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SC revokes Licence, imposes Penalty against Individual

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC) has revoked the Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence (CMSRL) of Shaiful Nazren Kassim for improper business practices, effective Dec 7, 2018.

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MOF invites Feedback on Budget 2019

The Ministry of Finance is seeking views and suggestions from Singaporeans in preparation for Budget 2019 from 3 December 2018. The public can visit the REACH Budget 2019 microsite (www.reach.gov.sg/budget2019) to submit their views. The six-week feedback exercise will conclude on 11 January 2019.
Date: 02 December 2018; Type: Press Release; Source: Ministry of Finance

BNM to supervise TH starting January Next Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) will be placed under Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) supervision starting January next year to improve the organisation’s governance, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DPM and Industry Minister outline SME Bank Policy

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Minister of Industry Utama Saowanayon have handed down policies to the SME Development Bank (SME Bank) focused on aiding business operators in 2019 and setting a target that elevates 600,000 enterprises into the E-Commerce realm.
Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

SC, BNM working on Regulations for Digital Assets

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 (Bernama) - Regulations are currently being put in place to bring digital assets within the remit of securities laws to promote fair and orderly trading and ensure investor protection, the Securities Commission (SC) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said today. Digital assets refer to digital currencies and digital tokens.&nbs ...
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SGMA Bill regulating Islamic Banking in PHL Hurdles Final Reading

The House of Representatives, voting 121-0 without abstention, approved on third and final reading House Bill 8281 or “An Act Providing for the Regulation and Organization of Islamic Banks” which is authored by former President and now Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

VIB allowed to apply Basel II

HÀ NỘI, Nov 28 - Vietnam International Bank (SBV) has received approval from the State Bank of Việt Nam (SBV) to apply capital adequacy ratio following Basel II standards.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News

Government to announce Two Financial Frameworks Next Year

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 (Bernama) - The government will announce two key frameworks in the first quarter of 2019 regarding cryptocurrency and property crowdfunding regulations to be meted out by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC).
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Banking (Amendment) Act 2016 (Commencement) Notification 2018

The is to notify that except for sections 12(2) and 13(2) of the Banking (Amendment) Act 2016, the Act comes into operation on 30 November 2018.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 773; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

House extends availability of 2018 Budget

MANILA, Nov 26 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a joint resolution seeking to extend the availability of the 2018 appropriations for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and capital outlays (COs) until Dec. 31, 2019.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DBM adopts More Government Budgetary, Fiscal Reforms

TAGAYTAY CITY, Nov 23 (PNA) - The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is adopting more budgetary and fiscal reforms for an innovative, effective, and responsive government in the long term, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said on Thursday.
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bank Negara Digital Currency Decider

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 (Bernama) - Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng, says anyone wishing to introduce a new cryptocurrency will have to refer to Bank Negara as they have the final say.
Date: 26 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bill of the Finance Bill 2018

This Bill seeks to amend the Income Tax Act 1967, the Promotion of Investments Act 1986, the Stamp Act 1949, the Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976, the Labuan Business Activity Tax Act 1990, the Service Tax Act 2018 and the Sales Tax Act 2018.
Date: 22 November 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: DR 24 of 2018; Source: Parliament

Hup Seng Lee Pte Ltd v Jaclyn Patrina Reutens

Credit and Security - Performance bond

Date: 16 November 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 249; Source: Singapore Law Watch

First Singapore Trial involving bitcoin Starts

The trial for Singapore's first legal dispute involving the cryptocurrency bitcoin started yesterday, with a court expected to decide whether a number of trades done in April last year had been wrongfully reversed - leading to proceeds being deducted without authorisation.
Date: 22 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Parliament passes into Law RAPBN 2019 in Plenary Session

Jakarta, Oct 31 (ANTARA News) - The House of Representatives (DPR) has passed into law the draft state budget (RAPBN) 2019 in a plenary session here on Wednesday. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the draf ...

Government to set aside Special Allocation funds for National Museums House Commission approves Additional Budget for Industry 4.0 Bank Indonesia to prioritize Monetary Policy more

Central Bank Governor gets New Legal Backing

The Governor of the Bank of the Lao PDR has gained legal backing to chair the central bank’s top policy and decision-making body. President Bounnhang Vorachit on August 3 promulgated the newly-amended Law on t ...

NA debates Draft Law on Central Bank Beware of Illegal Transactions by Fake Banks, Public warned New Service Fee Regulation to boost SME, Selected Sectors more

SC revokes Licence, imposes Penalty against Individual

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC) has revoked the Capital Markets Services Representative’s Licence (CMSRL) of Shaiful Nazren Kassim for improper business practices, effective Dec 7, 2 ...

BNM to supervise TH starting January Next Year SC, BNM working on Regulations for Digital Assets Government to announce Two Financial Frameworks Next Year more

Central Bank provides New Details on Foreign-Bank Directive

Foreign banks will be allowed to expand their branch networks in Myanmar next year, according to two senior officials of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) yesterday.

Central Bank allows Foreign Banks to lend to Local Businesses Rules permitting Foreigners to Trade likely out This Year MOB to allow Digital Payment System more

SGMA Bill regulating Islamic Banking in PHL Hurdles Final Reading

The House of Representatives, voting 121-0 without abstention, approved on third and final reading House Bill 8281 or “An Act Providing for the Regulation and Organization of Islamic Banks” which is authored ...

House extends availability of 2018 Budget DBM adopts More Government Budgetary, Fiscal Reforms House approves Bill on Regulation of Islamic Banks more

MOF invites Feedback on Budget 2019

The Ministry of Finance is seeking views and suggestions from Singaporeans in preparation for Budget 2019 from 3 December 2018. The public can visit the REACH Budget 2019 microsite (www.reach.gov.sg/budget2019) to s ...

Banking (Amendment) Act 2016 (Commencement) Notification 2018 Hup Seng Lee Pte Ltd v Jaclyn Patrina Reutens First Singapore Trial involving bitcoin Starts more

DPM and Industry Minister outline SME Bank Policy

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Minister of Industry Utama Saowanayon have handed down policies to the SME Development Bank (SME Bank) focused on aiding business operators in 2019 and ...

BoT relaxes Regulations to allow for Easier Loan Approvals Cabinet approves Special Budget to help Sugar Cane Growers Cabinet approves New Debt Moratorium Program for Eligible Farmers more

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.

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Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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