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BNM to launch Risk Management Policy to tackle Cybercrime

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) will be launching its Risk Management in Technology policy in June this year to provide guidelines, especially for financial institutions, to combat the rise in cybercrime. CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive officer Datuk Amirudin Abdul Wahab said more than 10,000 cases of cybercr ...
Date: 19 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

New Cryptocurrency for Online Gaming

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 (Bernama) - Five Colors Technologies Ltd has announced that new cryptocurrency, Five Colors Coin (FCC), is to become e-sports money and will be listed on CoinBene with the initial exchange offering (IEO) carried out today.  
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

SC amends Guidelines to require Digital Asset Platform Operators to register

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission (SC) has added a new chapter in the Guidelines on Recognised Markets to require digital asset platform operators to be registered as a recognised market operator. In a technical briefing to the media today, the SC said the new framework is part of its efforts to promote innovation whil ...
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bursa appoints Shireen Muhiudeen as Non-Executive Chairman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 (Bernama) - Bursa Malaysia Bhd has appointed Datuk Shireen Ann Zaharah Muhiudeen as public interest director and non-executive chairman to succeed Tan Sri Amirsham A Aziz, effective March 1, 2019.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

SC reprimands, fines Deloitte RM2.2 Million on Sukuk Issuance linked to 1MDB

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has reprimanded and imposed penalties on Deloitte PLT (Deloitte) for four breaches related to the RM2.4 billion sukuk murabahah programme issued by Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (BMSB) in 2014.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC reprimands Three Auditors for Failure to meet Standards

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia’s (SC) Audit Oversight Board (AOB) has reprimanded three auditors for failure to comply with the International Standards on Auditing when auditing their respective public-listed company clients.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Order to regulate Digital Currencies, Tokens Seen as Positive

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 (Bernama) - The new order to regulate digital currencies and tokens as securities, which came into force on Jan 15 this year, is a shift in regulatory regime from both the Securities Commission (SC) and Bank Negara Malaysia, says an expert.
Date: 27 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

World Bank describes Digital Asset Law as pragmatic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 (Bernama) - The Capital Markets and Services (Prescription of Securities) (Digital Currency and Digital Token) Order 2019, which comes into force today, is a pragmatic approach by the authorities to regulate digital currencies and assets, says the World Bank. World Bank Group’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment le ...
Date: 15 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Capital Markets and Services (Prescription of Securities) (Digital Currency and Digital Token) Order 2019

This Order comes into operation on 15 January 2019.
Date: 14 January 2019; Type: Federal Subsidiary Legislation; Citation: P.U. (A) 12 of 2019; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

MoF implementing New Operational Hours at UTCs from January 22

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The Ministry of Finance (MoF) will be implementing new operational hours at the Urban Transformation Centres (UTCs) starting Jan 22 as a measure to save public expenditure.
Date: 12 January 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

Legality of Cryptocurrency still under Consideration - Khalid Samad

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 (Bernama) - The government has yet to make a final decision whether to legalise the use of cryptocurrency and digital currency in the country.
Date: 12 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Implementation of the New Format for the Registration Number of Business Entities Registered with the Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia

This is to notify that Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) will use a new format for the registration number of business entities registered with SSM starting January 2019. The new format will replace the registration numbers for business entities registered with SSM such as companies, sole proprietors, limited liability partnerships and audit ...
Date: 03 January 2019; Type: Circular; Source: Malaysian Institute of Accountants

EPF reduces Minimum Contribution for Employees above Age 60 to Four per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 7 (Bernama) - The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) today announced that employers will, from now, make a minimum statutory contribution of four per cent for employees above 60 years old against the present practice of contributing 6.0 and 6.5 per cent. Employees' share contribution, on the other hand, will now be at zero per ce ...
Date: 07 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

BNM issues Policy Document on Outsourcing

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today issued a policy document on outsourcing aimed at strengthening governance and risk management standards in managing outsourcing risk. In a statement today, BNM said the policy document is effective from Jan 1, 2019 and will be applicable to licensed banks, investment banks, Isla ...
Date: 28 December 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Policy Document on Outsourcing

This policy document sets out the scope of arrangements relevant to the outsourcing policy, and the requirements and expectations on financial institutions to maintain appropriate internal governance and outsourcing risk frameworks, including those relevant to the protection of data confidentiality. The requirements also serve to ensure the Bank&rs ...
Date: 28 December 2018; Type: Guideline; Source: Bank Negara

Finance Act 2018

An Act to amend the Income Tax Act 1967, Promotion of Investments Act 1986, Stamp Act 1949, Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976, Labuan Business Activity Tax Act 1990, Service Tax Act 2018 and Sales Tax Act 2018.
Date: 27 December 2018; Type: Federal Act; Citation: Act 812 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Supply Act 2019

An Act to apply a sum from the Consolidated Fund for the service of the year 2019 and to appropriate that sum for the service of that year.
Date: 27 December 2018; Type: Federal Amendment Act; Citation: Act A1575 of 2018; Source: AGC Federal Gazette

Guidelines for Corporate Rescue Mechanism under Division 8 Part III of the Companies Act 2016

This is to inform all accountants that the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) had issued Guidelines for Corporate Rescue Mechanism under Division 8 Part III of the Companies Act 2016 pursuant to Section 20C of the Companies Commission of Malaysia 2001 on 5 December 2018. Circular No. 102/2018
Date: 26 December 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Malaysian Institute of Accountants

The Securities Commission Introduces Enhanced Disclosure Requirements for Abridged Prospectuses and Circulars

This is to inform all accountants that the Securities Commission Malaysia released the revised Prospectus Guidelines and Equity Guidelines on 14 December 2018. The amendments are effective from 13 March 2019 onwards. Circular No. 100/2018
Date: 26 December 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Malaysian Institute of Accountants

Guidelines for Corporate Rescue Mechanism under Division 8 Part III of the Companies Act 2016

This is to inform all member firms that the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) had issued Guidelines for Corporate Rescue Mechanism under Division 8 Part III of the Companies Act 2016 pursuant to Section 20C of the Companies Commission of Malaysia 2001 on 5 December 2018. Circular No. MF24/2018
Date: 21 December 2018; Type: Circular; Source: Malaysian Institute of Accountants

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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New Policies, Incentives needed under EAC to spur Investments

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - New policies and incentives must be formulated to encourage both domestic and foreign private investments for the newly minted Economic Action Council (EAC) to achieve its aim of stimulating sustainable growth.

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SC Chairman elected Vice Chair of International Organisation of Securities Commission

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 (Bernama) - The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) chairman Datuk Syed Zaid Albar has been elected vice-chair of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) Committee.

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Economic Action Council formed

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 11 (Bernama) - The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) today announced the establishment of the Economic Action Council, which is tasked with scrutinising and making decisions regarding economic and financial affairs as well as the people's well-being.

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Najib's New Money Laundering Case transferred to High Court

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 11 (Bernama) - The case of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak involving three additional charges of money laundering to the tune of RM27 million of SRC International funds will be heard in the High Court.

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Sabah Government should Consider amending Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 - Lee Lam Thye

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10 (Bernama) - The Sabah State Government should consider amending its Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 to make the killing of fully protected animals as a strict liability offence, animal rights activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye urged.

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Malaysia ranks First in World's Best Healthcare Category

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) - Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index.

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No Cabinet reshuffle, Says Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 6 (Bernama) - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today dismissed rumours of a Cabinet reshuffle that would reportedly take place after the Chinese New Year festival, saying there was no such thing.

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