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Appeals Court strikes out Khairy's Notice of Appeal

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today struck out the notice of appeal filed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a defamation lawsuit in which he was ordered to pay RM150,000 in general damages to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. A three-man bench comprising justices Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Puan Sri Zaleha Yusof and Datuk Zabariah Mohd Yusof unanimously allowed Anwar's application to strike out the notice of appeal. Tengku Maimun who chaired the bench said there was some ambiguity in the notice of appeal.

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TWG fine-tunes Bills creating UP Zamboanga

Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House committee on higher and technical education approved this week the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will fine-tune House Bills 1708 and 2498, both seeking to establish the University of the Philippines (UP) in Zamboanga City to serve students especially from Western Mindanao, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Ministry of Finance agrees with Bank Licensing Plan

Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Feb 19 (NNT) - The Permanent Secretary for Finance, Somchai Sajjapongse, said the Ministry of Finance agrees with the move taken by Bank of Thailand to allow 7-Eleven convenience stores to provide a deposit and withdrawal service.

Government urged to draft Mental Health Care Policy

Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
After police and officials announced on February 1 that the suspect in a petrol bomb attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house was suffering from mental illness, mental health societies urged the government to come up with a comprehensive mental health care programme for the country.
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Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-Abra Mayor for P2.1M Fund Misuse

Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman
The Sandiganbayan has convicted Baay-Licuan, Abra ex-Mayor Aunnielyne Castillo of three counts of Malversation of Public Funds (Article 217, Revised Penal Code). She was sentenced to imprisonment ranging from six years to 11 years for one count and two years to six years each for two counts. The court also ordered Castillo to pay a total fine of P2 ...

ICT Committee impels Telcos to halt All Activities that prey on Subscribers’ Prepaid Load

Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House Committee on Information and Communications Technology, chaired by Rep. Victor A. Yap (Second District, Tarlac), called on the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), Globe Telecom and Smart Communications to report on how ...

Partner's Shares in Firm worth $15K, Court rules

Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
The dispute between two partners of a company regarding the value offered for buying out the minority holder ended with the Court accepting the valuation made by the expert witness of the majority shareholder.

Government on track on Migrant Workers Regulation

Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - The government is working to solve the issue of illegal migrant workers in Thailand to have it completed within the set timeframe, focusing on joining hands with related agencies and authorities from the countries of origin.

Coca-Cola compensates Retrenched Workers

Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
Coca-Cola Pinya Beverages Myanmar Ltd (CCPBM) and its sacked transportation workers have reached a settlement to resolve their dispute, one of the workers told The Myanmar Times on Sunday.

Striking Garment Workers return to work after Deal

Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times
Nearly 200 garment factory workers on Wednesday returned to work after the management agreed to fulfill some of their demands, worker leaders and factory executives told The Myanmar Times.

The Malaysian Government must uphold Provisions of International and Domestic Law

Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Malaysian Bar
The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Malaysian Government to adhere to principles of international law, specifically the customary international law of non-refoulement, and refrain from sending 11 Uighurs reportedly in Malaysian custody back to China.

Securities Commission Malaysia and Bursa Malaysia to implement New Measures to boost Market Vibran

Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bursa Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 14 - The Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) and Bursa Malaysia Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia” or the “Exchange”) today outlined the operational details of various new measures to further enhance the vibrancy and liquidity of the equity market.

CDC: Organic Law vetting Committees don’t take Orders from NCPO

Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) has denied a rumor that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has ordered the joint vetting committees to reject the last two organic bills.

Emergency Decree extended for 3 Southernmost Provinces except Betong of Yala

Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - Thailand's Emergency Situation Commission has decided to extend the Emergency Decree in the three southern border provinces by another three months, but has removed Betong district of Yala province from the controlled area in support of economic and social development.

72 Summonses issued during Chinese New Year Operations in Perlis - JPJ

Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
KANGAR, Feb 16 (Bernama) - The Perlis Road Transport Department (JPJ) issued a total of 72 summonses for various offences in conjunction with a 2018 Chinese New Year Special Operation last night.

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Date: 16 January 2017; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 1500 K/Pid.Sus/2016; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Illegal Migrant Workers in Sukhothai urged to obtain Legal Status

Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
SUKHOTHAI, Feb 16 (NNT) - Many business operators in Thailand's Sukhothai province have taken their migrant workers to One Stop Service centers to obtain legal documents that allow them to continue working in Thailand.

Social Development Minister delivers Policy on Protection of Human-Trafficking Victims

Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
NONTHABURI, Feb 16 (NNT) - The Minister of Social Development and Human Security has announced a policy designed to protect victims of human trafficking in accordance with international practice.

DFA seeks Labor Deal with Kuwait Amid Deployment Ban

Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - While certain assurances on the protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) made by the Kuwaiti government were welcomed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is considering a bilateral agreement with the Kuwaiti government to ensure the safety of OFWs in the Gulf state.
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Ministry of Finance agrees with Bank Licensing Plan

BANGKOK, Feb 19 (NNT) - The Permanent Secretary for Finance, Somchai Sajjapongse, said the Ministry of Finance agrees with the move taken by Bank of Thailand to allow 7-Eleven convenience stores to provide a deposit and ...

Securities Commission Malaysia and Bursa Malaysia to implement New Measures to boost Market Vibran No governing Law makes Digital Currency Investment risky: SEC MAS sets out e-Payment Guidelines for Banks, Consumers more

Proposed Decision on Seven Tuition and Day Care Centres for Price Fixing Conduct

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) had issued a proposed decision against seven (7) tuition and day care centres for infringing section 4 of the Competition Act 2010 (CA 2010) by collectivel ...

MyCC proposes Penalty on Seven Tuition and Day-Care Centres MyCC signs Corruption-Free Pledge PCC okays SM Acquisition of Goldilocks more

Partner's Shares in Firm worth $15K, Court rules

The dispute between two partners of a company regarding the value offered for buying out the minority holder ended with the Court accepting the valuation made by the expert witness of the majority shareholder.

Appeals Court strikes out Khairy's Notice of Appeal High Court dismisses Ronasutra Cosmetics' Appeal over RM265,000 Payment to Vanidah SEC warns Public vs Unregistered Retail Trade Firms more

Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-Abra Mayor for P2.1M Fund Misuse

The Sandiganbayan has convicted Baay-Licuan, Abra ex-Mayor Aunnielyne Castillo of three counts of Malversation of Public Funds (Article 217, Revised Penal Code). She was sentenced to imprisonment ranging from six years t ...

Indonesia renews Commitment to end Violence against Children Alizar panggilan Al Social Development Minister delivers Policy on Protection of Human-Trafficking Victims more

Government on track on Migrant Workers Regulation

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - The government is working to solve the issue of illegal migrant workers in Thailand to have it completed within the set timeframe, focusing on joining hands with related agencies and authorities f ...

Coca-Cola compensates Retrenched Workers Striking Garment Workers return to work after Deal Illegal Migrant Workers in Sukhothai urged to obtain Legal Status more

ICT Committee impels Telcos to halt All Activities that prey on Subscribers’ Prepaid Load

The House Committee on Information and Communications Technology, chaired by Rep. Victor A. Yap (Second District, Tarlac), called on the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Department of T ...

Policy on Government’s Social Media Use undergoes Final Consultation House to fine-tune E-Govt Bill Singapore's New Cyber Law, One Step in Many to make Online Safe more

House okays Bill on Irrigable Lands' Conversion Ban

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure penalizing the conversion of irrigated and irrigable lands for non-agricultural purposes to ensure food securtiy in the country ...

Those using Banned Construction Material risk Legal Action - Noh House OKs Creation of New Government Housing Body Seminar held to ensure understanding on New Land and Building Tax Act more

DOF supports House Bill calling for Tax Amnesty

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The Finance department supports House Bill 7105, which pushes for a tax amnesty program, in a bid to help the government collect taxes easily. The bill, which involves Part B of Package 1 of t ...

TRAIN removes Oppressive Rates for Delinquent Tax Payments Income Taxes not covered will be collected according to Specified Rates Government to remove Withholding Taxes from April 1 to support Businesses more

72 Summonses issued during Chinese New Year Operations in Perlis - JPJ

KANGAR, Feb 16 (Bernama) - The Perlis Road Transport Department (JPJ) issued a total of 72 summonses for various offences in conjunction with a 2018 Chinese New Year Special Operation last night.

DPWH undertakes Access Audit on Implementation of Accessibility Law Johor mulls imposing Surcharge for reloading Touch N Go at CIQ House Panels approve Abolition of Road Board more

Indonesia renews Commitment to end Violence against Children

London, Feb 18 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has renewed its commitment to continue to halt all forms of violence against children during an international conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on Feb 14 and 15.

Alizar panggilan Al Menteri Perhubungan RI v PT Sari Indo Prima Line Zuly Dony Arifandi DK v Kepala Kantor Pertanahan Kota Balikpapan DKK more

Cabinet approves 10 Draft Laws

The government cabinet on Friday approved amendment drafts to nine laws and one newly drafted law in its extraordinary meeting in a move towards pursuing the rule of law.

Minimum Wage Hike still Problematic Enforce Court Verdicts, Justice Ministry told Government seeks better Regulation of Associations more

Appeals Court strikes out Khairy's Notice of Appeal

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today struck out the notice of appeal filed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a defamation lawsuit in which he was ordered to pay RM150,000 in general dam ...

High Court dismisses Ronasutra Cosmetics' Appeal over RM265,000 Payment to Vanidah The Malaysian Government must uphold Provisions of International and Domestic Law Securities Commission Malaysia and Bursa Malaysia to implement New Measures to boost Market Vibran more

Government urged to draft Mental Health Care Policy

After police and officials announced on February 1 that the suspect in a petrol bomb attack on Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s house was suffering from mental illness, mental health societies urged the government to come up ...

Coca-Cola compensates Retrenched Workers Striking Garment Workers return to work after Deal Former Child Soldier gets Six Months' Jail for Contempt more

Sandiganbayan convicts Ex-Abra Mayor for P2.1M Fund Misuse

The Sandiganbayan has convicted Baay-Licuan, Abra ex-Mayor Aunnielyne Castillo of three counts of Malversation of Public Funds (Article 217, Revised Penal Code). She was sentenced to imprisonment ranging from six years t ...

TWG fine-tunes Bills creating UP Zamboanga ICT Committee impels Telcos to halt All Activities that prey on Subscribers’ Prepaid Load DOF supports House Bill calling for Tax Amnesty more

Partner's Shares in Firm worth $15K, Court rules

The dispute between two partners of a company regarding the value offered for buying out the minority holder ended with the Court accepting the valuation made by the expert witness of the majority shareholder.

Singapore's New Cyber Law, One Step in Many to make Online Safe Criminal Appeal: Strict Terms for Fresh Prosecution Evidence MAS sets out e-Payment Guidelines for Banks, Consumers more

Ministry of Finance agrees with Bank Licensing Plan

BANGKOK, Feb 19 (NNT) - The Permanent Secretary for Finance, Somchai Sajjapongse, said the Ministry of Finance agrees with the move taken by Bank of Thailand to allow 7-Eleven convenience stores to provide a deposit and ...

Government on track on Migrant Workers Regulation CDC: Organic Law vetting Committees don’t take Orders from NCPO Emergency Decree extended for 3 Southernmost Provinces except Betong of Yala more

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PHL Embassy in Moscow issues Urgent Reminder: no Legal Status for Household Service Workers in Russia

MOSCOW, Feb 19 - In an advisory issued on February 13, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow reminded that “the category of household service worker is an occupation not open to Filipinos.” The Embassy issued the advisory after receiving queries from the public and media if Filipino household service workers could legally work in Russia.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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Swiss Institute of Federalism ink Academic Cooperation with UP

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Commerce Ministry keen to help SMEs expand Production Bases

BANGKOK, Feb 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce will assist Thai small and medium enterprises in their endeavors to expand their production capacity to meet the demand for their goods in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, also known as the CLMV region.

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Justice Ministry campaigns for Legal Awareness among Thais

BANGKOK, Feb 15 (NNT) - A transit advertising campaign is being organized by the Ministry of Justice in various provinces to raise awareness of the law and the justice system among public members and state agencies.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Government improves Business Service Quality to attract Foreign Investors

BANGKOK, Feb 14 (NNT) - The government is enhancing the quality of its business service to attract more foreign investors, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

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Social Ministry to return Ten Thousand Migrant Workers from Malaysia

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - The Social Ministry is planning to return 10 thousand Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia this year, Sonny Manalu the social rehabilitation of human trafficking director, stated here on Wednesday.

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Indonesia re-appointed to lead IFAD Session

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia once again led the 41st session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD), according to the Indonesian Embassy in Rome.

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Three New Judicial Commissioners of High Court appointed

Tan Puay Boon, Mavis Chionh and Ang Cheng Hock have been appointed as the Judicial Commissioners of the High Court by the President Halimah Yacob.

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Group urges DOLE: release Rules on 'Workplace Romance'

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A group called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue guidelines on workplace romance policy to prevent employers from implementing oppressive management prerogatives.

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Departing Lawyer urged NLD Government to get their Acts together

ERIC Rose from Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose Law Firm Limited (HRMR), the Myanmar affiliate of New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), attributed his exit to the combination of government inaction, the Rakhine crisis, remaining US financial sanctions and the suspension of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which he alluded to as a “three-legged stool”.

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