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Bill amending Corporation Code hurdles Second Reading at House

MANILA, Oct 15 (PNA) - A bill seeking to amend the 38-year-old Corporation Code of the Philippines has hurdled second reading at the House of Representatives.
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Dewan Rakyat approves MoF motion

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat today approved a motion tabled by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to allow the government to transfer RM23.5 billion as Malaysian Government Investment Issues (MGII).
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Abolishment of Death Sentence for All Offences - Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 (Bernama) - Abolishment of the mandatory death sentence will be for all offences, despite objections from various quarters, including families of murder victims, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Thai Lawmakers pass NESDB Act in Third Reading

BANGKOK, Oct 13 (NNT) - The third reading of the draft National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) Act saw 186 lawmakers vote in favor and none against.
Date: 13 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Duterte to announce Oil Excise Tax Hike Suspension

MANILA, Oct 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte is set to announce his decision on the temporary suspension of the scheduled oil excise tax hike for 2019, as price of oil in the international market is projected to remain at USD80 per barrel level in the coming months.
Date: 14 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court dismisses Application for Review of Lim's acquittal on Corruption Charges

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 12 (Bernama) - The High Court here today rejected an application by Facebook account holder Mohsin Abdul Latif for a review of the court’s decision in acquitting and discharging former Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and businesswoman Phang Li Koon on corruption charges.
Date: 12 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Cabinet agrees to temporarily suspend Actions under Sedition Act - Gobind Singh

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 (Bernama) - The Cabinet has decided to temporarily suspend actions under the Sedition Act, said Communications and Multimedia Minister, Gobind Singh Deo.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Police to abolish Jurisdiction Limits for Criminal Complaints

BANGKOK, Oct 11 (NNT) - According to the Royal Thai Police (RTP), crime victims would soon be able to file their complaints at any police station in Thailand.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DOF seeks Guidance on Possible Suspension of Fuel Excise Tax

MANILA, Oct 11 (PNA) - The Department of Finance (DOF) on Wednesday said it is seeking final guidance from economic managers on President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s openness to suspend excise tax on oil products.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate approves Universal Health Care Bill

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The Senate on Wednesday passed on third and final reading the landmark Universal Health Care Bill which seeks to guarantee equal access to quality and affordable health services for all Filipinos.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Pimp seeks More Caning for shorter Jail Time

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Bernama) - A man who pleaded guilty to being an intermediary for prostitution surprised the High Court here today when he requested to be given more strokes of the cane for a shorter jail time.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government endorses Draft Sugarcane and Sugar Act

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (NNT) - The government has endorsed the draft Sugar Cane and Sugar Act to ensure that the Thai sugar industry thrives systematically and benefits the farmers.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Congress recalls Coco Levy Fund Bill

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - Congress has decided to recall the coco levy bill from the Office of the President to introduce an amendment that would save the measure from being vetoed, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Tuesday.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Laws to protect Intellectual Property, encourage Business in the Works

Businesses in Myanmar still rely on outdated colonial-era laws enacted by the British more than one hundred years ago to protect Intellectual Property (IP) rights.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

NLA: All Major Draft Laws will be enacted before End of Year

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (NNT) - A vice president of the National Legislative Assembly has confirmed that the legislature will enact all major laws before the end of the year.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Mandatory PhilHealth Coverage for PWDs OK’d in House

MANILA, Oct 8 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved on third and final reading a measure providing mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs).
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Repeal of Sedition Act should be at next Parliament Sitting - Gobind Singh

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 (Bernama) - The repeal of the Sedition Act should take place at the next sitting of Parliament, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Tax payers with Health Insurance can have Taxes deducted automatically

BANGKOK, Oct 5 (NNT) - Tax payers no longer have to present proof of their health insurance payments to have their income taxes deducted under a move by the Revenue Department to have the Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) share tax payer data with it.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Comelec amends Rule on Substitute Candidates

MANILA, Oct 5 (PNA) - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has amended its rule on substitute candidates particularly for those who will withdraw their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) in the May 2019 midterm polls.
Date: 05 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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Parliament building declared Smoke-Free Zone

PUTRAJAYA Oct 15 - Smoking-designated corners inside the Parliament building have been declared as smoke-free zones, effective today, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

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Launch of Professional Mobility Framework, Social and Sustainability Bond Standards

The ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) met in Singapore and launched two key initiatives to drive a more connected and sustainable ASEAN capital market. These initiatives complement the measures introduced by the ACMF on collective investment schemes, corporate governance, disclosure standards and capacity building.

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IPOS Assistant Chief Executive speaks at INTA Asia-Pacific Conference

Assistant Chief Executive Mr Ng Kok Wan spoke at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Asia-Pacific Conference 2018, which took place on 11 Oct in Sydney, Australia.

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Total Abolition of the Death Penalty - The Right Time to Do the Right Thing, says Bar

The Malaysian Bar has wholeheartedly welcomed the decision of the Malaysian Cabinet to totally abolish the death penalty in Malaysia. "We commend the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law), Datuk Liew Vui Keong, for making the announcement on 10 October 2018, which coincided with the 16th World Day Against the Death Penalty. We look forward to seeing the legislation being tabled and passed by both houses of Parliament in the Parliamentary session that begins on 15 October", said the President of the Malaysian Bar, Mr. George Varughese.

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Singapore and Indonesia sign Bilateral Investment Treaty to promote Stronger Economic Ties

Singapore and Indonesia signed an Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investments, also known as the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), at the Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat in Bali, Indonesia, today. Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing, who is attending the Leaders’ Retreat as part of the Singapore delegation, signed the agreement with Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. The signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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New EODB Law to impact 2020 doing Business Survey

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Rowel S. Barba said on 10 October that the new Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Act can significantly affect the country’s rankings in the upcoming 2020 Doing Business (DB) Survey if government agencies strictly implement the law.

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SC advocates Sustainable Investing at InvestSmart Fest 2018

InvestSmart® Fest 2018, an investor education initiative by the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), was officiated by Yang Berhormat Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre today.

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Singapore needs to regain Edge in Legal Tech, says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon has urged the Singapore Academy of Law to strive to get the legal profession to step up in the area of legal technology, and help the country regain its status as the world leader.

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EC clarifies New Election Law to Press Members

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (NNT) - The Election Commission (EC) has clarified the new election law to press members.

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NLA approves Committee to vet Election Commission Candidates

BANGKOK, Oct 12 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved the establishment of a committee to vet the two Election Commission candidates.

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369,148 Ordinance Violators apprehended in Metro Manila: NCRPO

MANILA, Oct 12 (PNA) - Close to 370,000 persons in Metro Manila were apprehended for violation of local ordinances since June this year.

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Indonesia, Japan sign MoC on Law and Human Right

Jakarta, Oct 14 (ANTARA News) - The governments of Indonesia and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in Law and Human Right, the Indonesian embassy in Tokyo said in a statement received here on Saturday.

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Indonesia, Thailand Ombudsmen sign Memorandum of Understanding

Jakarta, Oct 13 (ANTARA News) - The Chairman of Ombudsman Commission of the Republic of Indonesia, Prof. Amzulian Rifai, and the Chairman of the Royal Thai Ombudsman signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Indonesian Ombudsman and the Royal Thai Ombudsman in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct 10.

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ASEAN Secretariat seeks to improve Engagement with Private Sector

Jakarta, Oct 12 (ANTARA News) - The ASEAN Secretariat held the First ASEAN Economic Community Dialogue recently to seek a more proactive two-way communication with the private sector on matters related to the ASEAN Economic Community.

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