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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 Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. In this regard, he said the effort to claim and restore the rights of the state would not have happened without the support of the leaders, regardless of whether they are from the government, opposition and the people of Sabah.

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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

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

Cabinet agrees to amend Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution - Liew

KOTA KINABALU, Mar 8 (Bernama) - Minister of Law in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today said that the Cabinet has agreed to amend Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia. He said the decision to amend the constitution was reache ...
Date: 08 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Court dissolves Thai Raksa Chart Party

BANGKOK, Mar 7 (NNT) - The Constitutional Court has dissolved Thai Raksa Chart Party after naming a member of the Royal Family as candidate for premier.
Date: 07 March 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Thai News Agency

Parliament to debate SOSMA, Peaceful Assembly Act 2012

PUTRAJAYA, Mar 5 (Bernama) - The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) and Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 are expected to be debated at the next Parliament session, said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said several amendments were being made to the two laws, which would be brought to the cabinet for approval before ...
Date: 05 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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The House asks Government to discuss Revision of ASN Law

Jakarta, Sept 26 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives Bambang Soesatyo asked the government to immediately discuss the revision of Law Number 5 of 2014 concerning State Civil Apparatus (ASN ...

President revises National Action Plan for Human Rights Constitutional Court reviews International Agreement Law more

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

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.

Amendment Committee starts Meetings at First Chapter of Constitution Parliament approves Charter Change Proposal despite Military Rejection Trade Department Chief fired 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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Palace suspends Government Work for Holy Week Exodus

MANILA, Apr 17 (PNA) - Malacañang suspended work on Wednesday (April 17), 12 noon onwards, to allow government employees to travel to their respective regions in time for the observance of Maundy Thursday (April 18) and Good Friday (April 19).

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JBC asks Applicant to comment on Gadon Opposition

MANILA, Apr 16 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has asked an applicant for a vacancy in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to comment on an opposition to her appointment filed last month by senatorial candidate and lawyer, Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon.

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PCC approves Ayala-PHINMA Energy Deal

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the acquisition of the majority stake in PHINMA Energy by Ayala Corporation’s power branch, AC Energy.

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8,254 Workers Re-employed after getting Assistance from ESO

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 16 (Bernama) - A total of 8,254 unemployed workers have been re-employed after receiving assistance from the employment service officers (ESOs) since the Re-Employment Placement Programme for Employment Insurance System (EIS) commenced in August 2018.

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Two Indonesians fined RM100,000 for Possessing Illicit Cigarettes

KLANG, Apr 16 (Bernama) - Two Indonesian retail shop workers were fined RM100,000 by the Magistrate Court here today after pleading guilty to possessing 854 packs of illegal cigarettes of various brands valued at RM1,668.56.

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"Go to the Mosque, get Closer to God," Judge advises Robber

IPOH, Apr 16 (Bernama) - "Go to the mosque, get closer to God, be a good person and stop taking drugs," Sessions Court judge Azman Abu Hassan told a palm oil fruit collector.

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Fake News Bill: Law Society refutes Online Flak over Alleged Silence

Law Society president Gregory Vijayendran said that the organization will share their views over the draft Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act privately with policymakers, and has refuted online flak about its so-called "deafening silence".

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SC suspends Work in Courts for Holy Week

MANILA, Apr 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday announced its modified work schedule for the Holy Week, starting with a half-day work on Wednesday.

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Fourth 'Justice Zone' opens in Pampanga

MANILA, Apr 13 (PNA) - The fourth Justice Zone in the country has been formally opened in Angeles, Pampanga by the Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC).

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Indonesia Industrial Summit to be held on April 15-16

Jakarta, April 13 (ANTARA) - The Industry Ministry will organize the 2019 Indonesia Industrial Summit (IIS) themed "Implementation of Making Indonesia 4.0 Toward Top Ten Global Economies", in ICE BSD, Tangerang, Banten Province, on April 15 and 16.

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200 Lawyers gather in Kuala Lumpur for TerraLex

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 13 (Bernama) - A total of 200 lawyers from 50 countries have gathered here for the TerraLex Global Meeting to discuss a wide variety of legal and economic issues impacting Malaysia.

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Chief Justice pens Touching Farewell to Colleagues

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 13 (Bernama) - "All I ask from you is to protect the judiciary no matter what others may say," said Tan Sri Richard Malanjum in his farewell message to the judges, officers and employees of the judiciary upon his retirement yesterday.

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Chief Justice Richard Malanjum retires

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum retires today after serving 27 years in the judiciary.

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SC launches New Public-Friendly Website

BAGUIO CITY, Apr 11 (PNA) - Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Thursday launched the High Court's new and improved website, which includes a court locator directory for lower courts and an e-library of the tribunal's decisions and resolutions.

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Appointment of Suhakam Commissioner for Children to be announced this Month

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 11 (Bernama) - The Legal Affairs Division in the Prime Minister's Department is expected to announce the appointment of a Suhakam (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) commissioner for the portfolio of children this month.

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Proposed Amendment to Constitution not done in haste - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 10 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today brushed off claims that the proposed amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution was done in haste, saying the MPs from Sabah and Sarawak were given ample time to deliberate the matter.

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Re-tabling of Amendment Bill depends on Needs - Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 10 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said re-tabling of the bill to amend the Federal Constitution to give Sabah and Sarawak equal status with Peninsular Malaysia, which failed to get two-thirds majority support in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, would depend on needs.

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Hearing of Najib's Appeal to disqualify Gopal Sri Ram as Prosecutor Rescheduled to April 23

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 10 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal has rescheduled to April 23 to hear Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's appeal against a High Court's dismissal of his application to disqualify former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram from leading the prosecution team in his 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) cases.

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