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The ins and outs of jobs

We all have a general idea that doctors treat patients, lawyers defend their clients, teachers educate and chefs cook. But do we really know beyond the superficial perception of what each career entails?


Cycle of life

The bicycle is now a leisure vehicle; in the old days, it was a practical mode of transport. YVONNE LEE SHU YEE recalls her freewheeling days.


Home is where the community is?

Last week, we examined how poorly designed our housing estates were. This week we ask if we can design housing areas that nourish community living. ANDREW SIA looks at some options.


Ong: A lot of things we can learn from China

The Housing and Local Government Ministry will organise for mayors and other local authority officials more working tours in China to further enhance ties and mutual co-operation between the two countries.

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Need to revise town planning

BEIJING authorities have been reminded of the pressing need for town planning, following a trend for people to move out of the city to larger, better-equipped suburban housing after the SARS crisis, which has left a deep impression on urban residents.---------------------------------------------


Need to address social issues openly

From ALAN T. of Petaling Jaya.


Agencies to work as one

All state governments and local authorities will set up one-stop agencies to handle applications for building plans and certificates of fitness for occupation (CFO) as part of the Federal Government#8217;s recently announced stimulus package.


Competition reveals students' atrocious English

A local government competition for ideas to revitalise Beach Street in George Town has attracted entries from local university and college students with grand ideas but atrocious English.


Trimming CF red tape

Some of the seven technical departments involved in the issuance of certificates of fitness will be removed from the process in an attempt to reduce the number of complaints about bureaucracy, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.


Guthrie gets revenue boost from property, plantations

KUMPULAN Guthrie Bhd#146;s property development business will contribute 40% to group revenue this year while plantations will make up the balance.