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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.
Date: 19 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Woman fined for abandoning Five Cats

53-year-old Suriati Misran was fined $2000 in court for pet abandonment. In March 2017, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) was alerted to a case of five cats found abandoned at the void deck of Blk 180A Rivervale Crescent. Suriati’s son was identified via the lift’s CCTV footage, which showed him carrying the c ...
Date: 11 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Singapore ratifies the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption

Singapore has ratified the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption (AFAVE). The Instrument of Ratification was deposited with the ASEAN Secretary-General by Singapore’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Ambassador Tan Hung Seng, on 13 April 2018. The ratification of the AFAVE reaffirms Singapore’s commitment to facilitate secure an ...
Date: 13 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Woman fined for Breach of Pet Farm Licensing Conditions and Dog Licensing Conditions

42-year-old Choo Pui Lee, a licensee of Pretty Pets Kennel, was fined $8,500 by the court for breaching the pet farm licensing conditions and keeping dogs without license.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Woman sentenced to Jail and fined for Animal Cruelty

In February 2016, Chng Leng Khim was sentenced to 10 days’ imprisonment for animal cruelty. She was also fined $3,100 for failing to comply with order to assist in investigation and for failing to license her pet dogs. After Chng appealed, the High Court set aside her plea of guilt and sent the case for a re-trial.
Date: 04 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Amendments to the Immigration Act to take effect from First April 2018

The amendments to the Immigration Act, which were passed in Parliament on 8 January 2018, will take effect from 1 April 2018. These amendments will strengthen the security of our checkpoints.
Date: 29 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Man fined for Breach of Pet Shop Licensing Conditions and Failure in Duty of Care

Mar 21 - 25-year-old Aw Ying Liang was fined $31,000 by the court today for breach of the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority's (AVA) pet shop licensing conditions and failure in duty of care. Aw was also issued a two-month disqualification order from operating any animal-related business.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

First Reading of the Vulnerable Adults Bill

The Vulnerable Adults (VA) Bill was introduced in Parliament today for first reading.
Date: 27 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development

Deprivation of Singapore Citizenship for a 58 Year-Old Naturalized Singapore Citizen

Mick Davies (Davies), a 58-year-old naturalised Singapore Citizen of PRC origin, was served a Notice of Proposed Deprivation of Citizenship on 5 March 2018, under Article 133(1) of the Constitution ("Notice of Proposed Deprivation").
Date: 05 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

New Massage Establishments Act and related changes to Regulatory Requirements to come into force on 1 March 2018

The new Massage Establishments Act (MEA) and the related changes to regulatory requirements for Massage Establishments (ME) will come into force on 1 March 2018. The new MEA will equip the Police with stronger levers to prevent vice activities and law and order problems in MEs.
Date: 28 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

HSA allows Import and Sale of Corydalis Yanhusuo Herb in Singapore from 1 June 2018

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) will allow the import and sale of Corydalis yanhusuo (延胡索) herb and Chinese Proprietary Medicines (CPM) containing the naturally occurring substance tetrahydropalmatine (THP)2 in Singapore from 1 June 2018. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners would now be able to use such products in their practice.
Date: 25 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Health Sciences Authority

Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill 2018

The Public Order and Safety (Special Powers) Bill was introduced for First Reading in Parliament today. The Bill is part of the Ministry of Home Affairs' (MHA) ongoing efforts to combat the threat of terrorism.
Date: 27 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

David James Roach's Extradition Request and Accompanying Assurance

The Singapore Government is working with UK authorities on the extradition of David James Roach to Singapore. As part of the extradition proceedings, the UK Government has requested an assurance that if Roach were to be found guilty by a Singapore Court of robbery, the sentence of corporal punishment will not be carried out.
Date: 20 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Public Consultation on Standardized Packaging and Enlarged Graphic Health Warnings for Tobacco Products

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will be holding a public consultation to seek views from the public on the proposal to introduce standardised packaging of tobacco products together with enlarged graphic health warnings (collectively, the “Standardised Packaging Proposal”) in Singapore. The public consultation will take place for six weeks, ...
Date: 05 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Health

Multi-Year Dog Licensing Scheme to provide Greater Convenience for Dog Owners

Dec 29 - With effect from 1 March 2018, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) will allow dog owners to apply for and renew the licences of their pet dogs for a period of up to three years. This revision will make dog licensing easier and more convenient.
Date: 29 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Public Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Small Claims Tribunals Act

The Ministry of Law (MinLaw) invites the public to give feedback on the proposed amendments to the Small Claims Tribunals Act (Cap 308) to enhance the Tribunals’ efficiency and effectiveness. This public consultation will run from 21 December 2017 to 11 January 2018.
Date: 21 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Law

Deprivation of Singapore Citizenship for a 43 Year-Old Naturalized Singapore Citizen

A 43-year-old naturalized Singapore citizen was served with a Notice of Proposed Deprivation of Citizenship under Article 133(1) of the Constitution on 7 Dec 2017.
Date: 07 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Man fined for breaching Pet Shop Licensing Conditions

Nov 22 - 46-year-old Lim Meng Sing, licensee of Dog Frenzy Pet Shop, was fined $6,000 in court for breaching AVA’s pet shop licensing conditions.
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority

Immigration (Amendment) Bill introduced for First Reading

The key proposed amendments to the Immigration Act (IA) will empower Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers to exercise selected Police powers at the checkpoints, and allow the collection of personal identifiers from transit passengers.
Date: 06 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Massage Establishments Bill 2017 introduced for First Reading

The Massage Establishments Bill 2017 was introduced for First Reading in Parliament today. The Massage Establishments Act (MEA) regulates massage establishments (MEs) to prevent them from being used as fronts for vice activities and causing law and order problems.
Date: 02 October 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

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CCCS clears Proposed Merger between Essilor and Luxottica

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (“CCCS”) has issued a clearance decision on the proposed merger between Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d’Optique) S.A (“Essilor”) and Luxottica Group, S.p.A. (“Luxottica”) (collectively “Parties”). CCCS has concluded that the merger, if carried into effect, will not infringe the section 54 prohibition of the Competition Act (Cap. 50B).

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House and Senate successfully hold “Sports Dual Meet 2018”

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Thursday successfully held their second congressional sports invitational tournament dubbed “Sports Dual Meet 2018” at the House Sports Complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City.

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President Joko Widodo to attend ASEAN Summit in Singapore

Jakarta Apr 20 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will attend the the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore on April 27-28, 2018.

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Police probes Facebook over Data Privacy Violation

Jakarta, Apr 19 (ANTARA News) - The National Police is currently investigating third-party applications on Facebook that have allegedly violated the data privacy of users, an official stated here on Thursday.

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Lawyer claims Trial to CBT of more than RM100,000

GEORGE TOWN, Apr 20 (Bernama) - A lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving more than RM100,000.

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IRBM confirms having issued Letters to International Schools

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 19 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) today confirmed that it had recently issued letters to the management of several international schools, here.

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Role of In-house Lawyers must evolve, says Judge

In an event that unveiled a study of local general counsel by the Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and global law firm CMS, Judge of Appeal Steven Chong has given in-house counsel several pointers on what they need to do in their evolving role.

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Passenger-Facing Cameras: encrypt Recordings and restrict Access

The new rule that allows the cab and private-hire car drivers to install infacing cameras should not threaten the passenger privacy according to customer feedback.

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Cabinet confirms Appointment of New Permanent Secretary of Finance

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - The Cabinet has officially confirmed the appointment of the new Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry.

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Thailand preparing to host 12th ASEAN Skills Competition

BANGKOK, Apr 18 (NNT) - Thailand is making preparations to host the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition, the objective of which is to urge adolescents and workers in the region to be enthusiastic about developing their skills in line with new technology.

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Government pardons nearly 8500 Prisoners, including Student Activists’ Killer

The Presidential Office announced on Tuesday that 8541 prisoners, including 51 foreigners, were released from prisons across the country.

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Tax Exemption on Mega Projects given since 1980s - Customs DG

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 19 (Bernama) - Tax exemptions have been awarded to several large projects owned by the Government since the 1980s, and the issue of waiving the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for procurement of materials and services related to the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project should not be played up, said Customs Director-General Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy.

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GST Compliance good, says Customs Department

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 18 (Bernama) - The Goods and Services Tax (GST) compliance in Malaysia is good even though there is still a need to continue to promote tax education.

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Illegal OFWs in Kuwait have until Thursday to avail of Amnesty Program

KUWAIT, Apr 18 (PNA) - Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa has announced that the Kuwaiti Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Interior has officially declared Thursday (April 19) as the last day for Filipinos to file their application for the amnesty program set to expire on April 22.

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Indonesia, Vietnam discuss Cooperation in Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

Jakarta Apr 18 (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi discussed cooperation in maritime affairs and fisheries with her Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Bihn Mihn, during the third joint commission meeting between the two countries.

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