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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

Government embraces Digital Registration System for Businesses

With the Myanmar Companies Law now enforced, investors intending to start business in the country should register their firms online at the Myanmar Companies Online (MyCO) website from August 1 onwards, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

AGC files Notice of Appeal against Jamal Yunos' Bail Orders

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) - The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has filed an appeal against the Shah Alam High Court’s decision in allowing Sungai Besar UMNO chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos to be released on RM20,000 bail with three sureties. According to head of AGC Appellate and Trial Division Datuk Mohd Hanafiah Zakaria, t ...
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Dewan Rakyat appoints Select Committee

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat today passed the motion on the appointment of a Select Committee for the 14th Parliamentary term, chaired by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Flag Raising Ceremony to mark 51st ASEAN Day Celebration at Wisma Putra

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 7 (Bernama) - A flag-raising ceremony will be held at Wisma Putra tomorrow in conjunction with the 51st ASEAN Day celebration, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

More than 11,000 Individuals declared Bankrupt in Seven Months

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) - A total of 11,559 people have been declared bankrupt from October 2017 to April 2018, according to the Prime Minister's Department (JPM).
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Abolition of Sosma still under Review - Deputy Home Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) - The proposed abolition of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) is still under review as the abolition, should it take place, will affect the authorities involved in discharging their duties to combat security offences and threats.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

IRC has submitted Final Report

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 (Bernama) - The Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC), set up to give recommendations to the government concerning several key national institutions, has submitted its final report to the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) and Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) last month, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Date: 07 August 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

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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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