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Business 11 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

SST – the pros and cons

THE introduction of sales and service tax (SST) in Malaysia has been talked about since the early 1980s, when a group of civil servants from the Treasury and the Royal Customs Department were sent to South Korea to study the VAT (value-added tax) system there.

Business 12 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

A balanced, prudent budget likely

WE believe the budget is likely to be balanced and, for a pre-election/handover budget, prudent, says Joseph Tan, Standard Chartered's economist.

Business 13 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Bonuses means increase in retail sales

BONUSES for civil servants and increased tax relief for children means more disposable income, and a potential increase in retail sales, says Simon Turner, CEO, Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd.

Business 13 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Challenges in fiscal consolidation process

THE Government was able to strike a balance between sustaining growth and consolidating its fiscal position by financing the bulk of its latest stimulus package through off-budget sources.

Business 16 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Enterprising and reformative budget, says SMI association

THE SMI Association of Malaysia has described Budget 2004 as an #147;enterprising reformative budget.#148;

Business 19 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

Local ops to boost Top Range turnover

TOP Range Product (M) Sdn Bhd, a manufacturer and exporter of higher value-added wood-based furniture, expects its local operations to contribute 20% to total turnover for the year ending Dec 31, 2004.

Business 07 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Prudential zeros in on bumis

THE company relied on the British for its early business, then the Chinese #147;towkays#148; for expansion, and now the Malays for continued growth.

Business 09 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Chairman: Bank Simpanan Nasional must reinvent to stay relevant

BANK Simpanan Nasional must reinvent itself to stay relevant as the national savings bank and be competitive when the banking sector is liberalized, its chairman Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi said.

Business 10 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Pacific Insurance targets medical coverage plan at civil servants

PACIFIC Insurance Bhd is confident of a good take-up rate among the country#039;s civil servants for its medical coverage plan that allows premiums to be paid through monthly salary deductions, chief executive officer Ng Hon Soon said.

Business 31 Oct 2003 | 12:00 AM

Valuecap presence in 29 firms

Online investment advisor Surf88.com says that it has been more than four months since we last wrote on Valuecap Sdn Bhd, the establishment of which generated considerable excitement back in January. With the renewed vigour of the KLSE, we believe it is appropriate to provide an update.