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Joint Declaration on Sustainable Security in ASEAN Region

BANGKOK, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu today attended the 13th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) that concluded with the signing of a joint declaration on sustainable security and adoption of initiatives to strengthen defence and security cooperation in the region. The Joint Declaration of the ASEAN Defence Minis ...
Date: 11 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC asserts Independence over GMA quip on Acquittal from Plunder

MANILA, Jul 10 (PNA) - A Supreme Court (SC) official on Wednesday said the court acted independently in acquitting former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on plunder charges filed against her two years ago.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Government seeks to minimize Budget Burdens and Debt Distress

The government has outlined measures to boost national revenue for 2020 while ensuring the effectiveness of state investment projects.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

UNHCR Card Holder gets Three Months' Jail for bribing Cop

SEREMBAN, Jul 10 (Bernama) - A Myanmar national was sentenced to three months’ jail and fined RM10,000 in default five months’ jail by the Sessions Court here today for offering a RM85 bribe to a policeman in January.
Date: 10 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippines News Agency

Dewan Rakyat approves Amendment to Fisheries Act 1985

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 9 (Bernama) - The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Ministry have made an application to bring back the fishermen’s subsistence allowance to RM300 at the coming budget. Its Minister, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub stressed that the ministry would not neglect the welfare of the fishermen’s group and endeavoured to help ...
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Kelantan's move to withdraw Royalty Suit shows Spirit of Federalism - Azmin

KOTA BHARU, Jul 9 (Bernama) - The Kelantan government's decision to withdraw its lawsuit against the Federal government and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) over oil royalty claims shows the spirit of federalism between the state and Federal governments, says Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Myanmar Man fined for trespassing on LRT Track

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 9 (Bernama) - A Myanmar construction worker was fined RM700, in default a month’s jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for trespassing onto the track area of the Hang Tuah Light Rail Transit (LRT) station.
Date: 09 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Illegal Waste Disposal : Three Companies get RM15,000 Fine Each

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 8 (Bernama) - Three construction waste disposal companies were fined RM15,000 each by the Sessions Court here today after they pleaded guilty to disposing scheduled solid wastes at unauthorised areas around Johor Bahru, from July 2018 to January this year.
Date: 08 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

President’s Order on Promulgation of Seven Laws

Hanoi, Jul 5 (VNS/VNA) - The Presidential Office held a press conference in Hanoi on July 4 to announce the President’s order on the promulgation of seven laws which were adopted at the seventh session of the 14th National Assembly. These laws include the Law on Alcohol Harm Prevention, Law on Architecture, and revised Law on Education, ...
Date: 05 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.
Date: 07 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Sea Reclamation: Federal Government have not finalized Decision

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 7 (Bernama) - The federal government have not made any decision on a sea reclamation project on the southern tip of the island, said Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub. He said that the federal government, currently, was still waiting for reports and feedback from several related quarters on t ...
Date: 07 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Delivery Man fined RM3,200 for having Secret Society Tatoo on Arm

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 5 (Bernama) - A delivery man who had a tatoo symbolising the image of a secret society, was fined RM3,200 by the Magistrate's Court here today.
Date: 05 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.
Date: 05 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Bill to regulate Vape, e-Cigarettes to be tabled Year End - MOH

KLANG, Jul 5 (Bernama) - New legislation that encompasses control of electronic-cigarettes and vape will be tabled in parliament at the end of year or in next year's sitting.
Date: 05 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Finance Ministry proposes Stamp Duty Tariff Change

Jakarta, Jul 4 (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Finance has proposed a change in stamp duty tariffs to maintain the continuity of adequate revenue from stamp duty. "The law on stamp duty of 1985 regulated the increase in stamp duty rates to a maximum of only six times the original tariff," Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said at a working meeting with the H ...
Date: 03 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Ministry urges Taxpayers to limit Cash Payments

Taxpayers are being encouraged to pay their dues electronically via commercial banks as part of its efforts to plug financial loopholes, the Ministry of Finance has announced.
Date: 04 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Co-ordination of Syariah Law End of Next Year

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 4 (Bernama) - The standardisation and co-ordination of syariah laws nationwide is expected to be able to be realised at the end of next year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.
Date: 04 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Better Energy Efficiency and Conservation with New Law - Yeo

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 4 (Bernama) - There will be more efficient energy use and conservation through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EECA) which was approved by the Cabinet last month.
Date: 04 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bill tabled to amend Constitution to lower Voting Age

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 4 (Bernama) - Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman tabled a bill to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat today. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 proposes to amend Article 119(1)(a) of the Federal Constitution. The Constitution ...
Date: 04 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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Championing Rule of Law, Speedy Justice under Guevarra's Helm

MANILA, Jul 21 (PNA) - It has been a little over a year this month when the team led by Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra took over the helm of the Department of Justice (DoJ) and has since proven to be a dynamic organization dedicated to President Rodrigo Duterte's commitment towards transparency in governance and the elimination of corruption in all levels of the bureaucracy.

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NegOcc MSMEs upbeat on PH Innovation Act

BACOLOD CITY, Jul 20 (PNA) - The signing of the Philippine Innovation Act has made Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Negros Occidental optimistic about the growth and development of local entrepreneurs.

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Tax Academy offers Online Courses for BIR, BOC Employees

MANILA, Jul 18 (PNA) - The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) has completed the development of 14 competency-based mandatory online studies required for new hires at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as refresher courses for existing BOC employees, the Department of Finance (DOF) announced in a statement on Thursday.

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PRRD to only face PH Court

MANILA, Jul 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has no intention to face the international tribunal stressing that he would only answer to the Philippine courts.

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Court cautions Najib against posting Statements on his Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today cautioned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against posting any more statements in social media pertaining to his SRC trial or risk being cited for contempt of court.

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Bank Muamalat: 'Court did not find us Guilty of Union-Busting'

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd today said it was never found guilty of union-busting or had breached any law.

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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNT) - On efforts to push the Thai industrial sector into the 4.0 era, human resources must be capable of operating technology and automated systems, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Labour has established a human resources development center on automation and robots at the Institute for Skills Development 3, located in Chonburi.

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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