Friday, 23 June 2017

Greetings : Selamat Hari Raya 2017

Greetings : Selamat Hari Raya 2017

Selamat Hari Raya 2017 : Have a Safe Trip !
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Also Upcoming Event :
Budget 2018

27th & 28th November 2017
(2nd Session)

BUDGET 2018 is due to be announced on 27 October 2017.
With the speculation of General Election this year, lots of us will likely to be impacted by many of the major updates on Income Tax, RPGT and GST.
In addition, with the speculation of the scope of GST being strengthened Budget 2018 will surely fill up the various gap created by these THREE areas, i.e. changes from Income TaxRPGT as well as GST (a.k.a. TRIO of Taxation). 
As usual, our 2-Days Budget 2018 will stand out due to the extensive Tax Planning and the Complete and Extensive Updates needed for your 2017 and 2018 Tax Fillings

The 1st session on 2.11.2017 & 3.11.2017 is sold out.
Click here to find out more about the 2nd session.
Be the first to grab the Very Early Bird* Price NOW !
( Save up to RM 800 Per Pax or up to RM 1,200 when sign up in group)

*First-come, First-served only. Until 7.7.2017
Upcoming Event :
Company Law 2016

20th September 2017

Craft Your Company Law and Tax Planning with Dr Choong! 
Understand Companies Act 2016 inside out

Solid know-how on substantial changes in Company Law together with Tax Planning is the main focus for "Company Law 2016" seminar. Company Law is known to be the "backbone" in doing business. Changes in Company Law especially with such magnitude has substantial impact on how we set up and operate our businesses.

Since the implementation of Companies Act 2016 this year, it has come to a point where businesses have to start having a serious understanding into what is coming your way. Ample time is needed to take into account the changes and plan for your taxes.

Please share with those that you who needs this.

Dr Choong Kwai Fatt will reveal the available Tax Planning opportunities and area of caution in relation to implementation of Companies Act 2016.

Sign up now to attend
7th session (20.9.2017) for the Early Bird* rate.

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*First-come, First-served only. Until 25.8.2017
In House Training Series :

These 2 days Efficiency Enhancement Programme™ series will focus on the importance of enhancing the efficiency by looking into employee's soft skills.

Being occupied by day-to-day communication and daily workload, these essential soft skills have been overlooked and under nurtured. The objective of these two days in-house training is to cultivate these missing essential skills.

Contact us now to schedule a slot for this EEP™ session to enhance the level of services within your organisation !

Contact us to find out more.

We wish you a Selamat Hari Raya 2017 ! Have a Safe Trip !

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Janet Jang
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Malaysia-Read Legal Craft and Such (Issue 5)

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Asean Law Alert

Asean Law Alert

Asean Law Alert by Asean LIP
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Guard gets 20 Months' Jail for causing Hurt to Man
PETALING JAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - An elderly security guard at a condominium here was sentenced to 20 months' jail by the Magistrate's Court here today for causing injury to a man using a glass bottle last week.
Court reduces Duo's Jail Term over Contributions to Daesh
PUTRAJAYA, June 22 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today reduced the jail sentences of two men from 15 years to 10 years for soliciting contributions for the benefit of the Daesh militant group.
Court strikes out Jamal's Suit against Selangor Government
KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 (Bernama) - The Sessions Court here today struck out a suit filed by Sungai Besar UMNO division leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos against the Selangor government and two others over a seal order and demolition of part of his resort in Sekinchan last year.
Strategic Trade (Amendment) Act 2017
An Act to amend the Strategic Trade Act 2010.
Courts (Modes of Commencement of Civil Actions) Act 2017
An Act to provide for the treatment of modes of commencement in pending civil actions and standardisation of modes of commencement of civil actions.
Sein Htay v Pendakwa Raya (Malay)
Date: 20 Jun 2017; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: Criminal Appeal No. J-05(M)-198-06/2016; Source: Federal Court Registry
Anthony Lawrence Bourke and Another v CIMB Bank Berhad
Date: 17 May 2017; Court: Court of Appeal; Citation: Civil Appeal No. W-02-(NCC)(W)-1345-07/2016; Source: Federal Court Registry
A UM-MKMS Access to Law Initiative supported by the Asean Legal Community.

Malaysia-Press Release | Probe Grave Allegations by the US Department of Justice Exhaustively and Without Delay

Press Release | Probe Grave Allegations by the US Department of Justice Exhaustively and Without Delay


Press Release
Probe Grave Allegations by the US Department of Justice Exhaustively and Without Delay
The Malaysian Bar is deeply concerned about the serious allegations set out in the civil suit filed by the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") on 15 June 2017, which seeks "the forfeiture and recovery of approximately [USD]540 million in assets associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund".  
According to the DOJ, this case — together with the civil forfeiture complaints filed by the DOJ on 20 July 2016 seeking more than USD1 billion, and on 7 June 2017 seeking approximately USD100 million in assets — represents the largest action ever brought under its Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.  The assets now subject to forfeiture total almost USD1.7 billion.
The allegations contained in the DOJ's court filings implicate officials of 1Malaysia Development Berhad ("1MDB"), their family members and other associates — including an individual described as "MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1", who has since been acknowledged to be the Prime Minister — of wrongdoing.  In view of the gravity of the claims, the manner in which the civil suits have been downplayed, dismissed, and even denounced by Malaysian authorities, without addressing the substance of the allegations made, is troubling and unacceptable.
Although the allegations are not proven until judgment is awarded in favour of the United States of America, it is critical that they be investigated by the Malaysian Government comprehensively and objectively based on evidence, in the interest of transparency, accountability and good governance. Without having done so, it is premature for the Government to disregard these allegations, or exonerate any individual or company of any wrongdoing.   
Local news coverage of these civil suits has appeared muted, which is troubling, given the severity of the allegations.  The integrity and credibility of our financial institutions and regulatory bodies, in the eyes of the nation as well as the global audience, rest on the Malaysian Government's response.
We are heartened by the statement in April 2017 by the Attorney General of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato' Sri Haji Mohamed Apandi Haji Ali, that he had never ordered that the investigation into 1MDB be stopped, and that "no files are closed permanently when we say NFA (no further action), even the 1MDB file".  In light of the new information disclosed by the DOJ's latest civil suit, the Attorney General must, as the prudent and necessary next step, direct the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to resume its investigations into 1MDB. 
The Malaysian Bar further urges the Attorney General to seek, without delay, assistance from the DOJ to provide all information relevant for investigations into the matter.  The same should be done in respect of the relevant authorities in numerous other jurisdictions where there have been investigations, measures imposed, criminal prosecutions and convictions, or proceedings for forfeiture of assets, against individuals or financial institutions.

George Varughese
Malaysian Bar
23 June 2017

Malaysia-Arahan Pertukaran Yang Arif Hakim dan Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mahkamah Tinggi Bil 5/2017

Arahan Pertukaran Yang Arif Hakim dan Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mahkamah Tinggi Bil 5/2017

Circular No 130/2017
Dated 23 June 2017
To Members of the Malaysian Bar
Arahan Pertukaran Yang Arif Hakim dan Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mahkamah Tinggi Bil 5/2017
The Chief Judge of Malaya, Tan Sri Datuk Wira Ahmad b Hj Maarop, has extended to us a copy of Arahan Pertukaran Yang Arif Hakim dan Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mahkamah Tinggi Bil 5/2017 ("Arahan Pertukaran Bil 5/2017"), dated 6 June 2017, regarding the transfer of three High Court Judges and a Judicial Commissioner.

Please be informed that the transfer will take effect on 1 July 2017 (Saturday).

The transfer of YA Dato' Indera Mohd Sofian b Tan Sri Abd Razak from the Johor Bahru High Court to the Shah Alam High Court (Criminal Division), as stated in Arahan Pertukaran Yang Arif Hakim dan Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mahkamah Tinggi Bil 4/2017 (contained in Circular No 124/2017 dated 19 June 2017), is thereby revoked. 

The relevant portion of Arahan Pertukaran Bil 5/217, which we received on 20 June 2017, is reproduced below.

Thank you.

Roger Chan Weng Keng
Malaysian Bar

Tarikh: 6 Jun 2017
Dengan segala hormatnya saya merujuk kepada perkara yang tersebut di atas dan memaklumkan bahawa pertukaran Yang Arif-Yang Arif Hakim dan Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mahkamah Tinggi berikut diluluskan dan berkuatkuasa pada 1 Julai 2017.
2.         Arahan Pertukaran Yang Arif-Yang Arif ini telah dipersetujui dan diluluskan oleh Y.A.A. Ketua Hakim Negara.
1. Y.A Dato' Indera Mohd Sofian bin Tan Sri Abd Razak Hakim
Mahkamah Tinggi
Johor Bahru
Johor Darul Takzim
Mahkamah Tinggi
(Bahagian Jenayah)
Kuala Lumpur
2. Y.A Datuk Nor Bee binti Ariffin Hakim
Mahkamah Tinggi
(Bahagian Sivil)
Kuala Lumpur
Mahkamah Tinggi
Kuala Lumpur
3. Y.A Dato' Nordin bin
Mahkamah Tinggi
(Bahagian Jenayah)
Kuala Lumpur
Mahkamah Tinggi
(Bahagian Sivil)
Kuala Lumpur
4. Y.A Dato' Hassan bin
Abdul Ghani
Mahkamah Tinggi
Pahang Darul Makmur
Mahkamah Tinggi
Pahang Darul Makmur
. . .
5.         Arahan pertukaran Y.A Dato' Indera Mohd. Sofian bin Tan Sri Abd Razak dari Mahkamah Tinggi Johor Bahru ke Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam (Bahagian Jenayah) seperti yang terkandung di dalam Arahan Pertukaran Yang Arif Hakim Dan Pesuruhjaya Kehakiman Mahkamah Tinggil Bil 4/2017 bertarikh 26 Mei 2017 adalah dengan ini dibatalkan.
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