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FMM lauds RM1bil fund for SMEs

THE Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) has lauded the move to establish the RM1bil capital fund for SMEs.


Budget provides RM5.7bil to develop infrastructure in rural areas

THE government will undertake proactive measures to develop physical infrastructure, especially in less developed areas.


Commercial property, REITs the big winners

THE commercial property sector and the real estate investment trusts (REITs) appeared to be the biggest winners from the Budget, which has proposed the setting up of a bumiputera property trust foundation, Yayasan Amanah Hartanah Bumiputera, as well as tax incentives for REITs.


Most of the bridges in rural areas in poor condition

Only 20 of the 120 bridges surveyed in rural areas was found to be in good condition, with the others needing to be repaired or rebuilt.


Passport to radio heaven

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing I>The World Radio and TV Handbook 2005/Iin this column.


UBs can become investment bankers

THE six universal brokers (UBs) in the country will now have the opportunity to become investment banks (IBs) following further liberalisation in the financial services sector.


Good, traditional TexMex fare

B>R/b>IBS BarBeQue Restaurant, renovated from a pre-war shoplot in Penang, serves an array of Mexi-can and Texan food which promises to suit the tastebuds of local diners.


Pricing an issue in universal brokers’ purchase of discount houses

CAN universal brokers (UBs) look forward to better days ahead by merging with a discount house to become an investment bank (IB)?


Investment banks sprouting

COMPETITION looks set to heat up in the investment banking industry. Bank Negara's joint announcement with the Securities Commission last month to enable universal brokers (UBs) to become investment banks (IBs) by merging with a discount house could add another four new players to the investment banking scene.


Stool problems

Constipation is not a disease but a condition of the digestive system where a person experiences difficulty in eliminating faeces. Most doctors do not consider a person constipated unless they are experiencing difficulty passing hard, dry stool, and there has been a decrease in the number of bowel movements from the amount that's normal for the person.