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Dewan Rakyat adjourns after 20-day Sitting

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat adjourned today after sitting for 20 days from July 16. Before adjourning the meeting, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said it could be described as historical because the transition of power took place smoothly. "This proves the maturity of the members of Parliament in managing the diversity that exists in this country,” he said. The last Dewan Rakyat sitting was on April 5 before Parliament was dissolved on April 7 to make way for the 14th General Election.

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NLA’s 2nd Vice President confirms No Discussion on Amendment of EC Act yet

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 15th August (NNT) - A vice president of the National Legislative Assembly has confirmed that there has not been any discussion on an amendment of the Election Commission Act at this stage.

Special Committee to Study All Electoral Laws

Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 16 (Bernama) - The government hes set up the Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) to review the electoral system and regulations in the country.

Laws on Minimum Marriage Age to be Streamlined - DPM

Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) – Efforts are being made to streamline all legislations in the country to set the minimum marriage age limit at 18 years.
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New EC receives Royal Approval to Take Office

Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, 16th August (NNT) - The newly-appointed members of the Election Commission of Thailand have received royal approval to take office.

Two Internet Companies, Directors Fined RM20 Million for Financial Crimes

Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) - Two Internet companies and their directors were fined a total of RM20 million by the Ampang Sessions Court here for various charges in the issuing of electronic payments unrecognised by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), promoting pyramid scheme and involvement in money laundering since 2012.

Dewan Rakyat passes Bill to Repeal Anti-Fake News Law

Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) -- A Bill to repeal the controversial Anti-Fake News Act was passed at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Negeri Sembilan Government welcomes Proposal to create Religious and Racial Hatred Act

Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
SEREMBAN, Aug 16 (Bernama) - The Negeri Sembilan government welcomes the proposal to create the Religious and Racial Hatred Act aimed at upholding racial harmony in the country.

Rambo Bentong fails to overturn Death Sentence

Date: 16 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Aug 16 (Bernama) - Serial rapist, dubbed "Rambo Bentong, failed in an attempt to overturn his death sentence for killing a Bentong Forestry Department employee almost six years ago.

Panel creates TWG for Bill on Cordillera Autonomous Region Creation

Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House Committee on Local Government chaired by Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr. (1st District, South Cotabato) in a hearing on Tuesday created a technical working group (TWG) to address the concerns of the bill which seeks to create the autonomous region in the Cordilleras.

House passes "Revised Agricultural Tariffication Act" on Final Reading

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives, voting 200-7 with two abstentions, approved on third and final reading on Tuesday, House Bill 7735 which seeks to liberalize rice imports by replacing the quantitative import restrictions on rice with tariffs, and create the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.

DSWD warns Parents that Child neglect is Child Abuse, punishable by Law

Date: 09 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Virginia N. Orogo gave a stern warning to parents and guardians that they are liable for neglecting their children, and are answerable to child abuse charges, especially those who are using their children to earn money on the streets.

House Panel okays Anti-wiretapping Law Amendment

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House committee on dangerous drugs has approved a substitute bill seeking to amend Republic Act (RA) 4200 or the Anti-Wiretapping Act to exclude cases of coups, drugs, robbery, and money laundering, and other crimes.

DOH backs raising Tobacco Excise Tax

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - A proposal in the Senate to increase the tobacco excise tax rate to PHP90 per pack has gained support from the Department of Health (DOH).

SC junks Banco Filipino Plea on Release of P25-B aid from BSP

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the petition filed by Banco Filipino Savings and Mortgage Bank that seeks to enforce the ruling of the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) ordering the release of up to PHP25 billion in financial assistance and other regulatory reliefs to the defunct Banco Filipino.

Bill seeks stiffer Fines vs Hospitals that detain Patients, Deceased

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - To put a stop to the practice of detaining patients and the deceased who fail to settle their hospital bills, hospital administrators may soon face a fine of PHP1 million and imprisonment of up to six years if Senate Bill No. 1937 is approved.

House to resume Budget Hearings

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives is set to resume its hearings on the proposed 2019 national budget over the congressional break after reaching a compromise with the Palace, House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. said on Wednesday.

Government open to Bill pushing 14th Month Pay for Workers: DOLE

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The government is open to the proposal seeking to grant 14th month pay to workers.

Dominguez bats for effective Telco Industry Regulations

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said a strong regulatory environment over the telecommunications industry must first be established before government awards frequencies to a third telco player.

Mandatory Supervision to resolve abandoned Housing Projects - Raja Bahrin

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government will make standing supervision mandatory, to address the issue of abandoned housing projects under the 1Malaysia People's Housing Scheme (PR1MA).

Lawyer Eric Paulsen, ex-PSM Sec-Gen freed of Sedition Charges

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today acquitted and discharged lawyer Eric Paulsen and former Socialist party of Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general S. Arutchelvan on a charge with publishing seditious statement on the social websites.

Balloon Girl Balqis is free, Prosecution drops Appeal

Date: 15 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) - The prosecution in the case of ‘Balloon Girl’ Bilqis Hijjas, who was acquitted and discharged for “insulting behaviour” through the dropping of yellow balloons at a 2015 event attended by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, has dropped its appeal against the acquittal.

Kesatuan Eksekutif Airod Sdn Bhd v Airod Sdn Bhd

Date: 09 August 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 1888 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Suberan Chandran v Xerox Business Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Date: 09 August 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 1883 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Wasudevan A/L Shridathan v The New Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad

Date: 08 August 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 1872 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

House stands Ground against proposed 2019 Cash-Based Budget

Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives is standing firm against the proposed shift to cash-based budgeting system for 2019, according to House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City).

House pushes for e-Sabong Regulations Bill

Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House Committee on Games and Amusements, chaired by Rep. Gus Tambunting (2nd District, Parañaque City) on Monday approved the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will craft a new bill about the regulation of e-sabong or online sabong in the country.

House assures No Re-enacted Budget for Next Year

Date: 13 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
House Majority Leader Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. (1st District, Camarines Sur) on Monday crossed out the possibility of a re-enacted budget in 2019.

Child's Welfare must come First: High Court

Date: 14 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
When a court makes an order on the care and control of a child whose parents are splitting up, it does not presume that shared care and control are always in the child's welfare.
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No Necessity for Amendment of Constitution to restore Agong's Powers

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The government will not amend the Federal Constitution in a bid to restore the mandatory requirement for the assent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to enable a bill to become law.

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Two Internet Companies, Directors Fined RM20 Million for Financial Crimes

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Rambo Bentong fails to overturn Death Sentence

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Kelantan imposes Strict Action against Transvestites Lawyer Eric Paulsen, ex-PSM Sec-Gen freed of Sedition Charges Balloon Girl Balqis is free, Prosecution drops Appeal more

House okays prohibiting Discriminatory Acts vs Women Employees

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure prohibiting acts of discrimination against women in the workplace.

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Company fined RM18,000 for unauthorized depositing of Waste

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 13 (Bernama) - A construction company was fined RM18,000 by the Sessions Court here today for depositing its solid waste at a housing area.

DENR to submit Report and Actions taken on Suspended/Closed Mining to PRRD Three New Water Quality Management Areas named Protected Places (No. 7) Order 2018 more

Latest Best Management Practices to deter Piracy and enhance Maritime Security

This Shipping Circular is to draw the attention of the shipping community towards the latest Best Management Practices (BMP5) to deter piracy and enhance maritime security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and t ...

CAAP Powers to devolve Cebu Pacific clarifies 'one hand-carry baggage' Policy Air Navigation (119 - Air Operator Certification) Regulations 2018 more

Lawyers who falsely certify Signing of Documents will be visited with Severe Consequences: Chief Justice

The Court of Three Judges led by the Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has emphasised that the lawyers who falsely certify that they have witnessed the signing of a document will be visited with severe consequences ...

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Mandatory Supervision to resolve abandoned Housing Projects - Raja Bahrin

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Housing and Local Government will make standing supervision mandatory, to address the issue of abandoned housing projects under the 1Malaysia People's Housing Scheme (PR1M ...

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House Panel okays Anti-wiretapping Law Amendment

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U.S. to work with Indonesia to resolve Trade Dispute: Ambassador

Jakarta, Aug 11 (ANTARA News) - The United States government is keen to work with Indonesia to fully resolve the trade dispute between the two countries, which had been arbitrated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) si ...

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns after 20-day Sitting

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat adjourned today after sitting for 20 days from July 16. Before adjourning the meeting, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said it could be described a ...

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IRD to build ICT System enabling Tax Payments

Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD).

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CJ Bets face JBC Grilling Over Income, Properties in SALN

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - The contents of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth were among the issues raised by members of the Judicial Council (JBC) in Thursday's public interview for aspirants vying for the ...

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Child's Welfare must come First: High Court

When a court makes an order on the care and control of a child whose parents are splitting up, it does not presume that shared care and control are always in the child's welfare.

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CJ Bets face JBC Grilling Over Income, Properties in SALN

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - The contents of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth were among the issues raised by members of the Judicial Council (JBC) in Thursday's public interview for aspirants vying for the Chief Justice post.

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Reyes, Tejano-Ang Wrap up JBC Interview for CJ Post

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr., and Judge Virginia Tejano-Ang of the Regional Trial Court Branch 1 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte were the last two aspirants for Chief Justice who went under questioning by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday.

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De Castro to revive Key Reform Projects once picked as CJ

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Despite her imminent retirement from the judiciary in less than two months, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Thursday said she will be able to introduce reforms in the Supreme Court (SC) once named Chief Justice.

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Bersamin: No Pressure Felt from Gov't in Rulings on Cases

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin on Thursday said he has never felt any pressure from other government branches in rendering decisions on various cases.

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Court of Appeal Judge reprimanded by His Superior over Dissenting Judgment

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) – A Court of Appeal Judge has today disclosed that he had been reprimanded by a top judge for writing a dissenting judgment in unilateral conversion of M.Indira Gandhi case two years ago.

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Judicial Activism has Led to Renaissance in Administrative Law, says Academician

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) – There is more judicial activism now which has led to a renaissance in administrative law, according to an academician.

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Cabinet acknowledges Progress in Thailand-Myanmar Cooperation in fighting Drug Trade

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The Cabinet has acknowledged progress made in Thailand’s cooperation with Myanmar in tackling drug problems in the border area.

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NLA whip to decide on proposed Amendment of EC Act - VP Surachai

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly whip will be the person responsible for the ultimate decision to proceed with a proposed amendment of the Election Commission Act, says the legislature’s Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai.

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CA confirms Poll Exec, Foreign Service, Military Officers' Appointment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Marlon Casquejo and several foreign service and military officers hurdled the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday.

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House installs Yap, Pichay as New Deputy Speakers

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday elected two new deputy speakers following the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the speakership.

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Five CJ bets to face JBC Interview Thursday

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The five candidates for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) will walk into the line of fire with their Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interview set on Thursday.

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IRD to build ICT System enabling Tax Payments

Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD).

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Law Enforcement remains weak: Deputy Minister

Laos has enacted over 100 laws since national liberation in 1975, but law enforcement remains weak, a senior official has admitted.

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Exercise of Freedom must be in accordance to Federal Constitution - Eddin Syazlee

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The exercise of individual’s right to freedom, be it freedom of religion or speech, must be done in accordance to the provisions in the Federal Constitution, says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith.

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International Malaysia Law Conference 2018

The 4-day International Malaysia Law Conference (“IMLC”) 2018, the flagship biennial event of the Malaysian Bar themed “Raising the Bar: Innovate. Integrate. Emulate.” is underway.

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IMLC 2018: Change of Government an impetus for strengthening the Rule of Law, says Sultan Nazrin Shah

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The recent change of government in Malaysia has given a fresh impetus to strengthen the rule of law in the country, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said today.

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1Mine urges Government to postpone SST

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The government has been urged to postpone implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) come Sept 1 until a directive on the newly passed tax law is clearly outlined.

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Seizure of Equanimity made according to Legal Procedures - Liew Vui Keong

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong told the Dewan Rakat today that the seizure of the superyatch Equanimity was made according to Malaysian procedures and laws.

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