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Government to regulate e-Hailing Service effective July 12 - Loke

PUTRAJAYA, July 11 (Bernama) - Effective tomorrow, e-hailing service providers will be regulated by the government under the Land Public Transport (Amendment) Act 2017 and the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (Amendment) Act 2017. Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said starting tomorrow all e-hailing companies must register with the ...
Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House to propose Amendments to Charter sans Senate

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Wednesday the House of Representatives can still propose amendments to the Constitution even without the participation of the Senate. Alvarez made the remark in response to Senate President Vicente Sotto's statement that Charter change (Cha-cha) is not included in the priority legislation ...
Date: 11 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Underaged Marriages in Selangor must have Syariah Judge's consent - MAIS

SHAH ALAM, July 10 (Bernama) - Underaged marriages in Selangor can only be performed with the written consent and approval of the syariah judge in the state. Chairman of the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi said Selangor had fixed the minimum age for marriage for men at 18 years while for women, it is 16 ...
Date: 10 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

There are Special Circumstances to grant Interim Stay to Loob Holding, says Dissenting Judge

PUTRAJAYA, June 9 (Bernama) - There are special circumstances to grant an interim stay to Tealive bubble tea brand owner Loob Holding Sdn Bhd against the injunction order pending hearing of its leave to appeal application at the Federal Court, said Court of Appeal judge Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang who dissented. In her seven-page dissenting judgme ...
Date: 09 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Small Law Firms in Malaysia can now practise as a Group

With the coming into operation of the Legal Profession (Group Law Practice) Rules 2018 on 30 June 2018, small law firms in Malaysia can practise and operate as a group by sharing premises and facilities while remaining as separate entities. The Rules, a Bar Council initiative through its Small Firm Practice Committee, were gazetted on 25 June 2018.
Date: 09 July 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Asean LIP Reporter

Reelection Prohibition violates Democratic Principles: ConCom

MANILA, July 8 (PNA) - All incumbent elected officials, not just President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who can no longer run in 2022 because of term limits, may be able to seek another term in 2022, the Consultative Committee (Concom) tasked to draft the proposed new charter said Sunday. ConCom senior technical assistant and spokesperson Ding Generoso ...
Date: 08 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Appeals Court upholds Decision that Police Officer's Dismissal was unlawful

PUTRAJAYA, July 5 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today upheld a High Court decision that the dismissal of a police chief inspector from the police force three years ago for disciplinary misconduct was unlawful. A three-man bench chaired by Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid said there was no appealable error by the High Court judge and she affirme ...
Date: 05 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

SC affirms Withholding Tax on Government Workers’ Bonuses, Fringe Benefits

MANILA, July 4 (PNA) - The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed the regulations issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stating that fringe and small value benefits received by government workers are subject to withholding tax. In a media briefer released by the SC Public Information Office on Wednesday, the High Court junked the petition filed ...
Date: 04 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Concom approves Draft Federal Constitution

MANILA, July 3 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte's Consultative Committee (Concom) tasked to draft a Federal Constitution on Tuesday approved in an en banc session the entire proposal which seeks to distribute powers and resources among regions. The 22-member Concom held an executive session and later voted to unanimously approve the draft ...
Date: 03 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Concom finalizes Powers, Structure under Draft Federal Constitution

MANILA, July 2 (PNA) - The Consultative Committee (Concom) tasked by President Rodrigo R. Duterte to draft a federal Constitution has finalized the most difficult part of the draft, namely the distribution of powers between the federal and regional governments and the structure of the federated regions. Concom senior technical assistant and sp ...
Date: 02 July 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Acts amended to give Spouse Socso Coverage

KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 (Bernama) - Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran has approved the extension of social security protection to the spouse termed 'employee' in a husband-wife business. Amendments to the Employees' Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4) and Employment Insurance System Act (Act 800) have been recorded in the Government Gazette an ...
Date: 29 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Appeals Court struck out Rafizi's Appeal on Bafia Constitutional Challenge

PUTRAJAYA, June 28 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today struck out an appeal by PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli against the High Court's dismissal of his reference to challenge the constitutionality of the Banking and Financial Institution Act 1989 (Bafia) under which he was charged. This was after deputy public prosecutor Jasmee Hameeza ...
Date: 28 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bar Council Law to be amended to represent Lawyers

Yangon, June 27 (MMT) - Amendments will be made to the Bar Council Law of 1989 so it would represent the interests of lawyers, a senior official of the Union Attorney General’s Office has told The Myanmar Times. Members of the high court lawyers association, which was formed under the Bar Council, will hold its regular meeting in Ju ...
Date: 27 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

CEZA crafting Rules to safeguard Cryptocurrency Investors

MANILA, June 26 (PNA) - Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Raul Lambino said the investment promotion agency (IPA) is in the process of crafting regulations that will protect those investing in cryptocurrency. CEZA is eyeing to become a hub for financial technology (fintech) investments. In a ...
Date: 26 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Anwar withdraws Applications over Right to Vote Lawsuit

PUTRAJAYA, June 25 (Bernama) - PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today withdrew his review and leave to appeal applications over his lawsuit for a declaration on his right to vote in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election in 2015. His counsel, Shahid Adli Kamarudin, told reporters today that the notice of discontinuance of the ...
Date: 25 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Petronas denied Leave over Legal Challenge against Sarawak Government

PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today dismissed an application from Petroliam National Berhad (Petronas) for leave to commence a legal challenge against the Sarawak government move to take over the regulatory control of the state's oil and gas exploration and mining activities. Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, who w ...
Date: 22 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Duterte signs Mental Health Law

MANILA, June 21 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed Republic Act No. 11036 or the Philippine Mental Health Law that aims to enhance the delivery of integrated mental health services in the country. The 36-page new law, which was signed by Duterte on June 20, will also promote and protect the rights of persons using psychiatric, neu ...
Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Cabinet approves Tax Incentives for Research Investment by MNCs

BANGKOK, June 20 (NNT) - The Cabinet has approved tax incentives for multi-national corporations’ investment in research and development to promote innovations and technology in Thailand. The spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office, Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkumnerd said on Tuesday that the weekly Cabinet meeting approved in principle ...
Date: 20 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

SC upholds ouster of Sereno

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld its decision granting the quo warranto petition which ousted Ma. Lourdes Sereno from the Chief Justice post. This was announced by SC Spokesman Theodore Te in a press briefing after the High Court's en banc session. Te said the High Court denied with finality the motion for recon ...
Date: 19 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

DOJ voids BI Leave Order vs Fox

MANILA, June 18 (PNA) - Australian nun Sr. Patricia Fox will remain in the country as the Department of Justice (DOJ) granted her appeal to reverse the Bureau of Immigration's decision forfeiting her visa and ordering her to leave the country. In a statement Monday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra granted Fox’s motion for reconsiderat ...
Date: 18 June 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

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Legal 'Stalwart' Senior Counsel Jeffrey Chan retires after 45 Years

Jeffrey Chan, the longest-serving legal service officer have retired as a principal senior consultant at the Attorney-General's Chambers last week after completing 45 years of service.

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350 Major Firms to act as Mentors for SMEs under DIP's Campaign

BANGKOK, 11 July 2018 (NNT) - Some 350 major firms have agreed to perform as mentors for Thai SMEs under the Department of Industrial Promotion's (DIP) campaign and to introduce some 20,000 SMEs in international markets.

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Comelec Lawyers to handle Poll Body’s Defense in VP Recount Case

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The law department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will take charge of the poll body's defense in the ongoing electoral protest case for the May 2016 vice presidential race at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

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Judges Group endorses Marquez for SC Post

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Philippine Judges Association (PJA) expressed its support for the nomination of Court Administrator Midas Marquez as Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice.

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SEC sets up Online Kiosks for Business Registration

MANILA, July 12 (PNA) - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday announced the availability of on-line kiosks that allow faster and trouble-free registration of new corporations, partnerships and associations, to enhance ease of doing business in the country.

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President Jokowi to familiarize Public with PPPh Policy for MSMEs

Jakarta, July 12 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo will disseminate information on a policy in which the Final Income Tax (PPh) for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) is set at 0.5 percent during the 71st National Cooperatives Day 2018.

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New Chief Justice proposes Panel of Nine Judges in Constitutional Cases

PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) - The new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, has proposed that court cases involving constitutional issues be heard by a panel of nine judges of the Federal Court including the top four judges.

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Government to follow Rule of Law in Zakir Naik's Case - Gobind Singh

SHAH ALAM, July 12 (Bernama) - The government will act accordingly and by always applying the 'follow the rule of law' policy in any case and not only with regard to the controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

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New Chief Justice proposes Balloting Selection of Federal Court Judges Panel

PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) - The new Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, has proposed selection by balloting of the panel of Federal Court judges to hear cases in the Federal Court.

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ASEAN should relook Policies in Transformative Digital Economy

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) - ASEAN needs to relook at its various policy initiatives, including trade and investment policies, in response to the transformative digital economy, said CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI).

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Bank Negara Malaysia maintains OPR at 3.25 per cent

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has maintained the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) at 3.25 per cent after the two-day Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting which ended today.

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Richard Malanjum is the new Chief Justice

Richard Malanjum is the new Chief Justice

Kuala Lumpur, 11 July 2018 (Asean LIP News): Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum has sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Malaysia. He replaces Tun Md Raus Sharif as the top judge of Malaysia. Richard Malanjum was the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak. He was elevated to the Federal Court in June 2005 and was appointed as the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak in 2006.

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Pioneer Batch of 24 Lawyers receive Professional Certification in Building and Construction Law

24 lawyers have received professional certification in building and construction law from the Singapore Academy of Law under the ' Specialist Accreditation Scheme'.

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DOLE warns PLDT: Regularize 7K Workers or face Sanctions

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warned anew telecommunications firm Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) to comply with its order on the regularization of more than 7,000 workers from its contractors.

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Four New DOJ Officials named

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday confirmed that Malacañang has appointed three new undersecretaries and one assistant secretary to the agency.

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House receives ConCom's Draft Federal Charter

MANILA, July 11 (PNA) - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday formally received the draft federal constitution prepared by the 22-member Consultative Committee (ConCom) on Charter Change.

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Indonesia promotes Strategic Industries in Central, South America

Jakarta, July 10 (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs promoted Indonesia's strategic industry in Central and South American countries to encourage penetration into non-traditional markets.

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Thai Court to rule in Defamation Trial of 14 Myanmar Workers

A court in Bangkok is to rule today on 14 Myanmar migrant workers who have been charged with defaming their employer after accusing the company of serious labour rights violations.

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