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IPCMC Parliament Bill to be tabled in Current Session Liew

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 4 (Bernama) - Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Law), Datuk Liew Vui Keong, told the Dewan Rakyat today that the Bill to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) will be tabled in the current session once it gets Cabinet approval.
Date: 04 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Rights and Gender Equality Select Committee moves forward

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 3 (Bernama) - The Third Meeting of Rights and Gender Equality Select Committee of the Parliament of Malaysia has discussed a brief report of the committee's visit to Westminster, London to better understand the laws relating to gender sensitivity.
Date: 03 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC junks Investors' Plea vs Kapa Closure

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA)  - The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by Rhema International Livelihood Foundation Inc,. or Cirfund, a key investor of the controversial Kapa Community International Ministry, seeking to stop the closure of the firm.
Date: 03 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Fisheries Act to be amended to ensure More Severe Penalty

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 3 (Bernama) - Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, told the Dewan Rakyat today: “The penalty for foreign vessels trespassing into Malaysian waters will be increased from RM1 million to RM6 million, while for crew (raised) from RM100,000 to RM600,000.”
Date: 03 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Methamphetamine: Chinese National spared Gallows, jailed 17 Years

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 2 (Bernama) - A Chinese national was spared the gallows after the Federal Court here today reduced her charge from trafficking in 1,529.7 grammes of methamphetamine to possession of the drug.
Date: 02 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Airbnb wants clearer Guideline on Tourism Tax

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 2 (Bernama) -- Online hospitality service brokerage company, Airbnb Inc urged the government to provide a clearer guideline on tourism tax for its type of business.
Date: 02 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

FOI, Divorce among Bills refiled in House of Representatives

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - The Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill and the Absolute Divorce Bill were among the first measures filed on Monday at the House of Representatives prior to the formal opening of the 18th Congress on July 22.
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC junks Pleas on Source Code Review in Vote Counting Machines

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) has turned down petitions, which seek to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to allow groups to open and review the source code in the vote counting machines (VCMs) as provided for under Republic Act 9369 or the Election Modernization Act of 1997.
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malcontento to take oath as New Prosecutor General on July 2

MANILA, Jul 1 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento may assume office as soon as he takes his oath Tuesday.
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Philippine News Agency

Go Online to partner with 8 Million MSMEs

Jakarta, Jul 1 (ANTARA) - The Communications and Information Ministry is targeting eight million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to be partners of the Go Online program. Involving MSMEs and marketplace in the country, Go Online is a collaborative program between the government, MSMEs, and online shopping platforms to level digital marke ...
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Dewan Rakyat approves Motion on Asset Declaration by Members

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 1 (Bernama) - The motion to compel all Members of Parliament to declare their assets was unanimously approved by the Dewan Rakyat today. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong, when winding up the debate on the motion, said it was the first step by the Pakatan Harapan government to ensure the p ...
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Federal Court dismisses Dr Mahathir's Leave to appeal

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 1 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's judicial review to challenge the validity of the appointment of two former top judges has come to an end as the Federal Court here today dismissed his application for leave to appeal.
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Court rejects Najib's request to adjourn Trial to attend Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 1 (Bernama) - The High Court today dismissed an application by Pekan MP Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to adjourn the SRC International trial for him to attend Parliament which began sitting today.
Date: 01 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Man jailed for Eight Years for Subversive Acts

HCM City, Jun 27 (VNA) - The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City on June 27 handed an eight-year prison sentence to a man for engaging in activities aimed to overthrow the people’s administration.
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency

SC grants Writ of Habeas Data Plea of Leyte 'Narco-Solon'

MANILA, Jun 29 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) handed down a writ of habeas data in favor of Leyte 3rd District Rep. Vicente S. E. Veloso, who was on the narco-list disclosed by President Rodrigo Duterte last March.
Date: 29 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ drops kidnapping Rap vs Lawyer in Sagay Massacre

MANILA, Jun 28 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) junked a kidnapping case against a lawyer who assisted the mother of a minor who survived the Sagay massacre in Negros Occidental.
Date: 28 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

Motion on Asset Declaration by Dewan Rakyat Members to be tabled on July 1

IPOH, Jun 30 (Bernama) -- A motion to compel all Members of Parliament to declare their income and assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow, said Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming.
Date: 30 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Settlement unsuccessful in "Bin Abdullah" Case, Appeal to proceed

PUTRAJAYA, Jun 28 (Bernama) - The National Registration Department (NRD) and two others were unable to reach an out-of-court settlement in the case of a Muslim child born out of wedlock whose parents sought to change the ‘Abdullah’ patronym to the father's surname in the birth certificate.
Date: 28 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Constitutional Court dismisses Appeal against Jokowi's Re-election

JAKARTA, Jun 27 (Bernama) - Joko Widodo or Jokowi has been confirmed winner of Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election, to lead the world's third largest democracy for the second term.
Date: 27 June 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

MITI calls SMEs to sign up for IR4.0 Assessment

GEORGE TOWN, Jun 28 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the manufacturing sector to sign up for the National Policy on Industry 4.0 Readiness Assessment (Industry4WRD-RA).
Date: 28 June 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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Championing Rule of Law, Speedy Justice under Guevarra's Helm

MANILA, Jul 21 (PNA) - It has been a little over a year this month when the team led by Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra took over the helm of the Department of Justice (DoJ) and has since proven to be a dynamic organization dedicated to President Rodrigo Duterte's commitment towards transparency in governance and the elimination of corruption in all levels of the bureaucracy.

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NegOcc MSMEs upbeat on PH Innovation Act

BACOLOD CITY, Jul 20 (PNA) - The signing of the Philippine Innovation Act has made Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Negros Occidental optimistic about the growth and development of local entrepreneurs.

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Tax Academy offers Online Courses for BIR, BOC Employees

MANILA, Jul 18 (PNA) - The Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) has completed the development of 14 competency-based mandatory online studies required for new hires at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as well as refresher courses for existing BOC employees, the Department of Finance (DOF) announced in a statement on Thursday.

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PRRD to only face PH Court

MANILA, Jul 17 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has no intention to face the international tribunal stressing that he would only answer to the Philippine courts.

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Court cautions Najib against posting Statements on his Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - The High Court here today cautioned Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak against posting any more statements in social media pertaining to his SRC trial or risk being cited for contempt of court.

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Bank Muamalat: 'Court did not find us Guilty of Union-Busting'

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 18 (Bernama) - Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd today said it was never found guilty of union-busting or had breached any law.

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Labour Ministry opens Automation Center

BANGKOK, Jul 17 (NNT) - On efforts to push the Thai industrial sector into the 4.0 era, human resources must be capable of operating technology and automated systems, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development project. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Labour has established a human resources development center on automation and robots at the Institute for Skills Development 3, located in Chonburi.

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Guidebook on Parliamentary Constituencies launched

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof today launched Wakil Kita di Parlimen, a 228-page guidebook containing relevant information on all the 222 parliamentary constituencies.

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Students among Plaintiffs in Lawsuit over Sungai Kim Kim Pollution

JOHOR BAHRU, Jul 17 (Bernama) - Thirty-four students are among 171 individuals who are suing the Johor state government, Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and 10 others over the pollution in Sungai Kim Kim near Pasir Gudang last March.

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Mandalay Region Hluttaw approves New High Court Judge

Mandalay Region Hluttaw was unanimously appointed a new regional high court judge on the second day of the second session of the hluttaw after being nominated by the regional chief minister.

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DOJ forms Special Team to probe Kidapawan Broadcaster's Slay

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday said he has ordered a special investigation team to look into the killing last Wednesday of radio commentator Eduardo Dizon who was gunned down on the way home in Kidapawan City, Cotabato.

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New BSP Deputy Governor sworn in

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - Francisco G. Dakila Jr. received his oath of office as Deputy Governor for Monetary and Economics Sector (MES) in ceremonies administered by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno on Thursday.

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Chief Justice heads Penang Honours List

GEORGE TOWN, Jul 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat heads the list of 877 recipients of state honours and honorary medals in conjunction with the 81st birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Penang Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.

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Prosecution failed to serve Summons on Shahrizat's Children, Court sets new Mention Date

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 12 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today set Aug 5 for mention of a lawsuit filed by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) against two children of former Women, Family and Community Development Minister Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in connection with several offences allegedly committed by their company.

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Free Legal Service to be provided for the Poor

Legal aid groups will provide free legal services to poor people and those in need of legal assistance across the country in an effort to support the rule of law and restore public trust in the judiciary.

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Bill to increase Sabah State Seats to be tabled on July 17

KOTA KINABALU, Jul 11 (Bernama) - Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is confident the Bill for the additional 13 seats, to increase the number of state seats from 60 to 73, will be approved when it is tabled in Parliament on July 17.

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SolGen asks SC to dismiss Writ of Kalikasan Suit on WPS

MANILA, Jul 9 (PNA) - Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court (SC) to dismiss the petition filed against government agencies, which seeks unspecified action on the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea.

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IRB records 486,360 Cases of Voluntary Tax Declaration

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 8 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has recorded 486,360 cases of voluntary tax declaration under the special voluntary declaration programme (PKPS) as of June 23.

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