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RCEP - The Next ASEAN Focused Regional Economic Agreement

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (“RCEP”), a regional trade agreement currently being negotiated between the ASEAN countries and China, Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, has the potential to become the next mega-economic agreement after the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”) to facilitate the expansion of investment and trade in the Asia Pacific region. Given the current global trade environment, rising protectionist sentiments, and the expected increase in US trade sanctions against China, having a modern, comprehensive and mutually beneficial economic partnership like RCEP could be favourable for investors and consumers. This update examines what RCEP holds for Malaysia and what we might expect next.

Personal Data Protection Update – Notice and Application under Section 43 of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 to Prevent Processing for the Purpose of Direct Marketing

In this Personal Data Protection Update, we wish to bring to your attention the issuance of standard forms relating to direct marketing by the Personal Data Protection Commissioner on 18 September 2018.

Land Law – Indefeasibility : Meaning of 'good faith'

In Peninsular Malaysia, the law governing land matters is embodied in the National Land Code 1965 ("NLC"). Section 340 of the NLC deals with the indefeasibility of a registered title to and interest in land. Section 340(2) of the NLC sets out the circumstances under which a registered title to or interest in land can be rendered defeasible and set aside. Section 340(3) of the NLC provides that a subsequent registered title to or interest in land – which is acquired from a preceding owner of registered title or holder of registered interest who gets onto the register by means of one or more of the vitiating methods as specified in Section 340(2) of the NLC – shall be protected if the subsequent registered title to or interest in land is acquired 'in good faith and for valuable consideration' (pursuant to the proviso thereto). Therefore, it is crucial to understand what is meant by ‘good faith’ in the proviso to Section 340(3) of the NLC.