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Legal Highlights (7 August 2017 – 12 August 2017)   

Tourism tax from Sept 1 The Tourism Tax Act 2017 (“the Act”) will be fully enforced from 1 September 2017. Under the Act, foreign tourists boarding at hotels, inns, rest houses and motels are required to pay tourism tax at a flat rate of MYR10 per room per night. Local tourists and permanent residents are exempted from paying tourism tax.
(Source: THE STAR) 

Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce)(Amendment) Bill 2017 passed The Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce)(Amendment) Bill 2017 has been passed by the Dewan Rakyat. The proposed amendments, among others, include allowing the dissolution of marriage in civil courts by either spouse where one party has converted to Islam, and providing for the division of matrimonial assets of spouse after conversion to Islam. The proposed section 88A of the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce)(Amendment) Bill 2016 which addressed issues concerning unilateral conversion of children was removed.
(Source: THE STAR) 

FC: Complaints to MACC, CCID, and RoS protected by absolute privilege The Federal Court in Dato’ Dr. Low Bin Tick v Datuk Chong Tho Chin has unanimously ruled that complaints lodged to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), and the Registrar of Societies are protected by absolute privilege. This is because these agencies share a common feature where they are statutorily empowered with investigative powers.
(Source: NST) 

CA: Section 62 of the MACC Act unconstitutional The Court of Appeal in Lim Guan Eng & Ors v PP held that section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009 which requires accused persons to disclose their defence statements to the prosecution before the trial commences was ultra vires, when read against Articles 5(1) and 8(1) of the Federal Constitution.
(Source: NST) 

FC: Damages for The Edge The Federal Court in dismissing an appeal by the Home Minister and Home Ministry, has ruled that The Edge Communications Sdn Bhd can claim for damages against the Home Minister for their losses incurred over the three-month suspension of two of its publications in 2015. The matter will be remitted back to the High Court for assessment of damages.
(Source: THE STAR)