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Business 31 Mar 2004 | 12:00 AM

US$30 oil props up Opec nations as reforms stagnate

Five years into an oil price boom, social tensions and growing populations mean Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) states need to invest more heavily, but public sector spending is eroding the windfall and storing problems for the future.

Business 13 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

China weighs yuan reform as debate rages

A Chinese state newspaper said Wednesday that allowing the yuan to rise would help ease trade friction, fuelling the protracted debate over the outlook for the currency amid official pledges to make it more flexible in time.

Business 10 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Ringgit peg set to stay

THE Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Florida over the weekend failed to check the slide of the US dollar, but don't expect the ringgit peg to come undone any time soon.

Business 03 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

More board participation needed

MAICSA PERSPECTIVE: A monthly series by The Malaysian Assssociation of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. This week MAICSA discusses corporate governance.

Business 26 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

New car prices likely from today

MANY car companies are expected to announce their new prices from today, depending on whether all of them receive their confirmation as to which components are taxable and by how much.

Business 22 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Mixed views on impact of possible ringgit re-peg

THE continuing slide of the US dollar against major currencies has become either a bane or boon to industries, depending on which sectors they are in.

Business 22 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Fixed ringgit rate preferred

B>StarBiz takes a look at what effect the weakening ringgit has on various sectors/B>Businessmen prefer the fixed exchange rate not because the present soft US dollar helps boost sales volume, but more for the stability #8211; as seen in their operations over the last five years.

Business 14 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

2004 positive for SEA but risks remain

THE year 2003 has been a tough, but productive, one for Asia. The SARS and the Iraq war kept us on the defensive in the first half of the year. It was really not until the fourth quarter when the optimism we had been heralding finally appeared.

Business 12 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

No let-up in outsourcing

ROY Kumar and his colleagues must be the envy of many Indians - they get to see the latest episodes of EastEnders, the popular BBC TV soap opera, as it is being shown in Britain.

Business 28 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

The year of the pre-emptive strike

Many things can be said of 2003 when turmoil struck the world. But most of all, it was the year when the Bush doctrine of unilateral military action against other countries deemed worthy of 'regime change' was put into terrible effect in Iraq, as the United Nation stood and tottered helplessly at the sidelines. The world will not be the same again. MARTIN KHOR reviews the year that is about to pass us by.