General & Misc Headlines

PNP reminds State Workers: stay away from Gambling Places

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reminded anew government employees regarding a memorandum circular prohibiting government personnel from entering, staying or playing at gambling casinos.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Reshuffle affects Two Top BOC Collectors, 64 Others

MANILA, Apr 5 (PNA) - The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has implemented a major reshuffle involving 66 personnel, including heads of two prime ports in Manila.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN, US affirm Commitment to Regional Rules-Based Order

MANILA, Apr 4 (PNA) - Representatives of the United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) reaffirmed their commitment to the rules-based order and to the ASEAN-centered regional architecture at a recently concluded dialogue in Malaysia.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Laos respects MRC Treaty

Siem Reap, Cambodia, Apr 4 - The Lao government considers the 1995 Mekong Agreement as an important guideline when using water and other resources in the Mekong river basin, according to a senior government official.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

Dewan Negara adjourns sine die

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 5 (Bernama) - The Dewan Negara adjourned sine die today after convening for the first meeting of the sixth session of the 13th Parliament since March 26.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Government to use Section 114 Act 655 if Water Agreement not finalized on July 4

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 5 (Bernama) - The federal government is ready to use Section 114 of the Water Industry Act 2006 (Act 655) should the main agreement on the takeover of the water concession between the Selangor state government and Syarikat Pengeluaran Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (SPLASH) is still not finalised on July 4.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Court nullifies Decision to award Damages to Ex-ISA Detainee

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 5 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today nullified the High Court and Court of Appeal's decision to award damages to a former Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960 detainee for wrongful detention.
Date: 05 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Dewan Rakyat passes Fire Services (Amendment) Bill 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 4 (Bernama) - The Fire Services (Amendment) Bill 2018, which will place the volunteer fire-fighting teams (PBS) under the purview of the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) was passed by the Dewan Rakyat today.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

No Law Amendments needed for setting up of Syariah Special Courts

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 4 (Bernama) - The setting up of the special courts for marriage, hadhanah (child custody) and nafkah (maintenance) under the purview of the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court will not involve any amendment to the existing laws.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Hazwani bte Amin v Chia Heok Meng

Damages - Assessment

Date: 02 April 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHCR 02; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Immigration (Exemption from Singapore Visa) (Amendment) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 5 April 2018.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 192; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Compulsory Education (National Primary Schools) Regulations 2018

These Regulations come into operation on 2 January 2019.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 190; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Senate to acquire Own Building in Fort Bonifacio by 2021

MANILA, Apr 4 (PNA) - Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday said that barring any major setback, the Senate would move to its new home to be constructed in a 18,320-square meter parcel of land at the Navy Village in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City by January 2021.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Get Married legally to avoid Human Trafficking, Chinese Ambassador advises

In the wake of reports that women, including Lao nationals, have been tricked by foreign human traffickers into love matches or undocumented marriages, a Chinese diplomat has warned Lao women to comply with legal procedures to avoid falling victim to such deception.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Laos, Brunei extend Length of Reciprocal Visa-Free Visits

The governments of Laos and Brunei Darussalam have agreed that their citizens can stay in the other’s country for up to 30 days without having to obtain a visa.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vientiane Times

Two Options should Azmin refuse Migration Process before July

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 3 (Bernama) - The federal government will consider the provisions under the national Water Services Industry Act 2006 (Act 655) or assess whether there is a need to extend the Selangor water restructuring agreement should the state government refuse to implement the migration process before July.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Civil Servants contesting in GE14 Need to resign

IPOH, Apr 3 (Bernama) - Civil servants who are likely to be nominated as a candidate for any parties in the 14th General Election (GE14) should resign from their posts, says Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Zainal Rahim Seman.
Date: 03 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Goh Wee Peng v Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad

Date: 20 February 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: Civil Appeal No. W-03(IM)(NCC)-102-12/2016; Source: Federal Court Registry

Fire Safety (Petroleum and Flammable Materials) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

These Regulations come into operation on 1 April 2018.
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 186; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

Federal Constitution (Delimitation of Constituencies) (States of Malaya) Order 2018

This Order comes into operation on 29 March 2018.
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 83 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

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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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