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Exporters permitted to register for Customs Relief under GSP

Traders engaged in the export of goods to the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey will be able to apply for customs relief under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) at the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

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Ong Siew Hwa v UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd

Contracts & commercial – Whether the contractual relationship between the dealer and the consumer superseded by the Hire Purchase Agreement as stated in the Federal Court case of Ahmad Ismail v Malaya Motor Company [1973] 2 MLJ 66

Consumer law – Whether section 32 of the Consumer Protection Act 1999 and/or section 16 of t ...

Date: 15 May 2018; Court: Federal Court; Citation: [2018] MYFC 15; Source: Federal Court Registry

Interpretation (Delegation of Powers - Ministry of Trade and Industry) (Economic Expansion Incentives) Notification 2018

This Notification is deemed to have come into operation on 1 May 2018.
Date: 13 June 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 403; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Selvanathan A/L Thiruvengadam and Another v John Varistus Totu @ John Francis Totu and Another

Contracts & commercial – Sale and purchase agreement for transfer of property – Restriction in interest in that transfer of title could only be effected with the consent of the State Authority – Whether the agreement automatically becomes null and void – Whether the agreement not binding on the parties owing to mutual ...

Date: 28 May 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 185; Source: Federal Court Registry

Bill of the Act prohibiting the Imposition of Interest on Unpaid Hospital Bills and Medical Expenses of Patients

This Bill proposes to prohibit the imposition of any additional interest and penalty charges on unpaid hospital bills and medical expenses for one year from the patient’s discharge. This prohibition shall benefit only those patients who earn minimum wage or less.
Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1801 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Rules of Origin under the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement

This circular outlines the salient points of the Rules of Origin requirements and operational procedures for exports of Singapore-originating goods claiming preferential tariff treatment in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Circular No. 05/2018
Date: 22 May 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Customs Department

License Renewals for Gem Blocks suspended until New Law stipulated, but Small-Scale Work permitted

More than 8,000 acres of jade and gem blocks backed by the State are expected to remain active until 2021, said U Aung Nyunt Thein, managing director of the Myanmar Gems Enterprise under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation.
Date: 24 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Emas Kiara Sdn Bhd v Michael Joseph Monteiro and 2 Others

Contracts & commercial – Receivers & managers – Letter by receivers & managers – Legal effect of the letter – Whether the letter concludes a contract between the parties – Whether there was certainty of subject matter – Whether there was certainty as to contracting parties – Whether there was ...

Date: 26 April 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 151; Source: Federal Court Registry

Broadley Construction Pte Ltd v Alacran Design Pte Ltd

Contract - Misrepresentation - Fraudulent; Contract - Unilateral mistake

Date: 16 May 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] SGCA 25; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Government to enact New Law to promote Community Enterprises

BANGKOK, May 16 (NNT) - The government is working on a new draft law designed to help promote community enterprises in Thailand.
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Senate approves Innovative Startup Bill

MANILA, May 16 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday approved on third and final reading a proposed measure that seeks to give business entrepreneurs a better chance of succeeding in the industry by providing them with tax breaks and other forms of assistance. Senate Bill No. 1532, or the “Act Providing Benefits and Programs to Strengthen, Pro ...
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Enterprise Singapore Board (Accreditation Marks) Notification 2018

This Notification comes into operation on 14 May 2018.
Date: 14 May 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 302; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Enterprise Singapore Board (Certification Marks) Notification 2018

This Notification comes into operation on 14 May 2018.
Date: 14 May 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 303; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Minister names New Measures to improve ease of doing Business

Procedures have been streamlined in a bid to speed up the approval of investment proposals by businesses and enable them to register more quickly.
Date: 13 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang v Mohd Noor Sirajajudeen and Another

Contracts & commercial – Property management agreement – Alleged breach of the agreement owing to the plaintiff’s failure to pay the monthly appointment fee to the defendant – Termination of the agreement – Whether termination in compliance with the agreement – Notice of termination – Whether the not ...

Date: 08 May 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 148; Source: Federal Court Registry

Government to complete Draft Regulation on e-Commerce soon

Jakarta, Apr 13 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will soon complete a draft regulation on e-commerce, in order to create business equality in the country, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said. E-commerce ...

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Minister names New Measures to improve ease of doing Business

Procedures have been streamlined in a bid to speed up the approval of investment proposals by businesses and enable them to register more quickly.

Advertising signs need Permits: Vientiane Authorities Government seeks better Regulation of Associations Tighter Regulation to squeeze Small Business Credit more

Ong Siew Hwa v UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd

Contracts & commercial – Whether the contractual relationship between the dealer and the consumer superseded by the Hire Purchase Agreement as stated in the Federal Court case of Ahmad Ismail v Malaya Motor ...

Selvanathan A/L Thiruvengadam and Another v John Varistus Totu @ John Francis Totu and Another Emas Kiara Sdn Bhd v Michael Joseph Monteiro and 2 Others Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang v Mohd Noor Sirajajudeen and Another more

Exporters permitted to register for Customs Relief under GSP

Traders engaged in the export of goods to the European Union, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey will be able to apply for customs relief under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) at the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

License Renewals for Gem Blocks suspended until New Law stipulated, but Small-Scale Work permitted Legislation needed to govern Industrial Zone Development K500,000 Fine for Unlicensed Thaingyan Private Pumps more

Bill of the Act prohibiting the Imposition of Interest on Unpaid Hospital Bills and Medical Expenses of Patients

This Bill proposes to prohibit the imposition of any additional interest and penalty charges on unpaid hospital bills and medical expenses for one year from the patient’s discharge. This prohibition shall benefit o ...

Senate approves Innovative Startup Bill Spouses Larry and Another v Spouses Florencio and Another House Panel okays Two Pro-Entrepreneurship Bills more

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Carpio to decline Nominations as Next CJ

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Special Committee to monitor Prices after Zero GST

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