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The Malaysian Government must uphold Provisions of International and Domestic Law

The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Malaysian Government to adhere to principles of international law, specifically the customary international law of non-refoulement, and refrain from sending 11 Uighurs reportedly in Malaysian custody back to China.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Malaysian Bar

Securities Commission Malaysia and Bursa Malaysia to implement New Measures to boost Market Vibran

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 14 - The Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) and Bursa Malaysia Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia” or the “Exchange”) today outlined the operational details of various new measures to further enhance the vibrancy and liquidity of the equity market.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bursa Malaysia

CDC: Organic Law vetting Committees don’t take Orders from NCPO

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - The Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) has denied a rumor that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has ordered the joint vetting committees to reject the last two organic bills.
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Emergency Decree extended for 3 Southernmost Provinces except Betong of Yala

BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - Thailand's Emergency Situation Commission has decided to extend the Emergency Decree in the three southern border provinces by another three months, but has removed Betong district of Yala province from the controlled area in support of economic and social development.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

No governing Law makes Digital Currency Investment risky: SEC

BANGKOK, Feb 18 (NNT) - Investment in digital cryptocurrency has high risk as there is no existing law to protect investors from possible damages, and that investors have no legal way to file complaints for compensation, says SEC.
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DOF supports House Bill calling for Tax Amnesty

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The Finance department supports House Bill 7105, which pushes for a tax amnesty program, in a bid to help the government collect taxes easily. The bill, which involves Part B of Package 1 of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, is now being deliberated on by the House Committee on Ways and Means. As ...
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Indonesia renews Commitment to end Violence against Children

London, Feb 18 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has renewed its commitment to continue to halt all forms of violence against children during an international conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on Feb 14 and 15.
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

72 Summonses issued during Chinese New Year Operations in Perlis - JPJ

KANGAR, Feb 16 (Bernama) - The Perlis Road Transport Department (JPJ) issued a total of 72 summonses for various offences in conjunction with a 2018 Chinese New Year Special Operation last night.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Proposed Secretariat to encourage Staff to vote crucial

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The proposal for employers to set up a secretariat to monitor employees going out to vote in the 14th General Election should be implemented specifically by companies with a large number of employees.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

NLA passes Legislation allowing Citizens to re-register for Social Security

BANGKOK, Feb 16 (NNT) - Citizens without social security can now re-register for coverage following National Legislative Assembly (NLA) approval of a law ensuring equal access to basic benefits. The NLA has passed legislation to do with allowing those with lapsed social security to re-register for the privilege drafted by a special committee a ...
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Illegal Migrant Workers in Sukhothai urged to obtain Legal Status

SUKHOTHAI, Feb 16 (NNT) - Many business operators in Thailand's Sukhothai province have taken their migrant workers to One Stop Service centers to obtain legal documents that allow them to continue working in Thailand.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Social Development Minister delivers Policy on Protection of Human-Trafficking Victims

NONTHABURI, Feb 16 (NNT) - The Minister of Social Development and Human Security has announced a policy designed to protect victims of human trafficking in accordance with international practice.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

DFA seeks Labor Deal with Kuwait Amid Deployment Ban

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - While certain assurances on the protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) made by the Kuwaiti government were welcomed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is considering a bilateral agreement with the Kuwaiti government to ensure the safety of OFWs in the Gulf state.
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Bill seeking Speedy OFW Repatriation Process gains Traction in House

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - A House of Representatives panel has formed a technical working group (TWG) to consolidate two bills seeking to expedite the process of repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Date: 16 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Company slapped with RM5,000 Fine for Non-Compliance of Food Hygiene Regulations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - A 'mamak' restaurant management company was fined RM5,000 by the Ampang Magistrate's Court here today, for failing to produce a record of training and vaccination certificate of its food handlers.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

DPWH undertakes Access Audit on Implementation of Accessibility Law

To ensure the safety and inclusivity of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in all places, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in partnership with other implementing agencies will conduct anew access audit on both private and public establishments.
Date: 09 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Public Works and Highways

Policy on Government’s Social Media Use undergoes Final Consultation

The public consultation on Administrative Order (AO) on Social Media Use of the Government has reached its last stop at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Auditorium, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Information and Communication Technology

TRAIN removes Oppressive Rates for Delinquent Tax Payments

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) has done away with punitive and confiscatory interest rates that encourage delinquency rather than compliance in paying the correct amount of taxes, imposing instead a more reasonable charge based on the legal interest rate for loans set by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), according to the ...
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Finance

Ex-Siquijor Governor loses Fight over Obstruction of Justice Charge

Former Siquijor Province Governor Orlando Fua, Jr. was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violation of Section 1(e) of Presidential Decree No. 1829 (Penalizing Obstruction of Apprehension and Prosecution of Criminal Offenders), for impeding the service of a search warrant upon Barangay Captain James Largo in 2010. According to the complaint, L ...
Date: 15 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Office of the Ombudsman

House oks Free Dialysis for Indigents

The House committee on health approved a substitute bill requiring government hospitals to provide free dialysis treatment to indigent patients.
Date: 14 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Central Bank of Egypt Bolster FinTech Cooperation

Singapore, 14 February 2018 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) signed an agreement to strengthen FinTech cooperation between the two countries on 6 February 2018. The Cooperation Agreement was signed at Seamless North Africa 2018 (under the patronage of the CBE), a conference focused on Payments, FinTech and eCommerce.

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Swiss Institute of Federalism ink Academic Cooperation with UP

MANILA, Feb 16 (PNA) - The University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) and the University of Fribourg’s Institute of Federalism (IFF) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for academic cooperation and exchange, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

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Commerce Ministry keen to help SMEs expand Production Bases

BANGKOK, Feb 17 (NNT) - The Ministry of Commerce will assist Thai small and medium enterprises in their endeavors to expand their production capacity to meet the demand for their goods in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, also known as the CLMV region.

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Justice Ministry campaigns for Legal Awareness among Thais

BANGKOK, Feb 15 (NNT) - A transit advertising campaign is being organized by the Ministry of Justice in various provinces to raise awareness of the law and the justice system among public members and state agencies.

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Thailand, Cambodia discuss Nationality Verification for Migrant Workers

PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 (NNT) - Thailand's Labor Minister Adul Sangsingkeo and his Cambodian counterpart Ith Samheng discussed the nationality verification for undocumented migrant workers.

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Government improves Business Service Quality to attract Foreign Investors

BANGKOK, Feb 14 (NNT) - The government is enhancing the quality of its business service to attract more foreign investors, said Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.

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Social Ministry to return Ten Thousand Migrant Workers from Malaysia

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - The Social Ministry is planning to return 10 thousand Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia this year, Sonny Manalu the social rehabilitation of human trafficking director, stated here on Wednesday.

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Indonesia re-appointed to lead IFAD Session

Jakarta, Feb 14 (ANTARA News) - Indonesia once again led the 41st session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations (IFAD), according to the Indonesian Embassy in Rome.

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Three New Judicial Commissioners of High Court appointed

Tan Puay Boon, Mavis Chionh and Ang Cheng Hock have been appointed as the Judicial Commissioners of the High Court by the President Halimah Yacob.

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Group urges DOLE: release Rules on 'Workplace Romance'

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - A group called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to issue guidelines on workplace romance policy to prevent employers from implementing oppressive management prerogatives.

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Departing Lawyer urged NLD Government to get their Acts together

ERIC Rose from Herzfeld Rubin Meyer & Rose Law Firm Limited (HRMR), the Myanmar affiliate of New York-based Herzfeld & Rubin PC (H&R), attributed his exit to the combination of government inaction, the Rakhine crisis, remaining US financial sanctions and the suspension of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA), which he alluded to as a “three-legged stool”.

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Singapore RCEP Meeting crucial, says Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The next Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting, which will be held at the ministerial level on March 2, 2018, will be a crucial one to discuss the progress of the trade deal.

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