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Business 12 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Ng strikes the right note

B>C/B>LASSICAL music permeating her home, trips to recitals and her father#8217;s pure determination became the notes that would eventually form the life score of classical pianist Ng Mei Fong.

Business 16 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Japanese sour on holiday candy tradition

Nozomi Hashimoto, a 26-year-old insurance worker, used to buy dozens of boxes of I>giri choco/I>, or obligation chocolates, on Valentine#8217;s Day to distribute to the men in her office. The tradition would set her back US$150 or so, but it was all but obligatory in Japan#8217;s gift-giving culture.

Business 01 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Opportunity knocks twice for Salleh

Datuk Mohd Salleh Masduki is often seen hands-on during exhibitions and trade fairs to promote his business ideas. He knows the ins and outs of his work and is good at it.

Business 02 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Leow just plays it his way

THE economic recession of the 1980s was a vital turning point in Alex Leow's life. Hoping to make money in the insurance business, he had quit his job as a sales assistant with music equipment company Yamaha in 1984 to concentrate on selling policies.

Business 15 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Pension assets in United States fall

THE value of state employee pension plans has plunged over the past three years, with the assets in the plans now worth less than the benefits they are committed to pay, according to a new study.

Business 05 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM

Malaysian AdCongress spearheads common syllabus

WHAT a busy March it has been for the advertising fraternity! First, it was the annual screening of the London International Advertising Awards, then the launch of a book jointly authored by a media specialist and a creative, followed by the election of new office bearers to the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents (4As) before the month was brought to a close with the inaugural Malaysian AdCongress 2003 in Langkawi.

Business 03 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

The seductive appeal of a minimum wage

THERE has been uproar in recent days following the announcement that the rubber plantation workers union and the plantation owners association have signed an agreement providing for a minimum monthly wage of RM350.

Business 04 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

£100 sweetener with a chilling message

By TAN KAH PENG

Business 06 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Smart Reader expanding to more overseas markets

SMART Reader Worldwide Sdn Bhd, a leading provider of children#146;s education, will expand its presence in India, New Zealand and Taiwan by the end of the year, according to its chief executive officer Dr Richard Ong.

Business 09 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Bina Darulaman aims to complete township in 4 years

PUBLIC-LISTED Bina Darulaman Bhd (BDB) aims to fully complete its 890ha Bandar Darulaman satellite township near Alor Star in four years.