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A triumphant return

There are thousands of Indonesian women working in Malaysia, the majority of them as maids. They come in search of decent paying jobs to support the families they left behind. That much Malaysians know. Yet, few employers really know what the salaries they pay their maids mean to these women and their families and how their lives are actually transformed. I>StarMag/Idecided to find out by following one maid home when she returned for her granddaughter#8217;s wedding. B>PHILIP GOLINGAI/Breports from Banyuwangi, Indonesia.

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Bankruptcies hit 17-year high

BANKRUPTCIES in Singapore hit a 17-year high last year as the severe economic slowdown took its toll.


Tin mining town strikes gold

Kampar can only look forward to better days with the campus of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman coming up near the town, writes B>FOONG THIM LENG/B>.


Attend to small borrowers too, PM tells banks

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called on the 10 local banks to establish special departments or sections and facilities to deal with small borrowers and small and medium industries (SMIs).


Bankrupt Kmart to close 326 stores

Discount retailer Kmart Corp will shut one in six of its stores and cut as many as 37,000 jobs in hopes of emerging from bankruptcy as soon as April 30.


Brunei unveils US$4.5b projects to boost economy

Brunei announced plans yesterday for multi-billion-dollar projects to lift an economy still hung over from the failed business of the sultan's brother.


Gone for good



Teen gets police help to keep family safe

A 16-year-old girl has sought help of the police to keep her family safe after loan sharks threatened to burn her house if her gambler father's debts are not settled soon.


Use bankruptcy action as last resort, Rais urges banks

Banks and financial institutions are advised not to hastily institute bankruptcy or winding up action against loan defaulters and use the action instead as the last resort.


Businessman's appeal adjourned to Friday

A businessman closely associated to Datuk Soh Chee Wen has been made a bankrupt in Singapore and the Court of Appeal in Kuala Lumpur wants to know if he can continue with his appeal in Malaysia without the sanction of the republic#8217;s official assignee.