General & Misc Headlines

Singapore Tourism (Tourist Hotels, Tourist Food Establishments and Tourist Public Houses) (Amendment) Notification 2018

This Notification comes into operation on 10 April 2018
Date: 09 April 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 195; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Public Order (32nd ASEAN Summit) Declaration 2018

The Minister for Home Affairs declares that the 32nd ASEAN Summit is to be held on 27th and 28th of April 2018 at the Istana and Shangri-La Hotel respectively.
Date: 09 April 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 198; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

NLA approves Equitable Education Fund Bill

BANGKOK, Apr 5 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approved the Equitable Education Fund Bill.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Urbanites support paying More Tax for Better Government Services

Tax residents in Myanmar are not strongly anti-tax as long as the govt delivers.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

House bill to raise DND, BoC, PCG Budgets for War on Drugs

The House committee on dangerous drugs has approved House Bill 1982, seeking to raise the resources of agencies which are involved in the monitoring of the country’s borders to make more effective the prohibition against the entry of illegal drugs in the country.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Parliament dissolved on April 7

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 7 (Bernama) - The 13th Malaysian Parliament was dissolved today to pave the way for the 14th general Election (GE14).
Date: 07 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

AG gets Three-Year Term Extension

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 8 (Bernama) - Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali's term as Attorney-General has been extended for three years until 2021.
Date: 08 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

JBC opens Applications for 96 Court Judges in Four Regions

MANILA, Apr 8 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) has opened the application for 96 vacancies for judges in various courts in the country.
Date: 08 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Fire Services (Amendment) Act 2018

This Bill seeks to amend the Fire Services Act 1988 to make the provisions of the Act more comprehensive and to introduce new provisions relating to Voluntary Fire Officers, the establishment of Voluntary Fire Brigade, fire safety organization in designated premises and other related matters.
Date: 07 April 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: DR 8 of 2018; Source: Parliament

Proclamation to dissolve the Thirteenth Parliament

This is to notify that the thirteenth Parliament shall stand dissolved on 7 April 2018.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 91 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Dewan Rakyat receive Proclamation on Dissolution of Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 6 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat has received the proclamation on the dissolution of the 13th Parliament after four years and 10 months, effective Saturday (April 7).
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Pulau Batu Puteh: ICJ to hear Malaysia's judgment Revision Application on June 18

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 6 (Bernama) - The International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague will hold public hearings of Malaysia's request for interpretation of the ICJ judgment concerning sovereignty over Pedra Branca or Pulau Batu Puteh, from June 18 to June 22 at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The ICJ, in a press release on its website yesterda ...
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

BNM refutes Report on Living Wage suggesting Malaysians are Poor

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 6 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is refuting a news report published on April 4, which said that its analysis on the living wage suggests that Malaysians are poor.
Date: 06 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

SC appoints Zainal Deputy Chief Executive

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 5 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has appointed Datuk Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin as Deputy Chief Executive effective today.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Appointment of Deputy Public Prosecutor under the Criminal Procedure Code

This is to notify that Nur Hidayah Raihan binti Md Nasir and Zaihas Mohd Syakhir bin Hasfar have been appointed as the Deputy Public Prosecutors with effect from the dates specified in the Schedule.
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (B) 142 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Compulsory Education (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 2 January 2019.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 191; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Lim Lee Lee v United Overseas Bank Ltd

Insolvency law - bankruptcy - statutory demand

Date: 03 April 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 79; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Deputy PM delivers Policy Address on fostering Industry 4.0

BANGKOK, Apr 4 (NNT) - The Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs has paid a visit to the Ministry of Industry in order to give his policy address concerning the development of Industry 4.0 in Thailand.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Duterte accepts Aguirre’s Resignation

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday said that he has accepted the resignation of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Government may withdraw Terror Tag Petition Vs Reds if Peace Deal inked

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The Duterte administration may withdraw its petition to declare communist rebels as terrorists but only once a formal peace agreement has been signed, Malacanang said Thursday.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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