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PH Ambassador to Vietnam proposes improving Research on Harmonization of Legal Systems of ASEAN Countries

HANOI, Nov 23 - In his message at the 45th anniversary celebration of the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies in Hanoi on 14 November 2018, Ambassador to Vietnam Noel Servigon proposed that there should be more efforts to harmonize the legal systems of the Southeast Asian countries in order to ensure more efficient economic interaction in the reg ...
Date: 23 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

PH, Colombia hold Fourth Bilateral Consultation Mechanism Meeting

MANILA, Nov 28 - The Philippines and Colombia convened their 4th Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) meeting on 23 November 2018 at the Diamond Hotel in Manila.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Bill declaring an Annual National Hijab Day Hurdles Second Reading

The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8590 which seeks to declare the first day of February of every year as National Hijab Day.
Date: 30 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

ASEAN urged to promote Self Reliance to cope with Challenges

HÀ NỘI, Dec 1 - Over the past five decades since its foundation, ASEAN has made contributions to shaping peace, stability for development and promoting co-operation in the region.
Date: 01 December 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Viet Nam News

Finance Ministry to seek Cabinet Approval on Tax Incentive to spur Year-end Spending

BANGKOK, Dec 1 (NNT) - The Ministry of Finance is to propose a new tax break to the cabinet, hoping to bolster public spending throughout the month of December.
Date: 01 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Ministry drawing up Law for Development of Houses of Worship - Zuraida

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 (Bernama) - The Housing and Local Government Ministry is drawing up a law to make compulsory for approval to be obtained for construction of houses of worship.
Date: 02 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Singapore Academy of Law (Amendment) Rules 2018

These Rules come into operation on 1 December 2018.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: No. S 775; Source: Singapore Statutes Online

House passes on Second Reading Bill transferring PNPA and NPTI to the PNP

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading House Bill 8628 which seeks to transfer the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the Philippine National Police (PNP) under the direct administrative supervision and operational contr ...
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Panel approves “Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes Management Bill”

The House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday approved a substitute bill which seeks to advance the protection of human health and the environment through the provision of a comprehensive hazardous and radioactive wastes management program.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Judges split as to whether KR Navy Chief Should Stand Trial

The National and International Co-investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) was divided on Wednesday as to whether Meas Muth, a former Khmer Rouge naval commander, should have the charges against him of genocide of the Vietnamese, war crimes and premeditated homicide dropped.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Asean and South Korea discuss Investment

SEOUL, Nov 29 (VIETNAM NEWS/ANN) - The sixth Asean Connectivity Forum, the only forum on investment in Asean countries, opened on Tuesday in Seoul, South Korea.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Phnom Penh Post

LGBTI Network discusses Civil-Partnership Bill

BANGKOK, Nov 29 (NNT) - The LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) community in Thailand held an event on Thursday to celebrate 10 years of their recognition in the country, with a discussion on the proposed civil-partnership bill that will be submitted for the cabinet's approval.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Law and Regulations need Periodical Evaluation: Expert

Jakarta, Nov 3 (ANTARA News) - Expert in constitutional law said law regulations need to be evaluated periodically to keep them effective in the changing condition.
Date: 03 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Antara

Prosecution slams Defence's 11th Hour Bid as Irresponsible

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 (Bernama) - Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah today described as irresponsible the defence bid to challenge his appointment as the lead prosecutor in the SRC International Sdn Bhd case involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the eleventh hour.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

ASEAN Labour Ministers' Meeting adopts Three Resolutions - Kula Segaran

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 (Bernama) - The 25th ASEAN Labour Ministers’ Meeting which concluded today adopted three resolutions - the Declaration on Promoting Green Jobs for Equity, Inclusive Growth of the ASEAN Community and the main agenda of the ASEAN Labour Sector’s deliberations for 2018-2020.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Rosmah's Money Laundering Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 (Bernama) - The case of wife of former prime minister, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who has been charged with 17 counts of money laundering and tax evasion will be heard at the High Court.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Appeals Court allows Shafee to intervene in Anwar's Appeal

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 29 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today allowed lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah to intervene in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's appeal regarding his (Anwar’s) civil action against the government over his sodomy conviction.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Singapore hosts 44th ASEAN Ports Association Meeting

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have hosted the 44th ASEAN Ports Association (APA) Meeting on 27 and 28 November 2018. The annual meeting was officially opened by the Chairman of MPA, Mr. Niam Chiang Meng, at the Conrad Centennial Hotel this morning.
Date: 27 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Maritime and Port Authority

Company fined for improper Waste Disposal

THE Law Enforcement Unit of the Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Municipal Department issued a compound fine of BND500 on Syarikat Rezaul Karim Eng Sdn Bhd on Monday for improper disposal of waste in a public area, which is a violation under Section 12 (1) (C) Minor Offences Act Chapter 30.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Borneo Bulletin Online

Vietnam attends workshop on ASEAN in Algeria

ALGIERS, Nov 28 (VNA) - Vietnamese Ambassador to Algeria Pham Quoc Tru has highlighted the importance of joining ASEAN to the socio-economic development of Vietnam, as well as the country’s role in ASEAN at present at a workshop in Algiers on November 27.
Date: 28 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Vietnam News Agency

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House Panel to probe 'Budget Anomalies' in January

MANILA, Dec 13 (PNA) - The House of Representatives rules committee will start its investigation on the alleged “budget anomalies and questionable allocations” by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on January 3, Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. announced on Thursday.

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ASEAN launches Safe Migration Campaign

Jakarta, Dec 12 (ANTARA News) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has launched a safe migration campaign to increase public awareness of the advantages of employing migrant workers.

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Nation celebrates Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Government agencies and diplomatic and international organisation representatives gathered in Vientiane to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its lasting impact, which was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Australia.

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SC welcomes Malaysia's Improved Ranking in Corporate Governance

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) is encouraged by the recognition of Malaysia's initiatives to improve corporate governance, which was a result of the collective effort by various stakeholders.

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MyCC to identify Anti-Competitive Elements in Eggs Market

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 (Bernama) - The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is working closely with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) to identify any anti-competitive elements that may occur in the domestic market for chicken eggs.

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MITI, MIDA, Intel hold IoT Forum to review Progress

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and Intel Malaysia conducted the Internet of Things (IoT) Malaysia Forum 2018 yesterday to review IoT’s progress since its introduction five years ago.

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Unions request Government to set Workers’ Minimum Wage

Unions have asked the government to set the minimum wage for the construction and service sectors and to solve the five other major problems facing them, a statement released on International Human Rights Day on Monday said.

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Dewan Rakyat adjourns, Reform Agenda implemented - Speaker

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The reform agenda of the Parliament was implemented at the second meeting of the first term of the 14th Parliament which came to a close today after sitting for 30 days since Oct 15.

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Court proposes Mediation in Theresa Kok's Suit against Jamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) - The High Court today proposed that Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok who filed a libel suit against Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos over alleged misuse of Yayasan Warisan Anak Selangor (Yawas) funds, resolve the case via mediation.

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Vietnam, Laos boost Judicial Cooperation

Hanoi, Dec 10 (VNA) - Vietnamese Minister of Justice Le Thanh Long and his Lao counterpart Xaysi Santivong agreed to work closely together to launch a bilateral cooperation programme for 2019, during their talks in Hanoi on December 10.

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Nation marks Constitution Day

BANGKOK, 10th December 2018 (NNT) - Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand.

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Court has Final Say on Trillanes' Travel Abroad: DOJ

MANILA, Dec 10 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) will not prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes IV from traveling abroad if no travel ban is handed down by the courts against him.

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Government concerned about Readiness of SMEs to adopt Industry 4.0

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (Bernama) - The Government is concerned about the readiness of local industries, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to adopt Industry 4.0.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Bank Negara Malaysia and Dubai Financial Services Authority

On 28 November 2018, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on supervisory cooperation for effective supervision of banking and insurance/ takaful/ reinsurance institutions operating in both countries.

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DFA holds first ever Gender and Development Assembly

MAKATI, Dec 6- As part of the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) programs to continually mainstreaming gender and development (GAD) policies in its programs and activities, it hosted the agency’s first ever Gender and Development (GAD) Assembly at the Makati Diamond Residences on 06 to 08 November 2018.

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Vietnam, Cambodia PMs attend Business Forum

Vietnam and Cambodia could make their two-way trade value at US$7-8 billion by 2020 as they have established sound cooperation across sectors and their governments have regularly taken measures to remove difficulties for businesses, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said.

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Cambodia, Laos set to boost Bilateral Trade

Cambodia and Laos have pledged to boost trade and investment across their border, while trade volume between the two countries last year was just over $27 million, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Commerce.

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Revenue Department says it does not collect Higher Tax from Online Merchants

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - The Revenue Department has insisted that the Revenue Code Amendment Act draft is not intended to make online merchants pay more tax but to analyze the behavior of taxpayers.

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