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SC Chairman elected Vice Chair of International Organisation of Securities Commission

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) chairman Datuk Syed Zaid Albar has been elected vice-chair of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) Committee.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Economic Action Council formed

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11 (Bernama) - The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) today announced the establishment of the Economic Action Council, which is tasked with scrutinising and making decisions regarding economic and financial affairs as well as the people's well-being.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Christian C Halili v Commission on Elections and 2 Others, and Another Appeal

Date: 15 January 2019; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR Nos. 231643 & 231657; Source: Supreme Court

Suit against Dead Woman's Estate dismissed by Court

The High Court has dismissed the bid by a marine consultancy to sue the estate of its late company secretary after claiming she cheated it out of $1.6 million.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore Top Court upholds order for Commerzbank to pay Long Well S$41M for breaching Agreements

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of High Court ordering a Commerzbank-owned unit to pay Long Well Group $41 million over a soured investment.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Law System fine-tuned to promote Human rights

Hanoi, Feb 11 (VNA) - Vietnam has been working unceasingly to build a state of the people, by the people and for the people by improving legal regulations relevant to human rights.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: VietnamPlus

Laws to be revised to implement CPTPP

Hanoi, Feb 11 (VNA) - Vietnam will revise some laws to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and the drafts will be submitted to the National Assembly in May.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

NGOs call for Speedy Passage of Information Freedom Law

A group of 19 non-governmental organisations and associations have urged the Kingdom’s legislative and executive bodies to expedite the passage of a draft law on freedom of information, which the group said had been delayed for years.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Najib gets Stay, SRC International Trial will not Proceed tomorrow

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11 (Bernama) - Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's trial on seven charges relating to SRC International Sdn Bhd funds will not proceed tomorrow. This followed a unanimous decision by the Court of Appeal three-man bench today to allow Najib's application to temporarily postpone the trial pending the disposal of his ...
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court allows Tengku Adnan's Bid to get Passport temporarily

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Bernama) - The High Court here today allowed an application by former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to obtain his passport temporarily in order to visit his children in Australia as well as to attend business meetings in Indonesia.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Najib's New Money Laundering Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Bernama) - The case of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak involving three additional charges of money laundering to the tune of RM27 million of SRC International funds will be heard in the High Court.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Bill reducing Food Waste hurdles Final Reading

More poor people may be saved from hunger soon as the House of Representatives unanimously approved with 183 votes, House Bill 8873, seeking to reduce food waste through food donations and food waste recycling.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Ministry approves New Party

The government on Thursday announced its recognition of the new “People Purpose Party”, with Ith Sarum as its president and founder, while civil society organisations expressed disapproval at the move, saying more political parties does not mean more quality.
Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

High Roller can now contest Casino's $10M Suit

A default $10 million judgment against an Australian-Chinese tycoon for alleged casino debts was set aside by the High Court, and allowed his appeal to enter his defence and contest the case in a court trial.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Apex Court: Yacht Dealer can keep $774K Deposit

A pre-contract deposit paid by a late Indonesian tycoon for keeping two boats off market can be kept by the yacht dealer ruled the Singapore's top court, as the former failed to buy the boats, reversing the High Court judgment to refund the money.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Cases at Court in push to tackle Jail Overcrowding

A working group established to streamline court procedures, with the aim of resolving prison overcrowding, last week began sending cases to municipal and provincial courts throughout the country, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin said on Wednesday.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Duterte to certify Military Pension Reform Bill as urgent

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify as urgent a bill reforming the pension system of military and other uniformed personnel, Malacañang said Thursday.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

CA junks Teachers' Group Suit vs PNP 'Profiling'

MANILA, Feb 7 (PNA) - The Court of Appeals (CA) dismissed a suit filed by a militant group questioning the supposed moves of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct surveillance and profiling on public and private school teachers.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Rosyid Nuryadin DKK v PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) DKK

Date: 10 August 2018; Court: Supreme Court of Indonesia; Citation: SC No. 1775 K/Pdt/2018; Source: Supreme Court of Indonesia

Virgilia T Aquino and 4 Others v Estate of Tomas B Aguirre

Date: 14 January 2019; Court: Supreme Court of The Philippines; Citation: GR No. 232060; Source: Supreme Court

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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