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In Japan, a personal seal can be as good as a signature on official documents. But forgeries have prompted the authorities to reconsider the seal as a legal instrument, writes GARY SCHAEFER.
EVEN if passers-by do not know its name, they will remember the bright yellow building that sits on the junction of Jalan Tun H.S. Lee and Jalan Hang Lekir in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown. The Lee Rubber Building now wears two shades of yellow and ochre on its façade, with dashes of the coolest blue on its windows.
It is unlikely the Internal Security Act (ISA) will be repealed in the light of current domestic and international developments, the Joseph R. Crowley Programme in International Human Rights said in a recently released report.
Journalists are reminded to report facts in helping the public know the truth. I>New Straits Times /I>associate editor Rehman Rashid said the scenario now was one where journalists were 'co-opted to the bigger picture' when they were once supposed to be 'neutral and dispassionate'.
B>PETALING JAYA:/BThe Government should accept the proposal of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) to repeal the Internal Security Act (ISA).
B>FIRST DEATH/B(April 6): The Health Ministry confirmed the first death related to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Mohamad Taha Arif said a 64-year-old Chinese male from Jerantut, Pahang, who died on March 30, was admitted to Kuala Lumpur Hospital in a serious condition a day earlier.
WHEN you are close to outliving your usefulness, the smartest thing to do is to plan a graceful, painless exit. Pengurusan Danaharta Nasional Bhd knows this well. Last week, key executives of the national asset management company (AMC) met with several heads of research to toss around ideas about how it should settle its affairs before shutting up shop.