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House approves on Final Reading proposed “Rural Employment Assistance Program Act”

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading House Bill 7266, or the proposed “Rural Employment Assistance Program Act”, which aims to give temporary employment to every qualified head of family or single adult member of poor families in rural areas identified by the National Household Targeting System for ...
Date: 14 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Duterte: PH to withdraw from ICC

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared on Wednesday that the Philippines will be withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute, a United Nations (UN) treaty creating the International Criminal Court (ICC). Duterte made this declaration in a three-page statement distributed by Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador P ...
Date: 14 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

State to receive RM5 for Every RM10 of Tourism Tax Collected

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 (Bernama) - The government will increase the amount of tourism tax returned to state governments from RM1 to RM5 for every RM10 of tax collected, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the repayment of the tax would be made fairly based the percentage of tou ...
Date: 12 March 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Bernama

Jokowi speaks about Amendments of Constitution

Sentul, W Java, Mar 10 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has mentioned the fact that Indonesia had amended its 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945) four times to change the state administration system. "By amending the UUD 1945 four times, we have changed our state administration system. And The People's Consultative Assembly(MPR), which ...
Date: 10 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Antara

Government lowers Tax on Small and Medium Businesses to 0.5 percent

Jakarta, Mar 7 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government is mulling to lower the amount of tax on small and medium businesses to 0.5 percent from 1 percent as of late March 2018. "Actually, I have proposed 0.25 percent but the finance minister rejected it. If the decline is that far it will have an impact on state revenues," President Joko Wid ...
Date: 07 March 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Antara

Determination of Real Estate Tax subject to State Government Policies - JPPH

PUTRAJAYA, March 7 (Bernama) - Determining the amount of real estate tax is subject to state government policies, particularly through the State Land Rules, said Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) director-general, Nordin Daharom. Commenting on a property tax increase report in Selangor and Penang since 2008 published by a local ...
Date: 07 March 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Bernama

Special Tax Cuts, Incentives to spur Investments in less Developed Areas

KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 (Bernama) - Special tax cuts and incentives from the government are available for companies to set up their operations in the lesser developed parts of Malaysia, said Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. Mustapa said MITI and its agency for the promotion of the manufacturing and ...
Date: 06 March 2018; Type: Tax News; Source: Bernama

Senate ratifies Free Trade Accord with EFTA States

MANILA, Mar 5 (PNA) - The Senate on Monday unanimously ratified the Philippines' Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) States, paving the way for improved market access for Philippine goods and services into Europe. The FTA with the EFTA states - the Switzerland Confederation, the Kingdom of Norway, the Rep ...
Date: 05 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malaysian Bar loses Bid to have Retired Judges to hear its Lawsuit on CJ's Appointment

PUTRAJAYA, March 2 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Bar lost its bid for a special panel of retired judges to be appointed to hear its constitutional challenge on the validity of the appointment of the country's top two judges. Federal Court three-man bench led by Justice Tan Sri Hasan Lah ruled that the Federal Court did not have the power to direct ...
Date: 02 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

ASEAN-EU to meet Tomorrow on Next Steps towards FTA Resumption

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 (Bernama) - Further deliberations on the next steps towards the possible resumption of the ASEAN-EU Free Trade Agreement will take place in Singapore tomorrow. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in a statement said it would be the subject of discussion at the 16th AEM-European Union (EU) Trade Commiss ...
Date: 01 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

PH-EU Partnership, Cooperation Deal takes effect on March 1

MANILA, Feb 28 (PNA) - The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union (EU) and the Philippines will enter into force on March 1, the EU Delegation in Manila said Wednesday. In a statement, EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen welcomed the movement on the two parties' bilateral ties. "I am happy to see ...
Date: 28 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Con-Com votes to adopt Federal-Presidential Form of Government

MANILA, Feb 27 (PNA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s Consultative Committee (Con-com), which is tasked to review the 1987 Constitution, voted on Tuesday to adopt a presidential federal form government as among the constitutional revisions. A total of nine members present voted in favor of the federal-presidential system, which was propo ...
Date: 27 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Malaysia ready to sign CPTPP Pact - Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 (Bernama) - Malaysia is ready to sign the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Chile on March 8, said Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. "We have obtained Cabinet endorsement for Malaysia to sign the agreement. We are confident that signing ...
Date: 26 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Soon Curfew for Kids' Safety

Expect minor kids-free streets at night soon. The House committee on welfare of children chaired by Zamboanga del Sur Rep. Divina Grace Yu this week approved a substitute bill seeking to establish a curfew to keep minors safe and off the streets at night. The proposed “Unsafe Hours for Children” substituted House Bills 894 and 2332 ...
Date: 24 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: House of Representatives

Bill 355: High Court has Jurisdiction to hear Mohamed Tawfik's Lawsuit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 (Bernama) - The High Court today dismissed the application by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia and Dewan Rakyat Secretary Roosme Hamzah to strike out legal action brought by former Sungai Benut Member of Parliament, Mohamed Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail over PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's motion to amend the ...
Date: 22 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Tax Neutrality for Islamic Banking hurdles House Panel

MANILA, Feb 21 (PNA) - A bill seeking to organize and regulate Islamic banks in the country has hurdled committee level at the House of Representatives. The House committee on ways and means, chaired by Quirino Rep. Dakila Cua, approved an unnumbered substitute bill that seeks to expand the Islamic banking system in the Philippines. The H ...
Date: 21 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Improved Infra, eased Regulations to boost Trade, Investments in ASEAN

MANILA, Feb 18 (PNA) - Member countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) need to improve physical infrastructures and streamline regulatory processes in an effort to facilitate trade and investments in the region, according to a report from state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). In a report title ...
Date: 18 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Appeals Court strikes out Khairy's Notice of Appeal

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Court of Appeal today struck out the notice of appeal filed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in a defamation lawsuit in which he was ordered to pay RM150,000 in general damages to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. A three-man bench comprising justices Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, Puan Sri Zaleha Yusof a ...
Date: 19 February 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

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

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

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Ministries promote Workplace Safety for workers

UDON THANI, Mar 15 (NNT) - The Office of the Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSH) in Udon Thani has set up a network of ministries to promote workplace safety among Thai and migrant workers.

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Andanar: Government continues to uphold Transparency, Free Speech

MANILA, Mar 15 (PNA) - The government remains committed to the policy of transparency and opposed to state-sponsored censorship.

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BNM, SC establish Brokerage Industry DigitiZation Group

KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 (Bernama) - Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today established the Brokerage Industry Digitisation Group (BRIDGe), a joint working group between the regulators and industry to accelerate digitisation of the stockbroking industry.

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Anti-Dynasty Provisions crucial to Federalism: Ex-CJ Puno

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - Former Chief Justice and Consultative Committee (ConCom) Chairman Reynato Puno said Wednesday the anti-dynasty provisions drafted in the new Constitution are a prerequisite to federalism.

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Government Support needed to develop Digital Payment Habits in Myanmar

Government support is badly needed for the local digital payments sector to develop further, U Zaw Lin Htut, CEO of Myanmar Payment Union (MPU) told The Myanmar Times in a recent interview.

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US-ASEAN Business Council Discuss Investment Opportunities

Jakarta, Mar 14 (ANTARA News) - The US-ASEAN Business Council and President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) discussed here on Tuesday several opportunities to increase US investment in the Southeast Asian region, including Indonesia.

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CA confirms COA Commissioner, 19 AFP Officers

MANILA, Mar 14 (PNA) - The Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Roland Cafe Pondoc as Commissioner of the Commission on Audit (COA), as well as the ad interim appointments and nominations of 19 senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

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MIDA organizes Inaugural Industrial Park Forum

Selangor, 8 Mar - “Successful industrial parks can be centres of growth and innovation, support local development and contribute to the advancement of the national economy. Thus, development of industrial parks is an important issue that needs to be addressed accordingly as we step up our game to ensure Malaysia remains among the top destination for investments in the region,” said YB Dato Seri Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) at the Industrial Park Forum for Central Region held today at the Dorsett Grand Hotel, Subang Jaya, Selangor.

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MAVCOM continues Focus on Consumer Protection

KUALA LUMPUR, Mar, 13 - The Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) has released its 3rd issue of the Consumer Report, capturing data on complaints received from consumers throughout the six-month period of July - December 2017. With its emphasis on driving a consumer-oriented and robust aviation industry in Malaysia, the Report provides an in-depth look into common complaints on airlines and airports operating in the sector.

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Thailand to host ASEAN Summits Next Year

BANGKOK, Mar 12 (NNT) - The Thai government has held a meeting to prepare for the hosting of two ASEAN Summits next year.

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Lagman: Absolute Divorce Bill constitutional

MANILA, Mar 13 (PNA) - A lawmaker in the House of Representatives on Tuesday said there is no provision in the 1987 Constitution which prohibits divorce.

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Sofyan Wanandi believes Tax Incentives can boost Investment

Jakarta, Mar 13 (ANTARA News) - A business leader here on Tuesday expressed belief that tax incentives to be offered by the government in April can boost investment in the country.

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