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Taxpayers urged to take advantage of Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has encouraged taxpayers who have tax issues to come forward and take up the offer of the ongoing Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (PKPS).
Date: 15 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ban on Online Sale on Acnotin, Isotretinoin Products

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (Bernama) - The Health Ministry (MoH) has banned any online sale of Acnotin products or any products containing Isotretinoin either via mass media or e-commerce platforms. Its director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Drug Control Authority (PBKD) had decided that the drug could only be used by dermatologist ...
Date: 14 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Pushing SMEs, enhancing Bank's Role, Main Goal of New SME Bank CEO

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 (Bernama) - Pushing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to strive further and to enhance SME Bank Malaysia Bhd ’s role in providing financial assistance to targeted SMEs is the main goal of its newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Aria Putera Ismail.
Date: 16 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Royal Gazette publishes NCPO’s Order to lift Political Ban

BANGKOK, Dec 12 (NNT) - Thailand's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has finally lifted political restrictions imposed since 2014, allowing political gatherings and election campaigns ahead of next year’s general election.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.
Date: 13 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Congress grants Martial Law Extension until end of 2019

MANILA, Dec 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Congress on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to extend martial law in Mindanao for the entire 2019.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Heritage Regions Bill submitted ahead of UNESCO Deadline

The Religious Affairs and Culture Ministry yesterday submitted to the Upper House (Amyotha Hluttaw) a new draft law for the protection and preservation of cultural heritage regions, which is a UNESCO requirement for Bagan to be included in the list of world heritage sites.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Kachin Activists imprisoned for Peaceful Protest

A court has sentenced three Kachin ethnic activists to half a year in prison for raising the plight of civilians trapped by fighting between the Tatmadaw and a Kachin armed group. The court’s decision has come under fire for further stifling the already-deteriorating freedom of speech in Myanmar.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

No More Regular Legalization for Illegals - Home Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Home Ministry will no longer undertake the legalisation of illegal immigrant workers on a regular basis.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.
Date: 12 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

House passes "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Bill"

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8637 or the proposed "Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination Act" which seeks to protect and enhance the rights of all people to human dignity, reduce social, economic and political inequalities, as well as remove cultural inequities.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

House approves Bill on PNPA and NPTI transfer to PNP

The House of Representatives unanimously approved on third and final reading House Bill 8628 which seeks to transfer the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to better achieve the goal of having a highly ef ...
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel approves "Teacher Protection Bill"

The House Committee on Basic Education and Culture chaired by Rep. Ramon Durano VI (5th District, Cebu) on Monday approved the substitute bill to House Bill 58 or the proposed “Teacher Protection Act” authored by Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers).
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Appeal in Scammer's Case leads to new Sentencing Structure

A Taiwanese man convicted over his role as a runner in a cash laundering scam was sentenced to 51/2 years in jail on appeal, in a case that produced a sentencing framework for such offences in future.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

President’s Order to promulgate Nine Laws announced

Hanoi, Dec 11 (VNA) - The Presidential Office held a press conference in Hanoi on December 11 to announce the President’s order to promulgate nine laws which were adopted at the sixth session of the 14th National Assembly.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

House OKs Draft Federal Charter on Final Reading

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading its proposed federal charter.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Sandigan junks Bail Plea of Enrile's Ex-Chief of Staff

MANILA, Dec 11 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan has denied the plea of Jessica Lucila “Gigi” Reyes, a chief of staff of then senator Juan Ponce Enrile, to post bail for her plunder case for lack of merit.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

New Law to better serve Lao Diplomatic Mission Overseas

Members of the National Assembly (NA) yesterday passed a newly drafted law to better facilitate Laos’ diplomatic mission in foreign countries and to protect the interests of the nation and Lao expats overseas.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

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Appeal Court hears Case of Couple sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment

The Appeal Court heard on Monday, the case of a couple sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the murder of a woman in June 2016.

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Union leaders Set to Appeal

All six union leaders convicted for their roles in the 2013 Veng Sreng Boulevard protests plan to bring their case to the Appeal Court, spurred on by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s assertion that three of the six men were not involved in the violent protests.

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DSI holds Cyber Crime Seminar, proposes Cyber Security Bill

BANGKOK, Dec 18 (NNT) - Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has organized a seminar on cyber security, while proposing a national cyber security bill.

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Min of Labor's five NY Gifts

BANGKOK, Dec 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has introduced five measures in support of employers and employees alike, calling them New Year’s gifts to the people.

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SC to decide on Bangsamoro Law's Constitutionality

MANILA, Dec 18 (PNA) - Malacañang said Tuesday it will let the Supreme Court (SC) decide on the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) after a group of framers of the 1987 Constitution asked the high court to declare it unconstitutional and void.

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Organizations appeal against Withdrawal of Trade Favour by the EU

In a joint statement released yesterday, businesses and trade unions appealed against the withdrawal of the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) currently enjoyed by Myanmar.

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Laos, Luxembourg review Rule of Law and Legal Education Programmes

Government officials met with representatives of the Luxembourg government in Vientiane yesterday to review the progress of the LAO-031-Legal Teaching and Training and Promotion of the Rule of Law Concept project and make plans for the year ahead.

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Najib's Legal Team' fail to get Letter of Appointment of Lead Prosecutor

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 (Bernama) - The defence team in former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s SRC International Sdn Bhd case has failed to get the letter of authorisation (fiat) on the appointment of lead prosecutor Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah after the High Court here today ruled that there was no legal requirement for the prosecution to do so.

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SMEs are ‘Engine of Economy’

The Ministry of Commerce declared on Saturday that it will solve market issues hindering the development of Cambodia’s Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME). But the announcement was met with scepticism by business owners in the Kingdom.

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Land Bank, TFBL ink Deal on Loan Program for Rebel Surrenderers

MANILA, Dec 17 (PNA) - In line with the ongoing efforts to reintegrate former rebels (FRs) and their families to mainstream society, Task Force Balik-Loob (TFBL) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Dec. 13 for the facilitation of loans to the former as part of the government's Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

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Prosecution to apply to Transfer Case of Businessman who offered Bribe to Tengku Adnan to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 (Bernama) - The prosecution in the case of a businessman charged with giving bribe of RM1 million to former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor will file an application to transfer the case, which is at the Sessions Court, to the High Court here.

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Seminar talks Human Rights Promotion

Hanoi, Dec 14 (VNA) - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, remains relevant today, heard a seminar in Hanoi on December 14.

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International Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Asset Recovery discussed

Hanoi, Dec 13 (VNA) - International judicial cooperation in criminal asset recovery was the main topic of a workshop held in Hanoi on December 13.

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Supreme Courts of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia bolster Cooperation

The supreme courts of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia have agreed to strengthen bonds in the combat against criminals and the settlement of trans-border civil cases.

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Indonesia, Vietnam commemorate 63 Year of Bilateral Relations

Jakarta, Dec 16 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Vietnam are commemorating 63 years of bilateral relations through fashion diplomacy at the 2018 International Fashion Fair in Vietnam, as stated in a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi received by ANTARA here Sunday.

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Complaint against New Chief Justice to be reviewed

The Yangon regional parliament will review a complaint against new Yangon Chief Justice U Hla Aye, whose nomination was confirmed on Wednesday, a regional lawmaker said.

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Police Officer in Court to answer Charges on Unnatural Sex

KANGAR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - A senior police officer with the rank of Superintendent today was charged in the Sessions Court here for two counts of molestation and two charges of unnatural sex against two women, last year.

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Pushing SMEs, enhancing Bank's Role, Main Goal of New SME Bank CEO

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 (Bernama) - Pushing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to strive further and to enhance SME Bank Malaysia Bhd ’s role in providing financial assistance to targeted SMEs is the main goal of its newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer Aria Putera Ismail.

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