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ConCom pushes for Reformist Federal Charter

MANILA, Oct 11 (PNA) - The Consultative Committee (ConCom) said Congress must include political and electoral reforms, including the ban on political dynasties and term limits for all elected officials, in the new constitution because they are needed for federalism to succeed.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Hernando takes Oath as New SC Justice

MANILA, Oct 11 (PNA) - Associate Justice Ramon Paul L. Hernando formally took his oath of office as the 180th member of the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Solons file Anti-Child Marriage Bill

MANILA, Oct 11 (PNA) - Two lawmakers at the House of Representatives have filed a bill prohibiting and declaring child marriage as illegal.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Peralta, Bersamin accept CJ Nomination

MANILA, Oct 11 (PNA) - Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta and Lucas Bersamin formally accepted the nomination for the Chief Justice post, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday.
Date: 11 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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

Dr M, ASEAN Leaders to address Trade War Concerns in Bali

BALI (Indonesia), Oct 10 (Bernama) - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to arrive here Thursday to join fellow Asean leaders address deep concerns that the ongoing tariff war and protectionist tendencies will rob the benefits that international trade should rightly deliver to the global populace.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

MA63: Steering committee headed by PM, 16 members - Minister Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew View Keong today announced the names of the 16 members of the Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to review and streamline the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). Besides him, the other committee members are Sabah Chief Min ...
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duo Found guilty under New Contempt of Court Laws

Civil activist Jolovan Wham and opposition politician John Tan yesterday became the first to be found guilty under new contempt of court laws of scandalising the judiciary in posts they had made separately on Facebook.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Bill creating Department of Human Settlements ratified

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday night ratified the bicameral conference committee report on a measure creating the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte appoints Hernando as SC Associate Justice

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed Court of Appeals (CA) Justice Ramon Paul Hernando as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (SC), his top aide said on Wednesday.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

DILG stands by, upholds ConCom Proposed Federal Constitution

MANILA, Oct 10 (PNA) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) stands by the Consultative Committee’s (ConCom) proposed federal constitution in the light of a new draft federal constitution submitted by the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, an official said Wednesday.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Existing Laws sufficient to tackle Baby Dumping Cases - Uda

PUTATAN, Oct 10 (Bernama) - The existing laws are sufficient to take action against baby dumping, Sabah Law and Native Affairs Assistant Minister Uda Sulai said today. When asked by reporters to comment on the discovery of the body of a baby boy in a pond at Membakut on Oct 6, he said the community, especially parents, should educate and monit ...
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Rule of Law important for Nation's Recovery Process - Mahathir

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 10 (Bernama) - All the people in the country, even the administrators and the Rulers, have to abide by the laws because this is important in the ongoing process of rehabilitating the country, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
Date: 10 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Randhir Singh A/L Bhajnik Singh v Sunildave Singh Parmar

Evidence – Burden of proof – Evidentiary value of admissions – Section 17 of the Evidence Act 1950

Statutory declaration – Law regarding statutory declaration – Appropriateness or validity of statutory declaration to seek repayment of a loan

Date: 25 September 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 307; Source: Federal Court Registry

Immediate Moratorium on Use of the Sedition Act 1948 is Crucial, Pending Its Repeal

The Malaysian Bar have claimed that it is heartened by the statement reportedly made by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo, that the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 (“Sedition Act”) “should take place at the next sitting of Parliament”.
Date: 08 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Malaysian Bar

NLA to pass Backlog of Legislations before End of Term

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) will pass legislations before the end of its term, said NLA Vice President Surachai Boonlertchai.
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

Palace condemns Ozamiz Judge's slay

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - Malacañang on Tuesday condemned the killing of Ozamiz City Executive Judge Edmundo Pintac, who was gunned down by unidentified assailants in Ozamiz City on Monday.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Senate repeals SSS Law; expands Coverage to OFWs

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) may soon avail of programs offered by the Social Security Systems (SSS), as part of reforms introduced in a Senate bill overhauling the SSS charter.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

JBC sets Interview of Two More SC Justice bets on October 18

MANILA, Oct 9 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Tuesday set a public interview for hopefuls applying for the position of Supreme Court Associate Justice on Oct. 18.
Date: 09 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; 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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