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Ban on Book "Sapuman: Man Of Steal" lifted

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has lifted the ban issued by the Home Ministry on the book ‘Sapuman: Man of Steal’ by cartoonist Zunar.
Date: 09 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Government to rationalize Agencies engaging with SMEs

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) - The Entrepreneur Development Ministry will implement a rationalisation process on all agencies engaging with entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to avoid duplication and financial wastage as well as reduce bureaucracy.
Date: 09 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Government to table White Paper on Felda's Financial Quandary

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) - The government has decided to present a white paper in Parliament in the next session to expose the real situation of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and its strategic rehabilitation plan.
Date: 09 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

PH Embassy in Singapore advices Married Filipino Women to be Mindful of Singapore’s Immigration Laws

SINGAPORE, Aug 6 - The Philippine Embassy in Singapore wishes to inform the public and the Filipino Community in Singapore to be mindful and to follow immigration rules in Singapore, particularly on the use of their married name.
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

DSWD urges Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflicts; joins International Humanitarian Law Month celebration

As the lead agency in social protection, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is reiterating its call to uphold the protection of civilians, particularly the vulnerable sectors, during incidents of armed conflict as it joins the celebration of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Month this August.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Social Welfare and Development

Assets of Two Vibrant Group Units frozen following Court Order

The assets of two subsidiaries of mainboard-listed logistics company Vibrant Group have been frozen following a pre-trial asset preservation court order.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Cabinet exempts Welfare Card Holders from Medical Expenses

BANGKOK, Aug 7 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved an exemption of medical expenses for low-income earners carrying state welfare cards.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Planned Amendment of EC Law receives Support from Various Groups

BANGKOK, Aug 8 (NNT) - The planned amendment of the Election Commission law has received support from various groups, who hope the change will ensure a smooth transition of work between the incumbent and new teams.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Cabinet approves Higher Education Act

BANGKOK, Aug 7 (NNT) - The cabinet on Tuesday (Aug 7th) has approved the Higher Education Act.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Filipinos to be registered for National ID in Two to Five Years

MANILA, Aug 8 (PNA) - The entire population is expected to be registered at the Philippine ID System (PhilSys) in two to five years, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Wednesday.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD orders DOJ to review Nayong Pilipino’s ‘Flawed’ Contract

MANILA, Aug 8 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review a lease contract that Nayong Pilipino Foundation Inc. (NPFI) has entered into with Landing Resorts Philippines Development Corp. (LRPDC).
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

BIR denies Failure to remit Collection from Employees on time

MANILA, Aug 7 (PNA) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said that contrary to a report that came out in one of the leading newspapers in the country, it has remitted its withholding taxes and the social contributions of its employees on time, as mandated by governing laws.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN should strengthen Centrality and Relevance: FM

Jakarta, Aug 8 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should strengthen its centrality and unity while at the same time become increasingly responsive to development strategies, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi stated.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Asean urged to enhance Inter-Regional Trade

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 (Bernama) - ASEAN countries have been urged to take the opportunity to enhance trade with each other amid the US-China trade tensions, given the bloc’s huge population of 642 million.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Prosecution withdraws Appeal against Rafizi's acquittal on insulting UMNO Members Charge

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 8 (Bernama) - The prosecution withdrew its appeal today against a High Court’s decision to acquit PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli on a charge of intentionally insulting and provoking anger among UMNO members through a statement four years ago.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Ship Manager will be appointed to manage Equanimity in Due Course - Lawyer

PORT KLANG, Aug 8 (Bernama) - Lawyer Jeremy Joseph who is representing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) said a qualified and a competent ship manager will be appointed in due course to manage the luxury superyacht Equanimity throughout its seizure period at Port Klang.
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Minister Kobsak: Social Enterprise Promotion Bill will build Sustainability

BANGKOK, Aug 6 (NNT) - The government is confident that the draft act on the promotion of social enterprise will build sustainability in Thai communities.
Date: 06 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Bill amending Corporation Code gets Senate nod

MANILA, Aug 7 (PNA) - The Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to amend the Corporation Code to improve the country's business climate and make it attractive to large and small businesses. Senate Bill 1280 was approved with 20 positive votes, zero negative votes and zero abstention. The bill amends the 38-year-o ...
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks De Lima Plea to attend Oral Argument on ICC Withdrawal

MANILA, Aug 7 (PNA) - Detained Senator Leila de Lima could not participate in the oral argument on the petition seeking to invalidate the Philippine government's withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Supreme Court (SC) ruled Tuesday.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ex-CJ Puno endorses Marquez for SC Post

MANILA, Aug 7 (PNA) - Retired Chief Justice and Consultative Committee chair Reynato Puno expressed support for Court Administrator Midas Marquez, who is vying for a seat in the Supreme Court (SC).
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

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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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Petronas, Sabah, Negeri Sembilan receive Global Innovation Award

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 14 (Bernama) - Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), Sabah Land and Survey Department, and the Negeri Sembilan government have been selected ahead of more than 100,000 companies worldwide to win a global technology award.

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PH Embassy in Switzerland celebrates ASEAN Day

BERNE, Aug 13 - The Philippine Embassy in Switzerland held a ceremony on 08 August 2018 to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the founding of ASEAN.

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ASEAN launches Website, Publication of ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation

JAKARTA, Aug 13 - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi and Indonesian Foreign Retno Marsudi led the celebration of the 51st anniversary of ASEAN in a ceremony held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 08 August 2018.

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PH Embassy in Madrid participates in ASEAN Day

MADRID, Aug 13 - The Philippine Embassy in Madrid participated in the annual commemoration of ASEAN Day on 08 August 2018, in a ceremony hosted by Thai Ambassador and current ASEAN Committee in Madrid (ACM) chair Rattikul Chansuriya.

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DFA lauds Appointment of Career Diplomat as Chief of Presidential Protocol, Foreign Affairs Adviser

Aug 12 - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) today lauded the appointment by President Rodrigo Duterte of a career diplomat as one of the senior officials at the Office of the President and said this move would help advance the country’s foreign policy goals.

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ASEAN Committee in Rome celebrates ASEAN Day 2018

ROME, Aug 13 - Ambassador to Italy Domingo P. Nolasco joined other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ambassadors in Rome in celebrating ASEAN Day, in a ceremony held at the Malaysian Embassy in Rome.

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