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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Appeals Court upholds Decision on TNB's Negligence in Bertam Valley Floods

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 11 (Bernama) - Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) lost its appeal today to set aside a High Court decision which found the company negligent for causing floods in Bertam Valley, Cameron Highlands in 2013.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Dewan Rakyat passes Three Acts to give University Students Political Freedom

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - After almost five decades, university students are getting closer to achieve freedom to be involved in politics in campus after amendments on three related acts including the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) 1971 were passed at Dewan Rakyat tonight. Apart from UUCA, two other acts are the Private ...
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Phnom Penh Authorities ban March for Human Rights Day

Phnom Penh authorities have banned a planned march as local NGOs and workers’ unions gear up to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, with a youth group leader saying they would march nonetheless.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Legal Aid for Kingdom's vulnerable

A ministry of Justice spokesman has confirmed that following discussions with civil society organisations and legal experts, it had raised the issue of legal assistance for Cambodia’s vulnerable at this year’s national policy conference.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

NLA confirms its Adherence to Rule of Law

BANGKOK, Dec 10 (NNT) - The head of the Thai National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, has assured the public of the legislature’s commitment to following the rule of law.
Date: 11 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Donations to Political Party now Tax Deductible

BANGKOK, Dec 9 (NNT) - The government has announced that donations to political parties are now tax deductible to encourage people to support the role of political parties.
Date: 09 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Bill on Solar Para sa Bayan Franchise hurdles House

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Monday approved on final reading a measure seeking to grant Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation (SPSB Corp.) a renewable energy distribution franchise.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate passes Measure simplifying Adoption Process

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - With 17 yes votes, no negative vote and no abstention, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading simplifying the adoption process of a child by allowing the rectification of simulated births through a simpler administrative proceeding.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill to enable Political Activities on Campus tabled for Second Reading

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The University and University Colleges (Amendment) Bill 2018 aimed at abolishing provisions preventing university students from engaging in political party activities within the campus was tabled for second reading at the Dewan Rakyat today.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.
Date: 10 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

House Panel Approves Bill Creating Philippine Energy Research and Policy Institute

The House Committee on Energy, in a hearing Monday presided by its Vice Chairman Rep. Carlos Roman Uybarreta (Party-list, 1-CARE), approved a substitute bill seeking to establish an institute dedicated to energy research and policy.
Date: 04 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Energy Conservation Bill passed on Final Reading

The House of Representatives unanimously passed on third and final reading House Bill 8629 or the proposed "Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act," which seeks to encourage the efficient utilization of energy and ensure that its use will promote sustainable development.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.
Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.
Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Cambodia Daily

Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.
Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.
Date: 08 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

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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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