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Duterte signs Law Strengthening PH National Museum

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill renaming the “National Museum” to “National Museum of the Philippines” and strengthening its duties and functions.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC rules in Favor of Koko Faction in PDP Leadership row

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) to recognize the group, led by Senator Koko Pimentel, as the "legitimate" officers of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

SC gives IBP More Time to resolve Row on Authority in WPS Suit

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) said on Tuesday it has given the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) until Friday this week to meet with their supposed clients who are fisherfolk who petitioned the tribunal for unspecified government action on the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

PRRD signs Philippine Innovation Act

MANILA, Jul 16 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law which would harness innovation efforts to help the poor and the marginalized and enable Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to be part of the domestic and global supply chain.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

The House approves Science and Technology Bill

Jakarta, Jul 16 (ANTARA) - The House of Representatives (DPR) passed a science and technology national system bill into law at its plenary session here on Tuesday.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

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.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Myanmar Times

Vietnamese Masseuse fined for forged Immigration Security Stamp

PETALING JAYA, Jul 16 (Bernama) - A Vietnamese masseuse was fined RM800, in default one month jail, by the Magistrate’s Court here today for a forged immigration security stamp on her passport.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

18 Voting Age: 21-Year-Old to be registered Automatically

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The automatic registration of 18-year-old citizens following the Amendment of the Federal Constitution will also cover 21-year-old youths who have not registered as voters.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Dewan Rakyat creates History Passing Constitution Amendment Bill through Bipartisanship

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat created history today by passing an amendment to the Federal Constitution with more than a two-thirds majority garnered through bipartisanship. All the 211 MPs present in the house voted for the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 that seeks to lower the voting age to 18. The Dewan Rakyat h ...
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

National Forestry Act and Wildlife Conservation Act will impose Heavier Penalties

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (Bernama) - The law on wildlife conservation needs to impose stern penalties on poachers and wildlife trafficking activities to protect the endangered species, according to the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry,
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bangladeshi fined for trespassing at KLIA2

SEPANG, Jul 16 (Bernama) - A Bangladeshi businessman was today fined RM1500, in default three months’ jail by the Magistrate’s Court here today, for trespassing onto the departure hall area at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) here last week.
Date: 16 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Law creating Office for Social Welfare Attaché for OFWs signed

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law creating the Office for Social Welfare Attache for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte signs Law imposing Heftier Fines for Sexual Harassment

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill which will impose heftier penalties for gender-based sexual harassment including catcalling and wolf-whistling in public spaces.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

PRRD signs Law granting 20% Fare Discount to Students

MANILA, Jul 15 (PNA) - Like senior citizens and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), students will now be granted a 20 percent discount on all public utility vehicles as long as they present their school IDs.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Ministry orders Registration of Social Media news Platforms

Authorities have told the administrators of social media news platforms to register their accounts or pages, or they could face legal action.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Vientiane Times

AGC rejects Fafarizam's Representation for Review of Money Laundering Charges

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 15 (Bernama) - The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has rejected a representation by UMNO legal adviser Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun for a review of money laundering charges, involving RM15 million, framed against him, the Sessions Court was told today.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Moratorium on Bangladesh Workers Could be lifted Next Month - Kulasegaran

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 15 (Bernama) - The moratorium on migrant workers from Bangladesh is expected to be lifted next month the soonest, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran said.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

State Government to legitimize Johor Jetties

BATU PAHAT, Jul 15 (Bernama) - The Johor state government plans to legitimise jetties in the state especially those operating without licences and are involved in import and export activities.
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Dewan Rakyat passes Syarie Legal Profession (Federal Territories) Bill 2019

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Bernama) - The Dewan Rakyat today passed the Syarie Legal Profession (Federal Territories) Bill 2019, aimed at establishing the Syarie Legal Profession Qualifying Board, Syariah Lawyers’ Body and the Federal Territories Syarie Lawyers Council to ensure professional practices, behaviour and code of conduct. Minister ...
Date: 15 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Two Court Workers sacked for Dishonesty, Misconduct

MANILA, Jul 12 (PNA) - The Supreme Court has ordered the dismissal of two lower court employees --a clerk of court, who took out from court a computer set containing information on drug cases; and a court sheriff, for soliciting money from a complainant.
Date: 12 July 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippines News Agency

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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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Sugar Tax: SME Traders can file Postponement Appeal

PARIT BUNTAR, Jul 7 (Bernama) - Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) traders affected by the sugar tax on sweetened drinks which came into effect this month, can file a postponement appeal to the relevant authorities.

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Sarawak Government has not Officially responded on the RM1 Loan Offer - MOF

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 6 (Bernama) - The Sarawak state government has yet to provide any official feedback to the Federal government on the proposed loan offer, amounting to RM1 billion, which will be allocated for repairs of dilapidated schools in the state.

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Government offers Tax Incentives, grants to boost Participation in Expo 2020 Dubai

PUTRAJAYA, Jul 5 (Bernama) - The government has approved tax incentives and grants to encourage potential participating and contributing companies in the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai.

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PCC approves New Clark City Power Distribution Deal

MANILA, Jul 3 (PNA) - The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the proposed joint venture between the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the consortium of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and its Japanese partners to develop a power distribution system in New Clark City.

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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.

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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.

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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 market access and build a digital economy in Indonesia.

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CUEPAC urges Government to review Minimum Wage

KUALA TERENGGANU, Jun 30 (Bernama) - The Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) has urged the government to review the minimum wage in an effort to reduce the people’s cost of living.

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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).

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