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Amendments seek to curtail Power of President, Election Body

A Constitutional amendment bill submitted by the Tatmadaw (military) and Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) would reduce the authority of the president and election commission.

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KPK bans Five People from traveling Abroad in Graft Case

Jakarta, May 21 (ANTARA) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has imposed an overseas travel ban on five people, due to their alleged roles in a corruption case related to the purchase of patrol ships at the Directorate General of Customs and Excise and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.
Date: 22 May 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Failure to amend Constitution will not obstruct Sabah from Claiming Rights

KOTA KINABALU, Apr 15 (Bernama) - The failure to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution will not prevent the government from continuing to pursue the rights of Sabah which have long been neglected, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. In this regard, he said the effort to claim and restore the rights of the state wou ...
Date: 15 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Amendment Bill fails to get Two-Thirds Majority Support

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 (Bernama) - The Constitutional Amendment Bill to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with the Federation of Malaya as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 failed to get the required two thirds majority support in the Dewan Rakyat today. It was shy of 10 votes to meet the threshold of 148 votes in t ...
Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Amendments to NSC Act will give Power to King to declare 'Security Zones'

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 (Bernama) - The proposed amendments to the National Security Act (NSC) tabled for the first reading at the Dewan Rakyat today seeks to give the Yang di-Pertuan Agong the power to declare any area in Malaysia as a ‘security zone’. Under the existing the NSC Act, this authority is given to the Prime Minister.  ...
Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New SOP on granting Citizenship to be announced soon

KOTA KINABALU, Apr 7 (Bernama) - The government will be announcing new standard operating procedure (SOP) on the process of granting citizenship especially to residents in this state as soon as a decision has been made on the matter.
Date: 07 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Clause to be amended to compel Government Buildings to obtain FC

CYBERJAYA, Apr 6 (Bernama) - A Clause in the Federal Constitution which refers to the exemption given to government buildings from having to obtain the Fire Certificate (FC) is expected to be amended in another two months to compel all government buildings to obtain the FC.
Date: 06 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Court strikes down "Double Presumptions" Provision for Drug Trafficking Conviction

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 5 (Bernama) - The Federal Court nine-man bench today struck down a provision under the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 (DDA) which allow the use of "double presumptions" to secure the conviction of an accused person charge for drug trafficking. In a landmark decision, the bench led by Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum declared sect ...
Date: 05 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bill of the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2019

This Bill seeks to amend the Federal Constitution.
Date: 06 April 2019; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: DR 7 of 2019; Source: Parliament

Proposal to lower Voting Age in next Parliament Meeting

SHAH ALAM, Apr 1 (Bernama) - A proposal to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age to from 21 years to 18 years will be brought up in the next Parliamentary meeting. Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said he would be tabling the proposal for debate in the next Parliamentary meeting.The Federal Constitution ...
Date: 01 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLD urged to allow Public Role in Charter Amendment

The public needs to take part in the National League for Democracy-led government’s effort to amend the constitution, social organisations said.
Date: 25 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Malaysia does not Recognize Dual Citizenship - Muhyiddin

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 21 (Bernama) - Malaysia does not recognise dual citizenship, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said. In response to the report alleging that thousands of Thai nationals were having dual citizenship which allowed them to go in and out of Malaysia without restriction since the 1980s, Muhyiddin said such dual citizenship holde ...
Date: 21 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Anwar can refer Constitutional Questions over NSC to Federal Court

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed Port Dickson Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to refer constitutional questions on his challenge over the implementation of the National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 to the Federal Court.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government can't implement Night 'Curfew' on Children yet - Dr Wan Azizah

KUALA LUMPUR, March 14 (Bernama) - The government feels the proposed night ‘curfew’ on children under the age of 18 cannot be implemented yet due to various reasons, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Date: 14 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Peaceful Assembly Act 2012: 10-Day Notice to be amended - Mohd Azis

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 (Bernama) -- The Home Ministry (KDN) will amend the 10-day notice under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA 2012) that requires organiser to submit a notice within the stipulated time before holding a rally, says its Deputy Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman. He said the proposal would be tabled by Home Minister Tan Sri Muh ...
Date: 12 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

King signs Article 45 Amendment paving way for Opposition Return

The change to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties has gone into effect after King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on the amendment on Sunday.

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KPK bans Five People from traveling Abroad in Graft Case

Jakarta, May 21 (ANTARA) - The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has imposed an overseas travel ban on five people, due to their alleged roles in a corruption case related to the purchase of patrol ships at the Dir ...

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Everyone must be Equal under the Law: Civil Code Drafters propose

Law drafters have proposed that all Lao people, in all regions of the country must be equal under the law, with gender equality included in this regard.

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Failure to amend Constitution will not obstruct Sabah from Claiming Rights

KOTA KINABALU, Apr 15 (Bernama) - The failure to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution will not prevent the government from continuing to pursue the rights of Sabah which have long been neglected, said Sabah Chi ...

Constitutional Amendment Bill fails to get Two-Thirds Majority Support Amendments to NSC Act will give Power to King to declare 'Security Zones' New SOP on granting Citizenship to be announced soon more

Amendments seek to curtail Power of President, Election Body

A Constitutional amendment bill submitted by the Tatmadaw (military) and Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) would reduce the authority of the president and election commission.

NLD urged to allow Public Role in Charter Amendment Amendment Committee starts Meetings at First Chapter of Constitution Parliament approves Charter Change Proposal despite Military Rejection more

House approves Draft Federal Charter on Second Reading

MANILA, Dec 4 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading Resolution of Both Houses (RBH) 15, or the proposed federal charter.

House to prioritize Draft Federal Charter next Week: Arroyo Makati Judge lifts Travel Ban on Trillanes Baguio’s Anti-Profanity Rule may not pass Constitutional Test more

Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Responsibility of the Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry)) (Amendment) Notification 2018

This is to notify that from 1 April 2018, the Prime Minister amends the Schedule to the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore (Responsibility of the Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry)) Notifica ...

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Ex-CJ speaks out against Lawyers' Tendency to seek Postponements

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 16 (Bernama) - Former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi has spoken out against the tendency by certain defence lawyers to seek postponements of cases being heard in court.

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New Competition Commission already under Fire

Myanmar’s professed commitment to competition reform has come under fire after the government packed the new Competition Commission with bureaucrats serving under a minister.

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NA Deputies give Opinions on Revised Labour Code

Hanoi, Jun 12 (VNA) - The revised Labour Code will the focus during the sitting of lawmakers on June 12 in the ongoing 7th session of the 14th National Assembly.

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Ability to pay Taxes Online a Boon for Vietnam’s Import-Export Businesses

Hanoi, Jun 6 (VNS/VNA) - Around 99 percent of import and export tax payments in Ho Chi Minh City are made online, according to the customs department.

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OWWA joins Urban Poor Caravan

MANILA, Jun 8 (PNA) - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will be joining the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) caravan to inform the public of its programs on overseas employment.

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Palace declares June 24 Holiday in Manila

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - Malacañang has declared June 24 as a special, non-working holiday in the City of Manila in celebration of its 448th founding anniversary.

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Legal Profession faces inherent Risks not Exclusive to NUPL

MANILA, Jun6 (PNA) - A state lawyer of the Office of the Solicitor General said Thursday the legal profession faces "inherent risks not exclusive to the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL)".

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DOJ forms Panel to probe Jacky Co Case

MANILA, Jun 6 (PNA) - A prosecution panel has been assigned for the preliminary investigation on the complaints filed against alleged Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and others implicated in the smuggling of PHP1.8 billion worth of illegal drugs into the country.

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Myanmar still short of Judges, says Supreme Court

The number of judges in the country is just two thirds of the number required, according the 2018 annual report of the Union Supreme Court.

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RCI on Judicial Misconduct is what People Want - Dr Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 5 (Bernama) - The government agreed to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on judicial misconduct because this is what the people want, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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CJ stresses Importance of beefing up Legal Education

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin emphasized the commitment of his administration to leave no stone unturned in reforming the country's legal education system.

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Double Pay for Workers on June 5

MANILA, Jun 3 (PNA) - Private sector workers, who will report to duty on Wednesday, June 5, will be paid twice their regular daily wages, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Monday.

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Complaints via Whatsapp: RTD issues More than 200 Notices

KUALA LUMPUR, June 3 (Bernama) - More than 200 notices have been issued by the Road Transport Department (RTD) as result of consumer complaints via the Whatsapp application during the three days enforcement operation, in conjunction with Adilfitri, which began on May 29.

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Online Trader benefits from Industrial Revolution 4.0

KOTA BHARU, Jun 2 (Bernama) - The Industry Revolution 4.0, which is occurring all over the world, has given huge benefit to online traders in marketing their products to consumers.

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Vietnam attends ASEAN Plus Three, EAS SOMs

Bangkok, May 30 (VNA) - Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung, who is head of the country’s SOM ASEAN, attended the ASEAN Plus Three SOM and East Asia Summit (EAS) SOM, which were held within the framework of the ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) in Bangkok on May 30.

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JBC sets Public Interviews for SC Aspirants

MANILA, May 31 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has released the schedule of the public panel interview of hopefuls vying for a Supreme Court (SC) post, to be vacated by Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo who will compulsorily retire on July 29.

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Mohd Roze Shaari is New Intelligence/Operations Deputy Director

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) - Bukit Aman's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has a new Intelligence/Operations deputy director.

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Give Mandatory Counselling, Community Service Sessions to Road Bullies - MCPF

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has suggested that compulsory counselling and community service sessions be meted out to individuals detained for dangerous driving and road rage.

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