 25 - July 2, 2017.

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Singapore signs Multilateral Competent Authority Agreements to enhance Tax Co-Operation on Exchange of Information

On 21 June 2017, Singapore will sign the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreements (“MCAAs”) on the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information under the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”), and the Exchange of Country-by-Country (“CbC”) Reports.

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Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia reaffirm Commitment to address Transnational Threats

KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) - Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have reaffirmed their commitment to effectively address existing and emerging transnational challenges and threats that have the potential to undermine the stability and well-being of countries in the region.

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Melaka to set up People's Bazaar to produce Competitive Entrepreneurs

MELAKA, June 22 (Bernama) - The state government will create a permanent people's bazaar at the Hang Tuah Melaka Commercial Centre (HTMCC) area to produce more competitive and viable entrepreneurs, especially among small- and medium-scale businessmen.

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Judiciary always Adheres to Rule of Law - Najib

PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today the Malaysian Judiciary always adheres to the rule of law based on the concept of separation of powers.

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