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Parliament to convene on June 5

The National Assembly (NA) has announced it will convene its 5th ordinary session from June 5-28, the Lao News Agency reported on Friday, citing the parliament’s Secretariat.
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Developing Company fined again for breeding Aedes Mosquitoes Larvae

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 (Bernama) - A developing company was again fined RM10,000 in default two months' jail by the Magistrate's Court here today after pleading guilty to a charge of breeding Aedes mosquito larvae at a construction site in Wangsa Maju two years ago.
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Najib withdraws Suit against Tony Pua, Chan over 1MDB Issue

KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 (Bernama) - Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today withdrew his defamation suit against former Petaling Jaya Utara MP, Tony Pua Kiam Wee and Mediarakyat.net portal owner, Chan Chee Kong over the issue of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
Date: 28 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Mayor Art (Purn) H Cecep Sumarno, SH SIP DK v Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU) Kabupaten Lebak

Date: 24 April 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 262 K/TUN/PILKADA/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

NLA receives Joint Proposal for Draft Laws on Higher Education

BANGKOK, May 26 (NNT) - A Vice President of the National Legislative Assembly has accepted a joint proposal related to two draft laws related to the country’s higher education system. Vice President of the NLA, Surachai Liengboonlertchai has accepted the joint proposal from 11 groups of professions, including the Medical Council of Thail ...
Date: 26 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

NLA request to move Forward with Senate Law

BANGKOK, May 24 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has requested permission to seek royal endorsement of the Senate selection bill currently under deliberation by the Constitutional Court, paving the way for related agencies to prepare for Senate selection.
Date: 24 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Former Sec of Sg Besar UMNO Division fined RM4,000 for organizing Illegal Rally

PETALING JAYA, May 25 (Bernama) - Sungai Besar UMNO division former secretary Mohamed Durrany Izam was fined RM4,000 by the Sessions Court here today after being found guilty of organising an illegal rally in front of news portal Malaysiakini office, two years ago.
Date: 25 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Sereno asks SC More time to respond on Show Cause Order

MANILA,  May 25 (PNA) - The camp of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday filed a motion asking the Supreme Court (SC) to give her more time to respond on the show cause order in connection with the SC ruling on the quo warranto petition against her.
Date: 25 May 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD will sign National ID System into Law: Palace

MANILA, May 25 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte will sign into law a bill seeking to establish a single Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) once ratified by the two houses of Congress, Malacañang said on Thursday.
Date: 25 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Appointment under Subsection 3(1) of the Geological Survey Act 1974

This is a notification of the appointment of persons named in the Schedule to various posts.
Date: 25 May 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (B) 305 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Update on Imposition by Local Authorities of Requirement of Licences for Premises and/or Signboards

This is to notify the members of the Bar that in case they receive any notice or summons in respect of a premises licence they are to inform the Bar Council and to respond to Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) informing them of the consent order by referring to this circular and requesting DBKL to rescind their notice or s ...
Date: 24 May 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Malaysian Bar

Bill of the Public Safety Act

This Bill promotes greater commitment to public order and safety by local government units and increases their responsiveness by establishing a fully functional and responsive central command and control center and emergency response and management system.
Date: 22 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1814 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Marawi Siege Victims Compensation Act of 2018

This Bill seeks to provide compensation and assistance to the people of Marawi, providing them with means to immediately recover from the damage and destruction to their homes and private property resulting from the Marawi Siege.
Date: 22 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1816 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Town Council of Jalan Besar (Conservancy and Service Charges) (Amendment) By-laws 2018

These By-laws come into operation on 1 June 2018.
Date: 24 May 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 317; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Bill of the Act to reorganize the National Parks Development Committee

This Bill reorganizes the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and renames it as the Public Parks Development Authority and also defines the NPDC’s mandate and jurisdiction.
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1811 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of an Act to amend the Philippine Food Fortification Act of 2000

This Bill seeks to amend Republic Act 8976, otherwise known as the "Philippine Food Fortification Act of 2000", by removing or excluding refined sugar from the list of products covered by mandatory food fortification.
Date: 16 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1808 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) Act

This Bill of an Act aims to institutionalize the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to reduce poverty and promote human capital development.
Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1806 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

Bill of the School Modernization and Innovation Act of 2018

The Bill seeks to establish the School Modernization and Innovation Trust Fund which will augment the regular appropriations to finance the priority programs for school modernization and improvement of public elementary and secondary schools.
Date: 15 May 2018; Type: Federal Bill; Citation: SB No. 1802 of 2018; Source: Senate of The Philippines

OP wants Senate, House Versions of BBL alike before certifying Urgent

MANILA, May 24 (PNA) - Malacañang on Thursday said that it was not stalling the process of certifying the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) as urgent but only making sure that versions of both chambers of the Congress are alike.
Date: 24 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Departmental Titles (Alteration) Act (Amendment of Schedule) Notification 2018

This Notification comes into operation on 23 May 2018.
Date: 22 May 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 314; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

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CJ Bets face JBC Grilling Over Income, Properties in SALN

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - The contents of the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth were among the issues raised by members of the Judicial Council (JBC) in Thursday's public interview for aspirants vying for the Chief Justice post.

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Reyes, Tejano-Ang Wrap up JBC Interview for CJ Post

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Supreme Court Associate Justice Andres Reyes Jr., and Judge Virginia Tejano-Ang of the Regional Trial Court Branch 1 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte were the last two aspirants for Chief Justice who went under questioning by the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Thursday.

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De Castro to revive Key Reform Projects once picked as CJ

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Despite her imminent retirement from the judiciary in less than two months, Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro on Thursday said she will be able to introduce reforms in the Supreme Court (SC) once named Chief Justice.

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Bersamin: No Pressure Felt from Gov't in Rulings on Cases

MANILA, Aug 16 (PNA) - Associate Justice Lucas Bersamin on Thursday said he has never felt any pressure from other government branches in rendering decisions on various cases.

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Court of Appeal Judge reprimanded by His Superior over Dissenting Judgment

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) – A Court of Appeal Judge has today disclosed that he had been reprimanded by a top judge for writing a dissenting judgment in unilateral conversion of M.Indira Gandhi case two years ago.

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Judicial Activism has Led to Renaissance in Administrative Law, says Academician

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 (Bernama) – There is more judicial activism now which has led to a renaissance in administrative law, according to an academician.

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Cabinet acknowledges Progress in Thailand-Myanmar Cooperation in fighting Drug Trade

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The Cabinet has acknowledged progress made in Thailand’s cooperation with Myanmar in tackling drug problems in the border area.

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NLA whip to decide on proposed Amendment of EC Act - VP Surachai

BANGKOK, Aug 15 (NNT) - The National Legislative Assembly whip will be the person responsible for the ultimate decision to proceed with a proposed amendment of the Election Commission Act, says the legislature’s Vice President Surachai Liengboonlertchai.

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CA confirms Poll Exec, Foreign Service, Military Officers' Appointment

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Marlon Casquejo and several foreign service and military officers hurdled the Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday.

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House installs Yap, Pichay as New Deputy Speakers

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The House of Representatives on Wednesday elected two new deputy speakers following the ascension of Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the speakership.

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Five CJ bets to face JBC Interview Thursday

MANILA, Aug 15 (PNA) - The five candidates for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (SC) will walk into the line of fire with their Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) interview set on Thursday.

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IRD to build ICT System enabling Tax Payments

Taxpayers may soon be able to pay their dues to the government via mobile banking, said U Min Htut, director general of the Internal Revenue Department (IRD).

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Law Enforcement remains weak: Deputy Minister

Laos has enacted over 100 laws since national liberation in 1975, but law enforcement remains weak, a senior official has admitted.

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Exercise of Freedom must be in accordance to Federal Constitution - Eddin Syazlee

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The exercise of individual’s right to freedom, be it freedom of religion or speech, must be done in accordance to the provisions in the Federal Constitution, says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddin Syazlee Shith.

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International Malaysia Law Conference 2018

The 4-day International Malaysia Law Conference (“IMLC”) 2018, the flagship biennial event of the Malaysian Bar themed “Raising the Bar: Innovate. Integrate. Emulate.” is underway.

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IMLC 2018: Change of Government an impetus for strengthening the Rule of Law, says Sultan Nazrin Shah

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The recent change of government in Malaysia has given a fresh impetus to strengthen the rule of law in the country, the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah said today.

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1Mine urges Government to postpone SST

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - The government has been urged to postpone implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST) come Sept 1 until a directive on the newly passed tax law is clearly outlined.

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Seizure of Equanimity made according to Legal Procedures - Liew Vui Keong

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong told the Dewan Rakat today that the seizure of the superyatch Equanimity was made according to Malaysian procedures and laws.

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