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House recommits Draft Federal Charter

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon recommitted Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 (RBH 15), or the draft federal charter, to amend the transitory provision that skips over the Vice President in the line of succession to the presidency.

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Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) v Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak

Constitutional law – Scope of Articles 4(3) and 4(4) of the Federal Constitution – Whether the declaratory reliefs sought by the applicant within the exclusive original jurisdiction of the Federal Court

Date: 22 June 2018; Court: Federal Court; Citation: [2018] MYFC 25; Source: Federal Court Registry

Dr Mahathir to pursue Appeal over Appointment of Former Top Judges

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 9 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will pursue his appeal over the appointment of former Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, despite the Federal Court’s refusal to answer legal questions on the appointments in another case. Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Kh ...
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government to amend Article 1(2) of Federal Constitution to restore Status of Sabah, Sarawak

KUCHING, Oct 8 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the government will amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court rejects Altantuya's Family Bid to use Federal Court Criminal Verdict in Civil Suit

SHAH ALAM, Oct 1 (Bernama) - The High Court here today rejected the application filed by Dr Shaariibuu Setev and his family to use the Federal Court criminal verdict over his daughter, Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu's murder, in their RM100 million civil suit. Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo representing Shaariibuu, when met by reporters said th ...
Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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).
Date: 26 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Appeals Court grants Custody of Children unilaterally converted to Islam to Buddhist Father

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 14 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal has given full custody of two children who were unilaterally converted to Islam to their Buddhist father. A three-man bench comprising Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Datuk Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim and Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan yesterday allowed the businessman's appeal to reverse the Shah Al ...
Date: 14 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

The Speaker of Dewan Undangan Negeri of Sarawak “Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar” v Ting Tiong Choon and 3 Others, and 2 Other Appeals

Constitutional law – Disqualification of a member of the Legislative Assembly of State of Sarawak on the ground of acquiring Australian citizenship before his nomination as a candidate for election although the said citizenship was renounced – Whether the Legislative Assembly has jurisdiction to disqualify a sitting member under Arti ...

Date: 13 July 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 268; Source: Federal Court Registry

Cabinet OKs Amendment of Civil Procedure Code

BANGKOK, Sept 11 (NNT) - The Cabinet has given a green light to the draft Civil Procedure Code Amendment Act in the hope of reducing the number of cases in court. Following the weekly Cabinet meeting, Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkumnerd made known that approval has been granted in principle to the draft Civil Procedure Code Amen ...
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

No TRO vs Voided Trillanes' Amnesty: SC

MANILA, Sept 11 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has denied the petition filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV seeking the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) against President Rodrigo Duterte's Proclamation No. 572, which declared the amnesty granted to him as void ab initio.
Date: 11 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Palace to IBP: Air Side on Trillanes’ voided Amnesty in SC

MANILA, Sept 10 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday advised the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to question the legality of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s voided amnesty in the Supreme Court (SC) and not in the media.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Mutual Trust necessary in amending Constitution: Thura U Shwe Mann

National reconciliation in the most important element in ensuring progress in Myanmar’s democratic transition, Thura U Shwe Mann, chair of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Issues Assessment Commission, said on Friday.
Date: 10 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Constitution silent on Amnesty Revocation: Sotto

MANILA, Sept 4 (PNA) - Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Tuesday the Constitution is silent on the process regarding the revocation of amnesty, amid claims from his fellow lawmakers that President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 572 should have the concurrence of Congress.
Date: 04 September 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BI gives Aussie Nun 30 Days to appeal Deportation Order

MANILA, Aug 30 (PNA) - An official of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said Australian nun Patricia Anne Fox has 30 days to file an appeal on the deportation order issued against her.
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Federal Court grants Final Adjournment in hearing over Stateless Children

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 30 (Bernama) - A Federal Court nine-man bench today granted a final adjournment of the hearing of the appeals of five cases involving Malaysian-born children over the granting of citizenship. Senior federal counsel Suzana Atan had informed the court that she was instructed by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas to seek a postponement ...
Date: 30 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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 ...

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Mutual Trust necessary in amending Constitution: Thura U Shwe Mann

National reconciliation in the most important element in ensuring progress in Myanmar’s democratic transition, Thura U Shwe Mann, chair of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Issues Assessment ...

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House recommits Draft Federal Charter

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon recommitted Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 (RBH 15), or the draft federal charter, to amend the transitory provision that skips over the Vice P ...

No TRO vs Voided Trillanes' Amnesty: SC Palace to IBP: Air Side on Trillanes’ voided Amnesty in SC Constitution silent on Amnesty Revocation: Sotto 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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Cabinet OKs Amendment of Civil Procedure Code

BANGKOK, Sept 11 (NNT) - The Cabinet has given a green light to the draft Civil Procedure Code Amendment Act in the hope of reducing the number of cases in court. Following the weekly Cabinet meeting, Government Spo ...

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SC allows Media Coverage of de Lima Drug Case Trials

MANILA, Oct 17 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) allowed news coverage of Senator Leila de Lima’s trials for alleged drug trading activities before the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court (RTC).

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House supports Placement of Migrant Workers through One Channel

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - Chairman of the House of Representatives` (DPR`s) Commission IX Dede Yusuf supported the placement of Indonesian migrant workers through the One Channel Placement System (SPSK) agreed upon by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

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Industry 4.0 to put Indonesia among Top 10 Economies

Jakarta, Oct 17 (ANTARA News) - The fourth industrial revolution, also known as industry 4.0, is expected to make Indonesia one of the top 10 economies in the world in 2030, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

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Government encourages SMEs to go Digital

Jakarta, Oct 16 (ANTARA News) - The government encourages national small and medium enterprises or SMEs to take advantage of the digitalization era by using online networks to expand their businesses.

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WIPO Director General Conferred the Order of Sikatuna

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Director General Dr. Francis Gurry has received the highest Presidential honour of diplomatic merit in recognition of his extraordinary efforts to sustain and strengthen WIPO’s relations with the Philippine government, through the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

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PH Ambassador Promotes ASEAN Trade, Tourism in Spain

MADRID, Oct 16 (DFA) - To raise awareness about ASEAN and promote ASEAN trade and tourism in Spain, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Philippe J. Lhuillier and the other ASEAN Ambassadors in Madrid paid a courtesy call on the Spanish Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Maria Reyes Maroto Illera.

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BOC, PCG Ink MOA for Strengthened Joint Anti-Smuggling Operations

The chiefs of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Philippine Coast (PCG), on Monday, October 15 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which provides them guidelines in the conduct of anti-smuggling joint operations within the country’s borders.

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PH Showcases Best Practice on Anti-Poverty

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (DFA) - The Philippines underscored the crucial need to use the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) as an alternative measure of poverty during the High-level side-event on “Using the Multidimensional Poverty Index to guide innovative policies in all its dimensions” held on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly High Level Week held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 25 September 2018

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21 Law Firms vow to create more chances for Young Lawyers

Twenty-one law firms, including Drew & Napier and Tan Rajah & Cheah, have pledged to provide more opportunities for young lawyers to represent their clients in court.

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Thailand hosts ASEAN Disaster Assessment and Mitigation Training Course

BANGKOK, Oct 16 (NNT) - Thailand is hosting the latest ASEAN training course on regional disaster assessment and mitigation to ensure timely assistance, and enhance the reach and capability of the region’s relief efforts.

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Del Castillo to head JBC Search for Next CJ

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo will sit at the helm of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) in screening aspirants for the vacancy in the Supreme Court (SC) following the retirement of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, JBC ex-officio member and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.

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SC reorganizes Three Divisions as Hernando assumes Post

MANILA, Oct 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC), under Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio, has reorganized the membership in its three divisions following the entry of its newest member, Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando.

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Non-infra Programs face Cancellation if Oil Excise Tax suspended

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Some of the Duterte administration's non-infrastructure expenditures scheduled for 2019 face possible cancellation if the implementation the oil excise tax's second tranch is put on hold due to soaring world crude prices, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said.

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SIAC signs Memorandum of Understanding with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) to promote international arbitration as a preferred method of dispute resolution for resolving international disputes.

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Duterte will ‘definitely’ Order Oil Excise Tax Suspension

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Monday confirmed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will soon order the temporary suspension of the second tranche of excise tax on fuel, but has yet to decide whether it will heed a senator's suggestion to suspend it "now or sooner."

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Indonesia's proposal on Tuna Labeling approved by Asean Ministers

Jakarta, Oct 15 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia`s proposal on the ASEAN Tuna Eco-Labeling (ATEL) policy has been approved and endorsed at the ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF) meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.

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IMF-WB - Indonesia to use OECD Recommendations to set up Policies

Nusa Dua, Bali, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will use a recommendation on tourism development from the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation Development) as one of the references in setting up policies.

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Deterrent Punishment must be imposed if Death Sentence to be abolished - AADK

BANGI, Oct 15 (Bernama) - The National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) urged the government to decide on appropriate punishment for drug offences, if the mandatory death sentence to be abolished, says its director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah.

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