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Business 30 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Jamaludin: Disburse SME funds speedily

BANKS extending loans to small- and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) under the measures introduced in the government#146;s economic package have been urged to ensure the funds are disbursed speedily.

Business 29 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Aim needs to be on human capital goals

IMAGINE the scenario of a company spending a year and millions of ringgit on infrastructure and consulting fees to set up a recruiting website #150; only to find that it is receiving a flood of applications it doesn#146;t have the ability to process.

Business 28 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Analysts: Worst over for SARS-hit airlines

WITH the lifting last weekend of a travel ban to Hong Kong and China#8217;s Guangdong province by the World Health Organisation, the first glimmers of hope are appearing for Asia#8217;s embattled airlines, which have been struggling with poor passenger numbers and bottom lines, hit by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.

Business 26 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Credit card spending slows down

CREDIT card holders are distinctly flashing their cards less these days. Credit card fraud is a problem, but credit card holders are opting for fewer swipes of their cards to keep spending in check.

Business 26 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Free lunch in investing

ONE of the fundamental axioms of economics is that #147;there is no free lunch#148;. Don#146;t believe the hype #150; this is not entirely true when it comes to investing. We can still get our free lunch if we would just plan our investment carefully and allow our money to work harder.

Business 24 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Make peace with free float shortfall

IT has been three years since index constructor Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) announced that it would adjust its equity indices so as to take into account free float levels. Back then, there was some hand wringing among our stock market players over the possibility of Malaysia suffering an exodus of foreign funds.a href=http://biz.thestar.com.my/bizweek/>LI>B>For the full Bizweek reports click here/B>/a>

Business 23 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Shareholders urged to appoint watchdog group

MINORITY shareholders who believe their companies#146; directors or officers are failing to practise good corporate governance have been urged to appoint the Minority Shareholder Watchdog Group (MSWG) as their proxies to attend general meetings.

Business 21 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

SIA staring at first-half loss

Singapore Airlines (SIA) may incur a loss in the first half to September due to a sharp decline in its passenger traffic as a result of the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Standard Poor's Equity Research said in a research note.

Business 20 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

China insurers pay 522,000 yuan over SARS

CHINA'S life assurance companies have received 163 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) related claims as of May 8, and have paid out 522,100 yuan in compensation in 90 cases, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission said.

Business 19 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Where were the directors?

THE acknowledgement given to the #147;directors#148; in charting a company#146;s future is beyond dispute, but what goes on behind the closed doors of the corporate boardroom is a mystery to most of us.