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Govt to draft Social Harmony Act after Study - Dr Md Farid

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 (Bernama) - A Social Harmony Act will be drafted after a full study is completed, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik. He said the proposed act was now at “discussion stage” at the ministry and its aim was to cultivate a culture of tolerance, unity and harmony among the various races. The ministry’s objective is not to punish, but to warn the public not to raise sensitive issues that would jeopardise race relations, he said.

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Việt Nam to complete Legal Corridor for Remote Sensing Activities

Date: 08 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI, Dec 8 - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) recently proposed a draft decree on remote sensing activities.

DPM and Industry Minister outline SME Bank Policy

Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Minister of Industry Utama Saowanayon have handed down policies to the SME Development Bank (SME Bank) focused on aiding business operators in 2019 and setting a target that elevates 600,000 enterprises into the E-Commerce realm.

Review to shorten 21-Day SOP to probe Sexual Harassment Cases

Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
PUTRAJAYA, Dec 7 (Bernama) - The Women, Community and Family Development Ministry is reviewing to shorten the 21-day Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to investigate sexual harassment cases.
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Cambodia frees 32 Surrogate Mothers charged with Human Trafficking

Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Cambodia Daily
Cambodia has released 32 women who were detained while pregnant on charges of human trafficking for acting as surrogate mothers for Chinese couples, a government official said on Thursday.

Tax Incentive seeks to help Rubber Farmers

Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Dec 5 (NNT) - The government's tax break on shopping to stimulate end-of-year spending benefits small entrepreneurs as well as farmers affected by the Para rubber price drop, according to a revenue department official.

Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

Date: 08 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand
BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.

Workers get Additional Pay on December 8

Date: 07 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said workers who will report to work on Saturday, December 8, a special non-working day as the country observes the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, will get an additional 30 percent in their salaries.

Two escape Gallows over Drugs after Court flags Inconsistencies

Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch
Two men, originally sentenced to hang for heroin trafficking, were cleared yesterday after a split decision by the Court of Appeal, with two of the three judges pointing to inconsistencies in how the seized drugs were handled after the arrest.

Law change ‘welcomed’ by Kem Sokha as it goes for Review

Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post
The Permanent Committee of the National Assembly met on Wednesday to discuss the proposed amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties - something “supported and welcomed” by former opposition leader Kem Sokha – and put it up for review by its parliamentary commission.

Ex-DavOr exec, Five 'Ghost Employees' face Jail Term for Graft raps

Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 6 (PNA) - The Sandiganbayan sentenced a former provincial board member of Davao Oriental to a maximum jail term of 58 years for allowing hiring of "ghost employees" in the provincial government from July 2001 to March 2003.

Everyone must be Equal under the Law: Civil Code Drafters propose

Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times
Law drafters have proposed that all Lao people, in all regions of the country must be equal under the law, with gender equality included in this regard.

PTPTN loans: Employers have no right to deduct staff salaries

Date: 06 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama
GEORGE TOWN, Dec 6 (Bernama) - Employers have no right to directly deduct loan repayments from the salaries of their staff who are the PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation) borrowers without their (employees) consent.

Party disciplines Two Former Government Officials

Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI, Dec 5 - Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has disciplined two former Government officials for their involvement in violations in the purchase of 95 per cent of shares at the AVG Audiovisual JSC by the MobiFone Telecommunications Corporation.

VN needs to simplify Property Laws for Foreigners

Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Vietnam News Agency
Hanoi, Dec 5 (VNS/VNA) - Vietnam's real estate market must solve many difficulties to increase the number of foreigners buying property in the country, experts said.

SC issues Designations in Senate, House Poll Tribunals

Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 5 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday announced the designation of chairpersons and members of the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) and the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET).

SC affirms junking of Tax Raps vs Mikey Arroyo

Date: 05 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency
MANILA, Dec 5 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the dismissal of tax cases filed against former party-list representative Juan Miguel M. Arroyo.

Yogananthy A/P A S Thambaiya v Idris Bin Osman

Date: 30 November 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] MYCA 406; Source: Federal Court Registry

House approves Bill on Idle Government-owned Lands Disposition

Date: 01 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8553 or the “Idle Government-Owned Lands Disposition,” which seeks to prescribe the mechanisms to facilitate the disposition of unused properties that are owned by the government for socialized housing.

Bill renaming Clark International Airport as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport passed on Second Reading

Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8549 which seeks to rename the Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

Energy Conservation Bill hurdles Second Reading

Date: 03 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives
The House of Representatives approved on second reading House Bill 8629 or the proposed "Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act" which seeks to encourage the efficient utilization of energy as well as ensure that its use will promote sustainable development.

Panut Bin Padri v Padiberas Nasional Berhad

Date: 30 November 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 3085 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Cheong Meng Wah and 2 Others v My Social Network Sdn Bhd

Date: 30 November 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 3079 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Lee Lok Kan v Foodteller Sdn Bhd

Date: 29 November 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 3074 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Soundarajan A/L Subramaniam v Premium Sound Solutions Sdn Bhd

Date: 29 November 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 3067 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Raja Mohar Badiozaman Bin Raja Sukri v Taib Landscape Sdn Bhd

Date: 29 November 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 3062 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Zainurul Hisham Bin Mohd Yusoff v DHL Supply Chain (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Date: 28 November 2018; Court: Industrial Court; Citation: Award No. 3058 of 2018; Source: Industrial Court

Soh Qiu Xia Katty v Public Prosecutor

Date: 28 November 2018; Court: High Court; Citation: [2018] SGHC 260; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Criminal law - Statutory offences - Misuse of Drugs Act; Criminal Procedure and Sentencing - Sentencing

BOM v BOK and Another Appeal

Date: 29 November 2018; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: [2018] SGCA 83; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Deeds and other instruments - Deeds - Misrepresentation; Equity - Mistake - Mistake of law; Equity - Unconscionable transactions; Equity - Undue influence - Actual; Equity - Undue influence - Presumed

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DPM and Industry Minister outline SME Bank Policy

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Minister of Industry Utama Saowanayon have handed down policies to the SME Development Bank (SME Bank) focused on aiding business operators in 2019 and ...

SC, BNM working on Regulations for Digital Assets SGMA Bill regulating Islamic Banking in PHL Hurdles Final Reading VIB allowed to apply Basel II more

Cambodia frees 32 Surrogate Mothers charged with Human Trafficking

Cambodia has released 32 women who were detained while pregnant on charges of human trafficking for acting as surrogate mothers for Chinese couples, a government official said on Thursday.

Two escape Gallows over Drugs after Court flags Inconsistencies Ex-DavOr exec, Five 'Ghost Employees' face Jail Term for Graft raps Party disciplines Two Former Government Officials more

Workers get Additional Pay on December 8

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said workers who will report to work on Saturday, December 8, a special non-working day as the country observes the Feast of the Immaculate Co ...

Review to shorten 21-Day SOP to probe Sexual Harassment Cases EPF to align Monthly Contribution with New Minimum Wages Order PTPTN loans: Employers have no right to deduct staff salaries more

Conference reviews Implementation of Anti-Domestic Violence Law in 10 Years

HANOI, Nov 29 (VNA) - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism reviewed the 10-year enforcement of the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control at a conference in Hanoi on November 28.

Women’s Law set for Enactment Next Year BUN and Another v BUP BOR v BOS and Another Appeal more

MAVCOM fines AirAsia, AirAsia x for advertising misleading Ticket Prices

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has imposed a financial penalty on AirAsia Bhd and AirAsia X Bhd, amounting to RM160,000 each, for advertising misleading air ticket prices.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Assignment of Function) Notification 2018 PH, Switzerland sign New Air Services Deal Malaysia, Indonesia achieve Breakthrough in Territorial Disputes more

Lawyer who tried to abuse PIC Scheme Struck off the Rolls

A lawyer who gave false information to tax authorities in a bid to cheat the Government into giving him a payout under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme was struck off the rolls.

Liposuction Death: Docs told to pay $756k Legal Bill Wong Meng Hang v Singapore Medical Council and Other Matters Kenneth R Mariano v Atty Jose N Laki more

Foreign Cars should be barred from leaving Country before settling Summonses

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 (Bernama) - Senator Datuk Rabiah Ali has proposed that vehicles from Singapore with outstanding summonses should be barred from leaving the country until they settled the amount owed.

Ho Soo Fong v Revitech Pte Ltd CJ proposes 20- Minute Time limit for Lawyers to submit in Court of Appeal, Federal Court Fixed Legal Fees off the Table for now more

VN needs to simplify Property Laws for Foreigners

Hanoi, Dec 5 (VNS/VNA) - Vietnam's real estate market must solve many difficulties to increase the number of foreigners buying property in the country, experts said.

House approves Bill on Idle Government-owned Lands Disposition Highpoint Development Corporation v Republic of the Philippines John Cary Tumagan and 2 Others v Mariam K Kairuz more

Tax Incentive seeks to help Rubber Farmers

BANGKOK, Dec 5 (NNT) - The government's tax break on shopping to stimulate end-of-year spending benefits small entrepreneurs as well as farmers affected by the Para rubber price drop, according to a revenue department of ...

SC affirms junking of Tax Raps vs Mikey Arroyo SC affirms BIR's Higher Tax Rates on Non-life Insurers Finance Ministry to reimburse VAT Payments during Chinese New Year more

New Act to ensure Information obtained from credible, valid Sources - Hanipa

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 (Bernama) - The country needs the Freedom of Information Act to ensure that the information disseminated to the public are from credible and valid sources, the Dewan Negara was told today. Deputy ...

CA asks NTC to comment on Third Telco Bidding Printing Presses and Publications (Control of Undesirable Publications) (No. 5) Order 2018 Call for Legislation to curb Fake News on Social Media more

Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.

Govt to draft Social Harmony Act after Study - Dr Md Farid Law change ‘welcomed’ by Kem Sokha as it goes for Review SC issues Designations in Senate, House Poll Tribunals more

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 v ...

Woman receives Nine Months’ Jail for Theft from Residence Brothers jailed for trespassing, mischief more

Cambodia frees 32 Surrogate Mothers charged with Human Trafficking

Cambodia has released 32 women who were detained while pregnant on charges of human trafficking for acting as surrogate mothers for Chinese couples, a government official said on Thursday.

Law change ‘welcomed’ by Kem Sokha as it goes for Review King hails Progress on Disability Rights Government proposes Law to allow the banned back in Politics more

Supreme Court suspends Judge over alleged Graft Case

Jakarta, Dec 8 (ANTARA News) - The Supreme Court has decided to temporarily suspend a Semarang district court judge after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named him a suspect in a graft case.

Law and Regulations need Periodical Evaluation: Expert Indonesia, USA strengthen Cooperation in combating Transnational Cyber Crimes Yeni R Harahap DKK v Direksi PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk DKK more

NA members ask Court, Prosecutor to strive harder for Justice

Members of the National Assembly (NA) have called for the People’s Supreme Prosecutor and People’s Supreme Court to work harder to ensure full justice in society.

Everyone must be Equal under the Law: Civil Code Drafters propose NA approves Government reshuffle Laos Government to pay Compensation to Families displaced by Railway more

Najib, Irwan's trial on RM6.6 Billion CBT Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 (Bernama) - The trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, who are facing six counts of Criminal Breach of Tru ...

Review to shorten 21-Day SOP to probe Sexual Harassment Cases Govt to draft Social Harmony Act after Study - Dr Md Farid SC, BNM working on Regulations for Digital Assets more

Employers encouraged to embrace Disability Inclusion

There is a business case for hiring and supporting disabled employees, and companies can now do so with the help of a guidebook.

Women’s Law set for Enactment Next Year Eights Shops fined for using banned Dyes in Mandalay Ministry sues Job Agency for Licence Breach more

Go hails Silay City for Fair implementation of Law

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday commended Silay City for its fair implementation of laws and ordinances even if it resulted in th ...

JBC opens Application for SC, LEB Vacancies Workers get Additional Pay on December 8 Ex-DavOr exec, Five 'Ghost Employees' face Jail Term for Graft raps more

Two escape Gallows over Drugs after Court flags Inconsistencies

Two men, originally sentenced to hang for heroin trafficking, were cleared yesterday after a split decision by the Court of Appeal, with two of the three judges pointing to inconsistencies in how the seized drugs were ha ...

Soh Qiu Xia Katty v Public Prosecutor BOM v BOK and Another Appeal Lim Sze Eng v Lin Choo Mee more

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.

New e-Payment Taxation to facilitate Online Retailers: RD DPM and Industry Minister outline SME Bank Policy Tax Incentive seeks to help Rubber Farmers more
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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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New e-Payment Taxation to facilitate Online Retailers: RD

BANGKOK, Dec 7 (NNT) - The new e-payment taxation is designed to support the growth of electronic transactions and to help online retailers pay the tax more conveniently, said Revenue Department's (RD) Spokesman Pinsai Suraswadi.

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Education minister stresses the Importance of “Rule of Law”

BANGKOK, Dec 8 (NNT) - Education Minister Teerakiat Jareonsettasin has attended a conference with education related officials, stressing the importance of the “rule of law” when introducing policies.

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Go hails Silay City for Fair implementation of Law

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday commended Silay City for its fair implementation of laws and ordinances even if it resulted in the removal of a tarpaulin bearing his name at the city plaza.

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JBC opens Application for SC, LEB Vacancies

MANILA, Dec 7 (PNA) - The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday opened the application for the vacancy in the 15-man Supreme Court (SC).

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Supreme Court suspends Judge over alleged Graft Case

Jakarta, Dec 8 (ANTARA News) - The Supreme Court has decided to temporarily suspend a Semarang district court judge after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named him a suspect in a graft case.

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ASEAN to create Joint Regulation on OTT Company

Ubud, Bali,  Dec 7 (ANTARA News) - The 2018 ASEAN Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) taking place in Ubud, Bali on December 3-6 has agreed on several issues. One of which is how ASEAN acts to over-the-top (OTT) companies.

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NA members ask Court, Prosecutor to strive harder for Justice

Members of the National Assembly (NA) have called for the People’s Supreme Prosecutor and People’s Supreme Court to work harder to ensure full justice in society.

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Najib, Irwan's trial on RM6.6 Billion CBT Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 7 (Bernama) - The trial of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, who are facing six counts of Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) involving RM6.6 billion, has been transferred to the High Court.

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Need for effective framework in ASEAN to fight Cybercrimes - Gobind

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 6 (Bernama) - Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has stressed the need to set up an effective framework at the ASEAN level which can act as a body capable of taking action should there be threats or cybercrimes that transcend the borders of a country.

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GSIS releases Christmas Cash Gift to Pensioners

MANILA, Dec 6 (PNA) - In the spirit of the Yuletide season, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has started releasing the Christmas cash gift of its old-age and disability pensioners, currently numbering 280,000. The cash gift has been deposited to the pensioners’ eCards beginning December 1.

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Corporate Tax Reform to create 1.4-M Jobs in 10 Years

MANILA, Dec 6 (PNA) - The Duterte administration’s tax reform package that aims to lower the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and overhaul the country's "convoluted" fiscal incentives system is projected to generate some 1.4 million jobs, mostly in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), over the next decade and create a business environment conducive to inclusive growth, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

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Indonesia wants joint ASEAN Cybersecurity Regulation

Ubud, Bali, Dec 6 (ANTARA News) - Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara assessed that ASEAN cybersecurity was among important issues to be discussed at the Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and ASEAN Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN).

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Indonesian hosts ASEAN Telecommunication Ministerial Meeting

Ubud, Bali, Dec 6 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is hosting the 19th Telecommunications and Information Technology Senior Officials Meeting (TELSOM) and the 18th ASEAN Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministers Meeting (TELMIN) in Ubud, Bali.

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Malaysia's ePassport recognised as Regional ID Document of the Year

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Dec (Bernama) - The Malaysian Immigration Department received the 2018 Regional ID Document of the Year Award, an acknowledgement for its innovative and class leading Malaysian ePassport.

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Malaysia's first Geothermal Power Plant approval Withdrawn

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 6 (Bernama) - Parliament was informed today that the approval given to Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd to build the country’s first geothermal power plant was cancelled on Aug 29 by the government.

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