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Business 19 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Beaubelle’s Siah inspired by mum

ONE of the secrets to Ruby Siah's success may be her late mother, whom she described as 'the most tolerant and kind-hearted person I've ever known.' The founder and managing director of Malaysia-based cosmetology and spa-related company Beaubelle Worldwide Sdn Bhd said her mother's very much refined temperament gave her a very good foundation in social etiquettes, a set of skills that helped her a lot in running her business.

Letters 18 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Challenge leaders on their ideas

Karim Raslan talks about the changing times in Umno and the almost total absence of substantive political debate from the party polls.

Business 12 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

In the pursuit of KLCI fair value

SINCE the fourth quarter of 2003, many analysts have been very bullish about the prospect of the Malaysian economy. As a rosy economy would translate into better corporate earnings, it is unsurprising that both local and international investors have been increasingly upbeat in the equity market.

Business 10 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Report: Demand for homes strong

DEMAND for residential houses remains strong, underpinned by favourable demographics and mortgage environment of low interest rates and ample access to loans, Kamp;N Kenanga Research said in its property sector report.

Business 07 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

MNCs still a boost for chips industry

A series on the close ties between Singapore and Malaysia. In this article Sidek Kamsio examines how Malaysia has been an ideal destination for many Singaporean semi-conductor players looking for opportunities across the Causeway.

Business 06 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Cards laid out for battle of casinos

In part of a series on ties between Singapore and Malaysia K.P. Lee asks: Is the opening of a casiono in Sentosa, Singapore, a threat to Genting?

Business 06 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Semicon stocks rise with CI help

SEMICONDUCTOR stocks like Malaysian Pacific Industries Bhd (MPI) and Unisem (M) Bhd rose slightly yesterday, but analysts said the gains were attributed to the KL Composite Index adding 12.9 points which helped improve sentiments, while the global chip sales data released by an international trade group last Friday had minimal impact.

Health 04 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Menopausal and loving it

For three weeks this month, a theatre hall in Klang Valley will be filled with women laughing and crying about mid-life and hot flushes. In conjunction with Menopause The Musical, an off-Broadway show that begins its run on July 7, TEE SHIAO EEK speaks to the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, as well as the creator of the musical and two other women to find out what it is about menopause that incites such extreme emotions.

Business 03 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Foreigners making a comeback in local property scene

THE strong Singapore dollar vis-a-vis the ringgit has long been a magnet for Singaporean investment in good properties across the causeway.

Business 03 Jul 2004 | 12:00 AM

Petronas aims to be world champ

PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) aims to be a global champion, says president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican.