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Finance Ministry to consider Review of Laws over Grants to States - Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) - The Finance Ministry is willing to consider proposals to review laws no longer relevant pertaining to the grants to state governments, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said it was indeed the policy of the new government to ensure that all state governments were accorded fair treatment while improving governance to a more efficient, responsible and transparent level.

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Cabinet approves VAT Collection on e-Business Operators

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, July 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved the proposed legal change to enable the government to collect value-added tax from e-business operators.

CA affirms Retirement Age Rule for PAL Flight Attendants

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 18 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the validity of the Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) rule on the compulsory retirement age for its flight attendants.

Labour Law may add Prison Term for Employer Violations

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The Settlement of Labour Disputes Law will likely be amended to add prison penalties in the next parliament session, said an official of the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) Bill Committee on Monday.
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Strengthening AML and CFT Regulation for the Precious Stones and Metals Dealers Sector

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law
The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) announced today that it will put in place a new anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regulatory regime for precious stones and metals dealers (PSMDs) in Singapore. Under the new regime, PSMDs will be required to identify, assess and understand the money laundering and terrorism finan ...

SMEs get Multibillion-Peso Tax Breaks under TRAIN

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) received tax breaks amounting to billions of pesos for the first six months of 2018 alone under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act as they are now covered by a higher Value-Added Tax (VAT) threshold and can now choose from two options to be able to pay lower income taxes, according to Finan ...

Zamboanga del Sur Vice-Mayor gets Jail Term for Graft

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
The Sandiganbayan convicted former mayor, now vice-mayor, Allan Damas of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur, of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

DSWD holds National Summit for Solo Parents, Pushes for Amendments to Solo Parents Welfare Act

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development
“I am one with you in your advocacy to amend RA 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000. Higit nating kinikilala ang ating mga solo parents bilang isa sa mga bulnerableng sector sa buong Pilipinas (We recognize solo parents as one of the vulnerable sectors in the country). “

DSWD holds First National Solo Parents’ Summit

Date: 13 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development
In response to the increasing number of solo parents, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in coordination with the Federation of Solo Parents Luzvimin (FSPL), is conducting the First National Solo Parents’ Summit to push for the amendments to Republic Act 8972 or the Solo Parents Welfare Act of 2000.

NLA to deliberate More Important Draft Laws on 19-20 July

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, July 17 (NNT) - Members of the National Legislative Assembly are again scheduled to deliberate important draft laws later this week.

Bicam approves Final Version of Bangsamoro Basic Law

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 18 (PNA) - The congressional bicameral conference committee on Wednesday night approved the final version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which was renamed as the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Government will enforce Rule to provide Instructions for Products

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
The Consumer Protection Central Committee of Myanmar has said all businesses must have a product usage guide describing how products such as medicines should be consumed and goods like electronics used. The announcement will be followed by an official notification.

Government needs to reinstate Parliamentary Services Act

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) - The government should be serious in efforts to restore the integrity of the Parliament by reinstating the Parliamentary Services Act 1963, said a backbencher.

Government's Additional EPF Contribution Only for First Wives - DPM

Date: 18 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) - The government's additional contribution of RM50 towards the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) for housewives will cover the first wife only in the event of a polygamous marriage.

IRAS e-Tax Guide on GST: For Retailers participating in Tourist Refund Scheme (Eighth edition)

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Guide; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
This e-Tax guide provides details on the features and refund mechanism of the Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme ("eTRS”). This includes the conditions that retailers participating in the eTRS must comply with.

SGX takes Carrot and Stick Approach to set Good Corporate Behaviour

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The Singapore Exchange has decided to deal with the corporate behaviour of listed companies using the Carrot and stick approach, which rewards good behaviour and allows a chain of accountability in place to deal with malfeasance.

ConCom’s Final Draft Charter bars PRRD from running in 2022

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - The final and official draft of the Consultative Committee’s (ConCom) proposed Federal Constitution now bars President Rodrigo R. Duterte from running in the 2022 general elections.

Makabayan Bloc seeks Probe on Jollibee Labor Issues

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Students; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - Lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives on Tuesday sought a congressional probe into the alleged "illegal" and "unfair" labor practices of Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) and its service contractors.

SC suspends Work Tuesday Noon due to Bad Weather

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Students; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - Acting Chief Justice and Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio announced the suspension of work in Supreme Court (SC) effective Tuesday noon due to inclement weather.

Finance Officials under Scrutiny as 35 face Disciplinary Measures

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times
At least 35 finance officials have been disciplined for abuses of power, according to an official report. The report was presented at a three-day 6th Plenary Meeting of the Ministry of Finance’s Party Committee scheduled to end today, according to Social Economic Newspaper.

Jobless Man gets Four Months' Jail for hurting Wife

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PETALING JAYA, July 17 (Bernama) - An unemployed man was sentenced to four months' jail by the Magistrate's Court here today for injuring his wife, last March.

Bar Council invites Feedback on the Revamp to the Legal Profession Act 1976

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Malaysian Bar
Pursuant to a request by the Attorney General, the Bar Council is working on revamping the Legal Profession Act 1976. The proposal is scheduled to be submitted to the Attorney General later this year.

IRAS e-Tax Guide on GST: The Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (Thirteenth edition)

Date: 17 July 2018; Type: Guide; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
This Guide seeks to cover the description of the process and data flow under the eTRS, conditions and fees applicable for participation in the eTRS, application procedures under the eTRS and overview of the system requirements under the eTRS.

Legislative Changes relating to AGMs and ARs timelines will take effect on 31 August

Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority
As part of on-going efforts to keep Singapore business friendly and competitive, legislative changes to the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 that will reduce the regulatory burden for companies will take effect on 31 Aug 2018.

CAAP Powers to devolve

Date: 15 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
A technical working group of the Committees on Government Enterprises and Transportation last Tuesday started fine tuning House Bill 7306 or the proposed “Philippine Airport Development Corporation Act” aiming to create the PADC as the airport authority to ensure and accelerate development of air transport facilities and services.

Penal Code Review to better protect Vulnerable

Date: 14 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
While giving a keynote address at an event, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam has said that the ongoing penal code review might include new offences and harsher punishments for those who target the vulnerable.

BNM updates the List of Unauthorised Companies and Websites

Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bank Negara
BNM updates the List of Unauthorised Companies and Websites
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has updated its Financial Consumer Alert list. The list consists of companies and websites which are neither authorised nor approved under the relevant laws and regulations administered by BNM.

Duo jailed for aiding Ex-CHC Leader in alleged Escape Bid

Date: 14 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Two men, who pleaded guilty to helping City Harvest Church leader Chew Eng Han in his alleged escape bid, were sentenced to jail by the Court.

Putting the brakes on Vexatious Legal Actions

Date: 16 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The proposed amendments to the Supreme Court of Judicature Act, which draw from Britain and Canada, will empower the High Court and the Court of Appeal to restrain a vexatious litigant to varying degrees.
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Zamboanga del Sur Vice-Mayor gets Jail Term for Graft

The Sandiganbayan convicted former mayor, now vice-mayor, Allan Damas of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur, of violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act).

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CA affirms Retirement Age Rule for PAL Flight Attendants

MANILA, July 18 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the validity of the Philippine Airlines’ (PAL) rule on the compulsory retirement age for its flight attendants.

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Foreign Investment permitted in Mining Sector under New Government Regulations

Local and foreign investments in Myanmar’s mining blocks will be permitted under the new Myanmar Mining Rule enacted February 2018, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MON ...

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DSWD holds First National Solo Parents’ Summit

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Bar Council invites Feedback on the Revamp to the Legal Profession Act 1976

Pursuant to a request by the Attorney General, the Bar Council is working on revamping the Legal Profession Act 1976. The proposal is scheduled to be submitted to the Attorney General later this year.

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Native Leaders must help Government explain Land Bill

SIBU, July 15 (Bernama) - Native community leaders should help the government to explain to the people that the State Land (Amendment) Bill 2018 concerning Native Customary Right (NCR) lands will greatly benefit them as ...

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SMEs get Multibillion-Peso Tax Breaks under TRAIN

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PH highlights Climate Action Plans during ASEAN Meeting on Climate Change

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APO adopts Strategic Foresight-Based Approach to make Member Countries Future-Ready

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Indonesia, EU to establish Most Modern Trade Agreement Indonesia, Gambia forge Cooperation in Protocol, Security of OIC Summit Government wants Report from Contractors failing to return Tender Document more

Finance Officials under Scrutiny as 35 face Disciplinary Measures

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New Decree offers Tax Breaks for Investors in Lao SEZs Propose Law to promote Public Private Partnerships, NA instructs Land Use Master plan gets NA Approval more

Government needs to reinstate Parliamentary Services Act

KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 (Bernama) - The government should be serious in efforts to restore the integrity of the Parliament by reinstating the Parliamentary Services Act 1963, said a backbencher.

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Justice George Wei to resign from Supreme Court

Justice George Wei, who had joined the Supreme Court as a Judicial Commissioner in 2013, and chaired the IP Dispute Resolution Framework Committee which made recommendations to the Government on how to enhance access to the IP dispute resolution system, have resigned from the post.

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PH prepares for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

MANILA, July 18 - Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola led the inter-agency consultation meeting last 03 July 2018 to prepare for the last round of negotiations for the inter-governmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM).

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PH Ambassador to Spain turns over Chairmanship of ASEAN Committee in Madrid

MADRID, July 18 - Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier formally turned over the chairmanship of the ASEAN Committee in Madrid (ACM) to Thai Ambassador to Spain Rattikul Chansuriya.

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PH highlights Climate Action Plans during ASEAN Meeting on Climate Change

SINGAPORE, July 18 - The Philippines reaffirmed its leadership on climate action as Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) highlighted the country’s initiatives on climate change, during the Special ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action (SAMCA) on 10 July at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore.

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Moment of Truth as Oversight Committee set to decide on NMP ToR

Following a pivotal stakeholders’ consultation, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will convene the members of the Oversight Committee on Friday, 20 July 2018, to set the selection process of a new major player in the public telecommunications market in motion.

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CDC Chairman: Five Election Commissioners can organize General Election

BANGKOK, July 18 (NNT) - The Constitution Drafting Committee is confident the newly-appointed Election Commissioners can handle the general election plan even though there are only five of them.

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Weekly Cabinet Meeting approves Series of Economic Programs

BANGKOK, July 18 (NNT) - The weekly Cabinet meeting has discussed the celebration of HM the King’s birthday and approved a number of economic programs.

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OSMEP continues to promote SMEs

BANGKOK, July 17 (NNT) - The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion (OSMEP) has continued to promote Thai entrepreneurs in line with its project to develop new market channels for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).

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Federalism still Best Antidote for over-centralization: ConCom

MANILA, July 18 (PNA) - Federalism is still the best antidote for the over concentration of powers in the national government, the Consultative Committee (ConCom) maintained Tuesday, as it presented the draft of its proposed Federal Constitution before the Senate.

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SC suspends Work in NCR Courts Wednesday due to Heavy Rains

MANILA, July 18 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ordered a suspension of work in all courts in the National Capital Judicial Region (NCJR) due to the continuous rains brought by the southwest monsoon.

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APO adopts Strategic Foresight-Based Approach to make Member Countries Future-Ready

TOKYO, July 18 (Antara/BUSINESS WIRE) - To enable member economies to adopt digital technologies in the industry, agriculture, public, and service sectors for holistic socioeconomic development, the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) is incorporating a strategic foresight-based approach and practices to assist them in developing future-ready capabilities and national productivity frameworks.

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Indonesia, EU to establish Most Modern Trade Agreement

Jakarta, July 18 (ANTARA News) - The fifth round of talks on the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (I-EU CEPA) will prepare the most modern trade agreement, as it covers several specific issues not addressed earlier.

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Sarawak Assembly to appeal Court Decision on Pujut Assemblyman

KUCHING, July 18 (Bernama) - The Sarawak Legislative Assembly today approved a motion for it apply for leave to appeal to the Federal Court against a Court of Appeal decision upholding a High Court judgment reinstating Dr Ting Tiong Choon as the rightful Pujut assemblyman.

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BBL should be passed before PRRD’s Third SONA

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston Castelo on Tuesday said the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) should be passed into law before the third State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 23).

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DILG laments Disinformation on Federalism

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - Amid growing awareness on the administration’s campaign for constitutional reform, an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) cried foul over disinformation spreading about federalism.

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Makabayan Bloc seeks Probe on Jollibee Labor Issues

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - Lawmakers belonging to the Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives on Tuesday sought a congressional probe into the alleged "illegal" and "unfair" labor practices of Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) and its service contractors.

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Nine Regional Wage Boards submit Salary Hike Order for Workers: DOLE

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - Nine wage boards have submitted salary adjustments for workers in the private sectors, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday said.

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SC recommends Martires as Next Ombudsman

MANILA, July 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday unanimously recommended Associate Justice Samuel Martires to the Judicial Bar and Council as the country’s next Ombudsman.

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