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The Implications of the Move from GST to SST
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2019

IN THIS ARTICLE, ABHILAASH SUBRAMANIAM DISCUSSES THE POTENTIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE MOVE FROM GST TO SST.   Introduction The much anticipated Sales Tax Act 2018 and the Service Tax Act 2018(commonly referred to as “SST”) was rolled out on 1 September 2018, together with their respective subsidiary legislations, to replace the previous Goods and Services Tax Act 2014 (“GST”)...

Sustainable Financing in the ASEAN Region
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2019

IN THIS ARTICLE, GOH HUI WEN LOOKS AT GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENTS IN THE ASEAN REGION. The investment scene in the ASEAN region has been undergoing a transformational change in recent years as it pivots towards a green and sustainable path of development[1]. Demand for sustainable investment opportunities in ASEAN is set to bloom within the next two decades, with the investment opportunity estimated to be worth a whopping USD3 trillion from 2016 to 2030[2]...

Enhancing Investor Protection via Framework for Registration of Trustees and Issuing Houses
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2019

In this article, Tan Wei Xian analyses the new guidelines on registration and conduct of trustees and issuing houses...

Discretion of the Minister: To Exercise or Otherwise
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2019

IN THIS ARTICLE, BENEDICT NGOH TI YANG EXAMINES THE POWERS OF AUTOMATIC REFERRALS OF THE MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCES UNDER SECTION 20 OF THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ACT 1967.   Introduction A workman[1] who is dismissed may seek recourse at the Industrial Court against the employer. The power to refer the workman’s claim to the Industrial Court lies with the Minister of Human Resources of Malaysia (“Minister”)...

Can the Defence of Qualified Privilege be Invoked without Verification of Information Relied On?
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2019

To raise the Reynolds privilege established in the landmark English House of Lords decision in Reynolds v Times Newspaper Ltd[1] in a defamation claim, a defendant is required to establish that the matter was one of public interest and that the defendant practised “responsible journalism” in publishing the impugned words...

Are Prayer Outfits Eligible for Copyright Protection?
Shearn Delamore & Co., January 2019

Some may be wondering what a “telekung” is as it is probably not a common term. A Telekung is a Muslim prayer outfit for females. The general perception of prayer outfits is that they are dull and unfashionable as they have to be modest rather than trendy. However, there has been a drastic shift in the fashion industry in recent years where there are an increasing number of fashionable yet modest clothes in both local and international markets...

The Battle Between The Taxi Industry and The e-Hailing Operators
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2018

The introduction of the e-hailing system had changed the landscape of public transport in Malaysia and, at the same time, intensified the competition in the taxi industry. Whilst the taxi industry was subject to specific regulatory requirements there was previously no express law to regulate the operation of the e-hailing system...

Breach of Natural Justice Under the Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication - Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2018

The Construction Industry Payment and Adjudication Act 2012 (“Act”) was introduced to address cash flow issues affecting contractors in the construction industry as a result of delays and/or lengthy periods of payment under construction contracts. Under the Act, an unpaid party [1] is entitled to initiate an adjudication proceeding in order to claim any amounts due and/or owing to them under a construction contract...

Inland Revenue Board Issues Updated Tax Investigation Framework in 2018 - Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2018

  “Tax investigation” entails an examination of a taxpayer’s business books, records, and documents as well as his personal documents to ensure that the correct amount of income is reported and tax is calculated as well as paid by the taxpayer...

The Importance of Registering A Franchise With the Registrar of Franchises - Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2018

This case highlights the importance of registering a franchise with the Registrar of Franchises and the consequences of not doing so. In particular, the effect and applicability of section 6(1) of the Franchise Act 1998 (“FA 1998”) are discussed. Facts The subject matter was “Dr. Fong’s Method” of teaching mathematics to students in primary and secondary school, which was developed by Dr. Fong Ho Kheong (“Dr. Fong”). Dr...

The Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (Amendment) Act 2017 - Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., November 2018

The Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (Amendment) Act 2017 “Amendment Act”. The Act amended the Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents Act 1981 “Principal Act”.  The Amendment Act Prior to coming into force of the Amendment Act, only a registered valuer, appraiser or estate agent duly authorized by the Board of Valuers, Appraisers and Estate Agents (as it was then known) was permitted to undertake property management...

A Radical Departure
Shearn Delamore & Co., October 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE, REENA ENBASEGARAM LOOKS AT THE ISSUE OF RESTRUCTURING THE WAGE SYSTEM OF HOTEL EMPLOYEES.   Introduction Service charge is a practice unique to the hotel industry whereby it is imposed on the bills issued to the customers...

Code of Conduct for Industrial Harmony : A Guideline on Retrenchment
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE, PARVATHY DEVI RAJA MOORTHY DISCUSSES THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR INDUSTRIAL HARMONY   Introduction The Code of Conduct for Industrial Harmony (“the Code”) was agreed upon between the then Ministry of Labour and Manpower[1], the Malaysian Council of Employers’ Organisation[2]and the Malaysian Trades Union Congress to lay down principles and guidelines to employers and workers on the practice of industrial relations for achieving greater industrial ha

Can an Industrial Court Action Proceed without Complying with Section 226(3) or Section 263(2) of the Companies Act 1965?
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE PARVATHY DEVI RAJA MOORTHY DISCUSSES WHETHER AN INDUSTRIAL COURT ACTION CAN PROCEED WITHOUT COMPLYING WITH SECTION 226(3) OR SECTION 263(2) OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1965.   Introduction In the civil court, any action or proceeding pending against a company after the presentation of a winding-up petition may be stayed by the court...

Challenging an Award of the Industrial Court
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

The Industrial Court is a creature of statute. In determining a particular dispute, the Industrial Court must act in accordance with the purposes and express provisions of the Industrial Relations Act 1967 (“Act”). The Court must also act according to “equity, good conscience and the substantial merits of the case without regard to technicalities and legal form” [1]...

The Law Relating to Competing Unions Representing the Same Group of Employees
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE, REENA ENBASEGARAM LOOKS AT THE LAW RELATING TO COMPETING UNIONS.   Introduction The strength of a trade union is derived from its membership which is its paramount asset. Upon being accorded recognition, a trade union will bargain on behalf of the employees and, in this regard, acts as a principal and not as an agent of its members[1]. The contracting rights - including those of non-union members and future employees - are transferred to the trade union...

Transferring an Employee
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE, NADIA ABU BAKAR DISCUSSES AN EMPLOYER’S PREROGATIVE TO TRANSFER EMPLOYEES   Introduction There may be an instance where you receive a letter from your company with the following content: “In light of the business requirements of the Company, you shall be transferred to xx with effect from xx...

Hiring and Firing in Malaysia
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

Top 10 Questions Employers Should Ask When Hiring and Firing in Malaysia HIRING IN MALAYSIA: Does the employee have a right to work in Malaysia or does he/she need a work permit? Is the employment offer subject to any condition precedent (e.g...

Who is my Employer?
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE PARVATHY DEVI RAJA MOORTHY LOOKS AT THE IMPORTANCE OF ASCERTAINING THE IDENTITY OF THE EMPLOYER WHEN LODGING A COMPLAINT OF UNFAIR DISMISSAL ESPECIALLY IN SECONDMENT CASES.   Introduction The correct identification of an employer is essential in the lodging of an unfair dismissal complaint pursuant tosection 20of theIndustrial Relations Act 1967where the relationship between the employee and the company is unclear...

A Re-look at the Laws on Retrenchment
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

IN THIS ARTICLE, WONG KIAN JUN CONSIDERS A RE-LOOK AT THE LAWS ON RETRENCHMENT   Introduction During uncertain times and shrinking profits, organisations may decide to reorganise their business structure in order to create a leaner workforce thereby reducing their operating costs to weather the impact of a slowing economy. Inevitably, the reorganisation would result in the retrenchment of its employees who are considered surplus to the needs of the organisation...

Locus Standi of an Infringer as an Aggrieved Party
Shearn Delamore & Co., August 2018

Can An Infringer Have Locus Standi As An Aggrieved Party? This case raised a few important and novel issues that dealt with the locus standi of an aggrieved person, Internet searches as evidence for use of a trade mark and the role of a sub-brand as a source identifier when used together with a house brand...

Clarifying Turquand's Rule
Shearn Delamore & Co., June 2018

The rule in the case of Royal British Bank v Turquand 1 is commonly known as Turquand’s Rule or the indoor management rule. It stipulates that an “outsider” dealing with a company in good faith is entitled to assume that there has been compliance with the Articles of Association. You can also assume compliance with the by laws of the company and that the “outsider” need not question the formalities of the internal proceedings of a company...

The Employment Insurance System Act 2017
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2018

The Employment Insurance System Act 2017 (“EIS Act”) came into effect on 1 January 2018. For the first time in Malaysia some form of unemployment benefits are provided for private employees. Previously, employees who were terminated or retrenched did not receive any benefits during the period they were unemployed...

Real Property Gains Tax Changes
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2018

  The Finance (No 2) Act 2017(“FA”) received royal assent on 27 December 2017 and was introduced to amend theIncome Tax Act 1967, the Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976 (“RPGTA”), the Goods and Services Tax Act 2014and the Finance Act 2013. This article will discuss the amendments to the RPGTA as provided in sections 16, 17 and 18 of the FA. The amendments to the RPGTA came into operation on 1 January 2018...

Ownership Rights to a Registered Trademark
Shearn Delamore & Co., March 2018

  Can “consent” to use a registered trade mark be considered an abandonment by the owner of the exclusive rights to that registered trade mark in perpetuity? Section 40(1)(dd) of theTrade Mark Act 1976 (“Act”) provides that it is not a trade mark infringement if it is “the use by a person of a trade mark in relation to goods or services to which the registered proprietor or registered userhas at any time expressly or impliedly consented to” [Emph



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