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Three Stateless Children get Citizenship, ending Years of Legal Battle

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) - It's a joyous day for three stateless children who were born in Malaysia as the Ministry of Home Affairs has approved to register them as citizens of Malaysia.

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Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
A Mandalay court on Wednesday sentenced seven Yadanabon University students who protested for better security on their campus to five months in jail.

Cabinet to decide on tabling Proposal to abolish Death Penalty - Liew

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
ISKANDAR PUTERI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - The Cabinet will make a decision on the tabling in Parliament of the proposal to abolish the death penalty before the Dewan Rakyat convenes next month, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said today.

House approves Bill declaring December 11 as International Friendship, Cooperation, and Diplomacy Day

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8967, declaring December 11 of every year as a special non-working holiday in the entire country to be known as “International Friendship, Cooperation, and Diplomacy Day in the Philippines.”
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House approves establishment of Philippine Ship Registry

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9042, seeking to establish the Philippines as a leading maritime nation and respected flag State.

House approves Bill declaring PUP as National Polytechnic University

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives passed on second reading House Bill 9023 which seeks to strengthen the Charter of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) by declaring it as the National Polytechnic University (NPU) to continuously give quality yet affordable education to poor but deserving students.

Sentencing Guide 'likely needed' for PMD Offences

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The High Court has said that it is best to allow a number of personal mobility device (PMD) offenders' cases to be brought before the courts so that a sentencing framework to deal with the issue may be framed in due course.

Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency
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.

Constitutional Court accepts EC’s Petition to rule on Thai Raksa Chart Party

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency
BANGKOK, Feb 14, (NNT) - The Constitutional Court has accepted the Election Commission’s (EC) petition to rule on the proposed dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart Party.

No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
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.

Man gets 30 Years' Jail, Whipping for raping, sexually assaulting Girlfriend's Daughter

Date: 14 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) - An unemployed man was sentenced to 30 years’ jail and eight strokes of the cane by the Special Criminal Court on Sexual Crimes Against Children here, after he pleaded guilty to raping and committing physical sexual assaults to his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter until she gave birth to a baby girl.

Bill establishing Task Force for Tourists approved on Second Reading

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8961 or the proposed “Tourist Protection and Assistance Act,” which seeks to establish an intergovernmental task force for the protection and assistance of tourists during their travel around the Philippines.

Manila Court orders arrest of Rappler Head for Cyber Libel

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A Manila court has issued a warrant of arrest against online news outfit Rappler Inc. publisher Maria Angelita Ressa for cyber libel.

SC junks Pamatong Suit vs PRRD

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency
MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the quo warranto petition questioning the legality of the assumption of President Rodrigo R. Duterte filed by erstwhile presidential candidate Ely Pamatong in 2018.

Court clears Ex-PRA Exec of Falsification Raps

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has cleared a former executive of the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) of falsification cases over her alleged bogus certifications on the use of government vehicle and her claims of PHP55,000 transportation allowances in 2010 and 2011.

Makati Court metes Life Sentence on Mexican Drug Trader

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency
MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Wednesday convicted a Mexican national who is allegedly linked to the Sinaloa drug cartel, for selling 2.5 kg. of cocaine to undercover operatives four years ago.

Vietnamese Woman gets a Years' Jail for Unlawful Passport Possession

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
MERSING, Feb 13 (Bernama) - A Vietnamese woman was sentenced to a years’ jail by the Magistrate's Court, here today, after she pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of passports which did not belong to her, early this month.

Federal Court dismisses Raub Australian Gold Mining's Appeal in Defamation Suit

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - A five-man bench of the Federal Court today dismissed the appeal by Raub Australian Gold Mining Sdn Bhd (RAGM) in its lawsuit against a Bukit Koman resident in Pahang for defamation in respect of two articles. Federal Court judge Tan Sri Ramly Ali, who presided the bench, said the appellate court had applied corre ...

PM issues Plan to implement Law on Amnesty

Date: 13 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency
Hanoi, Feb 13 (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a plan to implement the Law on Amnesty, which was approved on November 19, 2018 during the sixth session of the 14th National Assembly and will take effect from July 1, 2019.

Startups, MSMEs soon to benefit from Twin Bills on Innovation

Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
Two bills that seek to promote innovation and provide benefits to startups and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) were approved by both houses of Congress and are now a step closer to becoming laws.

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

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
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.

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

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
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.

Parliament: Law to tackle Money Laundering passed

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
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.

Reformative Training Law may be reversed

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The proposed tweaks to criminal procedure tabled in Parliament will get rid of the provisions that used to allow young offenders who are sentenced to reformative training to have their stint backdated to take time spent in custody into account, if passed.

Stiffer Penalties proposed for Crimes against the Vulnerable

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The new Criminal Law Reform Bill introduced in Parliament have provisions for people who commit crimes against vulnerable victims, such as maids and disabled persons to undergo twice the maximum punishment for similar crimes against others.

PM issues Plan on Implementation of Law on Vietnam Coast Guard

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency
Hanoi, Feb 12 (VNA) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has issued a plan to implement the 2018 Law on Vietnam Coast Guard.

EU starts EBA withdrawal

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post
The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”.

ASEAN NCAP labelling Guideline Compliance to become Compulsory from March 2020

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
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.

Jail Sentence on former Army Officer increased from One Day to one Week

Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUANTAN, Feb 12 (Bernama) - An army officer, who was sentenced to a day’s jail by a Sessions Court here for graft, had his jail sentence increased to a week after the High Court here allowed an appeal by the prosecution against the sentence.
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Bankers seek Clarity over Foreign Equity in Myanmar Banks

The latest regulation by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) permitting foreign institutions to invest up to 35 percent in local banks has been well-received by the banking and financial industry. However, experts have fla ...

Parliament: Law to tackle Money Laundering passed House ratifies 2019 National Budget Consultation Paper on Outsourcing by Banks and Merchant Banks more

Corporate Social Responsibility Bill approved

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9061, principally authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which seeks to encourage all business organizations established a ...

Tuan Mat Bin Tuan Ismail v Tan Ah Hin and 4 Others SCK Serijadi Sdn Bhd v Artison Interior Pte Ltd Shencourt Sdn Bhd v Shencourt Properties Sdn Bhd more

Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail

A Mandalay court on Wednesday sentenced seven Yadanabon University students who protested for better security on their campus to five months in jail.

Man gets 30 Years' Jail, Whipping for raping, sexually assaulting Girlfriend's Daughter SC junks Pamatong Suit vs PRRD Court clears Ex-PRA Exec of Falsification Raps more

Pension closer as Government creates Draft Law on Social Security Funds

Pensions for those in the private sector moved closer after the National Assembly and ministries of Economy and Finance, and Labour and Vocational Training created a draft law on social security funds.

House approves OFW Remittance Protection Bill Tabling of Sexual Harassment Bill not in March to ensure Comprehensiveness - Hannah Yeoh Senate ratifies First Time Job-Seekers Assistance Bill more

Children Act may be extended to cover those aged 16 up to 18

The Children and Young Persons Act may undergo yet another amendment as the Ministry of Social and Family Development has announced a proposal to extend the Act to cover offenders from the age of 16 until ...

USA v USB Rosliza Binti Ibrahim v Kerajaan Negeri Selangor and Another House approves Bill lowering Age of 'Social Responsibility' to 12 more

Court pilots Video 'Tele-hearing' for High Risk, Sickly Inmates

MANILA, Feb 11 (PNA) - New court rules authorizing the use of video-teleconferencing for high risk detainees to be tried without the need to actually stepping into courtrooms will soon be tested, the Supreme Court (SC) s ...

High Court allows Prosecution to withdraw Application for Rizal, Rosmah's Joint Trial SC suspends Lawyer for threatening Harry Roque Supreme Court sends 2016 ‘Drug Dealer’ Case Back to Appeal Court more

Strata Titles Boards to review Mediation, Arbitration Processes

The Strata Titles Board is going to review the entire process of how mediation and arbitration hearings are conducted, so as to avoid stand-off between parties that may hold up vital repair works.

Real Estate Services Bill submitted to Parliament NLA approves New Land Traffic Act After Three Years, Regulations under Condominium Law firm up more

IRB wants Individuals with Overseas Bank Accounts to declare Income

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has issued letters and emails to taxpayers who have overseas bank accounts and who have failed to file their tax returns. “Taxpayers in this category ...

First Philippine Electric Corporation v Commissioner of Internal Revenue Commissioner of Internal Revenue v Trustmark Holdings Corporation Commissioner of Internal Revenue v Northern Tobacco Redrying Co Inc more

House approves Bill establishing "On-line Network Policy for the Philippines"

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading with 174 votes, House Bill 3437 which seeks to provide for an on-line network establishment (ONE) policy for the country.

NTC sets Hearing on Mandatory Unlocking of Mobile Phones Japan helps Myanmar to enact Cybersecurity Law Cabinet's Nod to Digital Laws more

House approves establishment of Philippine Ship Registry

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9042, seeking to establish the Philippines as a leading maritime nation and respected flag State.

House approves Bill declaring PUP as National Polytechnic University Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ more

Man fined BND3,500 for defaming Former Colleague on Social Media

The Magistrate’s Court yesterday ordered a 25-year-old man to settle a fine of BND3,500, or serve four months’ imprisonment in default, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of defamation.

Four Businesses fined for selling Goods above MRP Man jailed for attempted Theft, Trespassing Public Prosecutor’s Appeal allowed to enhance sentencing against School Teacher more

Pension closer as Government creates Draft Law on Social Security Funds

Pensions for those in the private sector moved closer after the National Assembly and ministries of Economy and Finance, and Labour and Vocational Training created a draft law on social security funds.

EU starts EBA withdrawal NGOs call for Speedy Passage of Information Freedom Law Ministry approves New Party more

Man gets 30 Years' Jail, Whipping for raping, sexually assaulting Girlfriend's Daughter

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) - An unemployed man was sentenced to 30 years’ jail and eight strokes of the cane by the Special Criminal Court on Sexual Crimes Against Children here, after he pleaded guilty to raping ...

Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace Three Stateless Children get Citizenship, ending Years of Legal Battle Cabinet to decide on tabling Proposal to abolish Death Penalty - Liew more

Seven Mandalay students get Five Months in Jail

A Mandalay court on Wednesday sentenced seven Yadanabon University students who protested for better security on their campus to five months in jail.

Bankers seek Clarity over Foreign Equity in Myanmar Banks Thousands of Workers march for stronger Labour Laws Parliament passes Gemstone Bill amid Criticism more

House approves establishment of Philippine Ship Registry

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 9042, seeking to establish the Philippines as a leading maritime nation and respected flag State.

House approves Bill declaring PUP as National Polytechnic University No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction more

Sentencing Guide 'likely needed' for PMD Offences

The High Court has said that it is best to allow a number of personal mobility device (PMD) offenders' cases to be brought before the courts so that a sentencing framework to deal with the issue may b ...

Drug Trafficker found to be a mere Courier, but Apex Court upholds Death Penalty Parliament: New Bill to better protect Minors from Exploitative Sexual Relationship Parliament: Law to tackle Money Laundering passed more

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.

Constitutional Court accepts EC’s Petition to rule on Thai Raksa Chart Party Government affirms NCPO Order 2/2019 is Fake Labor Minister holds event to Promote Health Insurance more
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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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