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Drug Trafficker found to be a mere Courier, but Apex Court upholds Death Penalty

A Singaporean's death sentence was upheld by the three-judge Court of Appeal, despite the convict was found to be a mere courier, as he failed to obtain a certificate of substantive assistance from the public prosecutor.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Parliament: New Bill to better protect Minors from Exploitative Sexual Relationship

The Criminal Law Reform Bill have provisions that will better protect minors by making it an offence to engage in sexual activity with those between 16 and 18 years of age in the context of an exploitative relationship.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Suit against Dead Woman's Estate dismissed by Court

The High Court has dismissed the bid by a marine consultancy to sue the estate of its late company secretary after claiming she cheated it out of $1.6 million.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Singapore Top Court upholds order for Commerzbank to pay Long Well S$41M for breaching Agreements

The Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of High Court ordering a Commerzbank-owned unit to pay Long Well Group $41 million over a soured investment.
Date: 11 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

High Roller can now contest Casino's $10M Suit

A default $10 million judgment against an Australian-Chinese tycoon for alleged casino debts was set aside by the High Court, and allowed his appeal to enter his defence and contest the case in a court trial.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Apex Court: Yacht Dealer can keep $774K Deposit

A pre-contract deposit paid by a late Indonesian tycoon for keeping two boats off market can be kept by the yacht dealer ruled the Singapore's top court, as the former failed to buy the boats, reversing the High Court judgment to refund the money.
Date: 07 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Ex-Georgian PM's Suit to have Case Heard in Singapore Court dismissed

Former Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, who tried to have a lawsuit filed in Singapore instead of Geneva, against a Swiss bank has failed in his attempt.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

President appoints New Judicial Commissioner

The current Supreme Court registrar Mr. Vincent Hoonghas been appointed as a judicial commissioner by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister, and will serve for a year starting from April 10.
Date: 04 February 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Ex-City Harvest Leader gets 13 Months' Jail over Escape Attempt

Chew Eng Han, former City Harvest Church leader was sentenced to 13 months in jail after attempting to leave Singapore unlawfully, and will serve the term after completing his earlier sentence of three years and four months in jail for his role in the misuse of church funds.
Date: 30 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Financial Industry shares Good Data Analytics use Cases to Fight Financial Crime

SINGAPORE, Nov 29 - The Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) Industry Partnership (ACIP) launched a paper today to encourage greater adoption of Data Analytics (DA) solutions by financial institutions.
Date: 29 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

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

Bilateral Investment Treaty between Singapore and Kazakhstan to promote Stronger Economic Ties

Singapore and Kazakhstan strengthened economic ties with the exchange of a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) today. The agreement was exchanged by Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr. Koh Poh Koon and Kazakhstan Minister for Investment and Development Zhenis Kassymbek, in the presence of Prime Minister Lee Hsien L ...
Date: 21 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry

MoneySense launches New Initiatives to improve Singaporeans' Financial Health

SINGAPORE, Nov 17 - Singaporeans will be able to take better charge of their financial well-being through new initiatives rolled out today by MoneySense, Singapore’s national financial education programme.
Date: 17 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership enters into Force in December

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will enter into force on 30 December 2018, following the ratification by six Parties - Mexico, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia. Vietnam is the seventh country to ratify the CPTPP.
Date: 20 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Trade and Industry

Duplicate of MOM Website

The Ministry of Manpower has warned that there is a fake MOM website phishing for personal info - http://momgovsg.co.in. They have also urged people to use only the official MOM website at https://www.mom.gov.sg for all info and transactions on MOM matters.
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Bank Indonesia and Monetary Authority of Singapore establish US$10 Billion Bilateral Financial Arrangement

Singapore, Nov 5 - Bank Indonesia (BI) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have established a bilateral financial arrangement of USD 10 billion equivalent. The arrangement will enable the two central banks to access foreign currency liquidity from each other, if needed, to preserve monetary and financial stability.  
Date: 05 November 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Inaugural Singapore-Chongqing Financial Summit unlocks Opportunities for Regional Financial and Infrastructure Connectivity

Chongqing, Nov 2  - More than 500 government officials, financial sector professionals and corporate leaders from China and Southeast Asia attended the inaugural China (Chongqing)-Singapore Connectivity Initiative Financial Summit (Summit) in Chongqing, China, today. The Summit presented collaboration opportunities on cross-border financial an ...
Date: 02 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore

Public Consultation on proposed 'Transformation' of the Civil Justice System

The Ministry of Law ('MinLaw') has invited views and comments on the recommendations made by the Civil Justice Review Committee (the 'CJRC') and the Civil Justice Commission (the 'CJC') to address 'the need to continue reviewing and improving the system to ensure that the costs and time needed to resolve a civil disput ...
Date: 02 November 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Law Society of Singapore

MHA reviewing Exemption of Food Products containing Alcohol

The Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act (LCA) was implemented in 2015 to restrict the sale of liquor at retail outlets and consumption of liquor in public places.
Date: 25 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

SIAC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Peking University Law School

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) has announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Peking University Law School (PKU LAW).
Date: 15 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore International Arbitration Centre

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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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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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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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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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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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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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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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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