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The Straits Times WEEKLY EDITION SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1995 Price: 551.20 (in Singapore) Elsewhere by subscription only MITA (P) 008/08/95

Housing schemes to help young couples [ARTICLE]

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Housing schemes to help young couples First-time buyers get easier terms to rent; bigger grants to buy resale flats PRIME Minister Goh Chok Tong last Saturday announced changes to two public housing schemes to enable young couples to own their own homes and start their families earlier. The revised Transitional

The Great Singapore Workout breaks record [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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The Great Singapore Workout breaks record PRIME Minister Goh Chok Tong on Sunday led 30,517 Singaporeans at the Padang through the steps of the Great Singapore Workout. The large turnout, which surpassed the organiser’s target of 30,000, is now unofficially a new world record for a gymnastic or aerobic display.

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NEWS FOCUS

R & D generates fame – and a little fortune – for NUS [ARTICLE]

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R D generates fame and a little fortune for NUS By M. Nirmala THE National University of Singapore is moving into research and development (R&D) in response to the Government’s call to compete with developed countries, said National University of Singapore vice-chancellor Lim Pin. Professor Lim Pin told The Straits

A world first from NUS team [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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A world first from NUS team UNIVERSITY don Jacob Phang, 41, is happy wearing two hats. When he is not lecturing in microelectronics, he is busy devising machines that spot defects in computer components. It brings in good money, too. One invention a world first has already reaped US$lOO,OOO (*****,000)

Manipulator gets 13 years’ jail, 10 strokes [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Manipulator gets 13 years’ jail, 10 strokes Sex slave case By Elena Chong A FORMER despatch rider was sentenced to a total of 13 years’ jail and 10 strokes of the cane on Tuesday after he was found guilty of all 11 charges of rape, oral sex, extortion and attempted

Criminal cases heard faster in new system [ARTICLE]

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Criminal cases heard faster in new system By Brendan Pereira CRIMINAL cases have been coming up for hearing in the High Court faster than before ever since the introduction of a new case monitoring system last year. Trial dates are now being fixed six months after someone is first charged

13 new investors to pump in $429m in Suzhou [ARTICLE]

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13 new investors to pump in $429m in Suzhou By Warren Fernandez in Suzhou (Jiangsu) SINGAPORE’S flagship project in China, the Suzhou industrial township, took a significant step forward yesterday with 13 new investors committing nearly US$3OO million (***** million) to bring total investments in the venture to about US$l.5

S’pore’s winning formula is ‘close Govt-- people ties’ [ARTICLE]

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S’pore’s winning formula is ‘close Govt--people ties’ By Susan Sim THE Government can do what must be done for Singapore because it enjoys a close relationship with the people, said Brigadier-Gen-eral (NS) Lee Hsien Loong last Saturday. Speaking at a National Day celebration dinner in Toa Payoh, the Deputy Prime

Comedian Ya Fong, 63, dies [ARTICLE]

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Comedian Ya Fong, 63, dies YA FONG, the Singapore comedian who paired up with Wang Sa to make up the famous Chinese comic duo, died of a heart attack yesterday. He was 63 years old. He was playing with the son of a woman friend at a coffeeshop in Lavender

Top Cultural Medallion Awards go to two women [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Top Cultural Medallion Awards go to two women THE husband received the award five years ago. This year, it was the wife’s turn. Madam Goh Lay Kuan, 56. choreographer and dancer, received the National Arts Council Cultural Medallion Award on Thursday as her husband, Mr Kuo Pao Kun, 56, a

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Suzhou will succeed if it offers quality service to investors: SM [ARTICLE]

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Suzhou will succeed if it offers quality service to investors: SM Reports by Warren Fernandez in Suzhou (Jiangsu) SENIOR Minister Lee Kuan Yew said he was confident the Suzhou industrial township, Singapore’s flagship project in China, would be able to create a climate which was pro-business and competitive. “Both the

Success of Suzhou project ‘vital to Singapore’s good name’ [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Success of Suzhou project ‘vital to Singapore’s good name’ SUZHOU (Jiangsu) Singapore is determined to make the Suzhou industrial township a success as its “brand-name” and reputation with foreign investors were at stake, Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew said on Sunday. He told Jiangsu province leaders that the Government would

China gets top hospital – from Republic [ARTICLE]

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China gets top hospital from Republic BEIJING A Singapore group has signed an agreement to build and run China’s first private hospital which will provide Singapore standards of healthcare services in Beijing. The US$24-million (Ss34-million). 150-bed Beijing International Hospital will be designed and managed according to standards set by Singapore’s

Census in 2000 will be done by telephone [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Census in 2000 will be done by telephone THE next population census in the year 2000 will be conducted mainly by telephone interviews rather than by house-to-house visits. Mr Kenneth Goh, a deputy director with the Statistics Department, said the department had to do this because of a manpower shortage.

Exec condos to be built in Pasir Ris and Jurong [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Exec condos to be built in Pasir Ris and Jurong THE first batch of executive condominiums will be built in Jurong East and Pasir Ris and will be priced around $500,000 to $600,000. The monthly income ceiling for applicants will be set at $lO,OOO, up from the present $B,OOO limit

Young scientist alert: You are wanted [ARTICLE]

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Young scientist alert: You are wanted THE search is on for young scientists. The National Science Talent Search was launched by Mr Sidek Saniff, Minister of State for Education, last Saturday at the First Youth Science Conference at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. “In order to stay in the same league as

Prof: Stop demoralising teachers [ARTICLE]

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Prof: Stop demoralising teachers Mindset that profession is useless hurting morale By M. Nirmala TEACHERS are demoralised oecause “everybody tells them they are useless, they are not doing their jobs", said Professor Leo Tan director of the National Institute of Education. ,ast Saturday. He said this mindset was not helping

S’poreans should go beyond careers, family and health [ARTICLE]

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S’poreans should go beyond careers, family and health WHAT EDITOR SAYS SINGAPOREANS should not just be concerned with career, family and health, said Mr Cheong Yip Seng. 52. Editor-in-Chief of the Singapore Press Holdings’ English Malay Newspapers Division. There was more to life than just buying a bigger house or

Animal lovers first S’pore Zoo scholars [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Animal lovers first S’pore Zoo scholars TWO animal lovers have become the first recipients of the Singapore Zoo’s Dr Ong Swee Law Scholarship, named after its late executive chairman. Mr Tan Kay Yen. 20, and Ms Karen Ng. 13. have kept a variety of pets since their young days, and

Van driver admits raping former colleague after seven days of trial [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Van driver admits raping former colleague after seven days of trial Rapist had personality problem: Judge By Lim Li Hsien A MAN was sentenced to 10 years’ jail and 12 strokes of the cane on Friday last week after admitting that he had raped his former colleague. But van driver

Driver charged with leaving girl, four, in locked school bus [ARTICLE]

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Driver charged with leaving girl, four, in locked school bus A SCHOOL bus driver was on Wednesday charged with leaving a four-year-old Japanese girl in his bus, with the doors and windows locked. Chang Tuck Fatt, 35, allegedly forgot to let the child down at the YMCA Metropolitan child-care centre

‘Personal cabbies’ ensure customers get taxi on time [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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‘Personal cabbies’ ensure customers get taxi on time Service for regular fares By Leslie Koh and Seto Nu Wen CALL him directly, or page him, and he will turn up with his taxi on time. Mr Denny Tian, 35. is one of many enterprising cabbies who offer personal service to

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Sprigle ends stint as amateur squad coach [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Sprigle ends stint as amateur squad coach Second expat to quit local sport in a fortnight GOLF By S. Murali FORMER national amateur golf coach, American Bob Sprigle, has quit his job and will fly home while his former charges are playing in the Putra Cup this month. Taking over

Koh Li Ping’s return boosts hopes for Games gold [ARTICLE]

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Koh Li Ping’s return boosts hopes for Games gold TABLE TENNIS By Cecilia Chan KOH Li Ping will make a comeback to the national table tennis squad and her return will strengthen the women’s team preparing for December’s South-east Asia Games in Chiangmai. The other players include world-class Jing J

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Home Delivery Weekly! A crisp summary of the week's major happenings in Singapore, the newspaper covers news from politics, to business, to investment opportunities and others. What's more, it also offers news on Malaysia and Asean. A convenient tabloid airmailed to you wherever you may be, once a week. So,

MALAYSIA

Johor taking steps to get those working in Singapore to return [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Johor taking steps to get those working in Singapore to return Wooing Malaysian workers back JOHOR BARU Johor has set out on an ambitious task to woo Malaysians working and residing in Singapore to return and take up jobs in the state. The Star on Wednesday reported that the Johor

KL to sign deals with five countries [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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KL to sign deals with five countries Recruiting foreign workers KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia would sign agreements on the recruitment of foreign workers with five countries once the guidelines on this were ready, Human Resources Minister Datuk Lim Ah Lek said on Wednesday. The countries are Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines. Thailand

Razaleigh beats NF man in Gua Musang [ARTICLE]

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Razaleigh beats NF man in Gua Musang Bernama. GUA MUSANG Opposition Birty leader Tengku Razaleigh amzah won the Gua Musang by-election on Tuesday. He won 13,144 votes against 8,398 votes for his National Front rival. Datuk Hussein Ahmad. The voter turnout in Gua Musang, Malaysia’s most remote and largest electoral

Police raids uncover Thai call-girl ring in Klang [ARTICLE]

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Police raids uncover Thai call-girl ring in Klang Closed-circuit TV used to screen clients KUALA LUMPUR Police have uncovered a sophisticated sex ring operated by a syndicate which kept Thai call girls behind a steel door and allowed customers to take them homo. It also had a closed-circuit television set

Malaysia achieved 9.5% growth in first 6 months [ARTICLE]

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Malaysia achieved 9.5% growth in first 6 months Bernama. SEREMBAN The Malaysian economy again recorded an encouraging performance in the first six months of this year, with gross domestic product growth of 9.5 per cent, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said on Tuesday. He said that while the

ASEAN

Jakarta’s rich to help smaller businesses [ARTICLE]

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Jakarta’s rich to help smaller businesses Leading businessmen pledge to rectify imbalances in wages and living standards By Paul Jacob Jakarta correspondent LEADING indigenous and ethnic-Chinese businessmen have pledged concerted action to address economic and social imbalances in the country and help pave the way for Indonesia joining the ranks

Queen’s visit has boosted ties: Alatas [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Queen’s visit has boosted ties: Alatas Royal hugs Reuter. JAKARTA The visit of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to Indonesia has deepened mutual understanding and strengthened economic ties between the two countries, Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas said on Wednesday. “I think the visit has been good and politically I

Swiss banks told to give Marcos millions to Manila [ARTICLE]

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Swiss banks told to give Marcos millions to Manila AP. BERNE (Switzerland) Switzerland has approved the transfer to the Philippines of nearly US$5OO million (Ss7o3 million) in bank accounts of the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, a Swiss official said on Monday. The decision, which is still subject to appeal

Asean envoys in Missouri to woo investments [ARTICLE]

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Asean envoys in Missouri to woo investments ST LOUIS (Missouri) Asean ambassadors to Washington are touring the US state of Missouri to encourage more US companies to invest in South-east Asia. The envoys from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam arrived in St Louis, Missouri, on Monday

COMMENT / ANALYSIS

When the rich must get less [ARTICLE]

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When the rich must get less SEPT 1, 1995 THE meeting in Bali last weekend of Indonesian businessmen to discuss social equality brings to mind the famous episode in 1990 when President Suharto asked 31 tycoons to his ranch in West Java to talk social responsibility. Out of that meeting

What more do they want? [ARTICLE]

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What more do they want? AUG 31. 1995 THE lukewarm response of some young couples to the revised Transitional Rental Housing Scheme and the CPF Housing Grant Scheme is an ironical reminder of how attractive schemes can leave their beneficiaries not more satisfied, but wanting more. The rationale for the

Give value for money [ARTICLE]

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Give value for money AUG 29. 1995 FEES at government hospitals, polyclinics and dental clinics went up this month. Their last revision was in June 1993. They will be followed by higher public transport fares in October. These were last adjusted in June 1984. Public response has been generally muted.

Profile of the Singapore engineer must be raised [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Profile of the Singapore engineer must be raised By Sia Cheong Yew LAST week's report of more students shunning engineering and opting for accountancy and business studies at university level reminded me of the story about why some bright sparks have been avoiding the course For the boys, it seems,

Honesty worthy of its name should be held up for emulation [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Honesty worthy of its name should be held up for emulation By Tan Sai Siong WORRYING trend No. 1: The number of juveniles arrested in the first half of this year continued to rise. Worrying trend No. 2: More than 70 per cent of youths arrested were for theft-related offences.

Early school: Let’s not spoil it for the kids [ARTICLE]

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Early school: Let’s not spoil it for the kids By Chua Huck Cheng ANOTHER controversy over primary school registration could be brewing, this one with the emotional mix of over-arch-ing parental ambition and anxiety plus suggestions that the richer classes are being given an unfair edge over the less rich.

INSIGHT A LOOK AT THE ISSUES OF THE DAY BY THE STRAITS TIMES POLITICAL DESK

Battling Western media: What works? [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Battling Western media: What works? AT A recent dialogue with some Singaporeans, the Prime Minister handed out maps to show how small and vulnerable Singapore was. At his National Day Rally before almost half a million viewers at home and at Kallang Theatre. Singapore’s relationship with the outside world was

Land Acquisition Act: What you need to know [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Land Acquisition Act: What you need to know Boon Tiong Road residents are the latest Singaporeans to be affected by the Land Acquisition Act. Their flats will be acquired to make way for new high-rise ones. In return, they will receive a land acquisition award, an ex-gratia payment for their

Snap election? Better to focus on PM’s message [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Snap election? Better to focus on PM’s message THINKING ALOUD Leslie Fong THE Prime Minister's National Day Rally speech on Aug 20 has rekindled speculation that a general election will be called shortly. Indeed the word on the grapevine is that Mr Goh Chok Tong will go to the country

MONEY

SES MAIN BOARD [ARTICLE]

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SES MAIN BOARD INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL 1995 High Low Company Curr Last Traded tala Of Vol Day '000 High Lew Qr’a Dlv Nat MCapWtAvg P/E Imll Price 520 382 m t Acma 50c 498 •2 451 510 498 22.5 10.4 666.5 505 450 450 t Ala* Hide* 50c m t

Interest continues on sub-dollar stocks [ARTICLE]

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Interest continues on sub-dollar stocks THE interest in sub-dollar stocks of the recent weeks spilt over to second-liners on the mainboard and selected blue-chip counters this week. Rotational play continued on companies that were rumoured to be takeover targets, and were particularly persistent in the case of Guthrie GTS, Heshe

DAY-TO-DAY INDICES [ARTICLE]

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DAY-TO-DAY INDICES ST Industrials Index The Straits fanes Industrials Indei rose 7.45 points on the week to 2132.53. DAY CLOSE TURNOVER Monday 2138.20 13.12) 252.57m ($344 513m) Tuesday 2130.12 (-8.08) 251.68m ($360 783m) Wednesday 2127.25 2.87) 334.92m (J568.102m) Thursday 2146.58 19.33) 172.81m ($301.770m) Friday 2132.53 (-14 05) 400 98m ($544

Teng Fong ups bid to $5.35 a share [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Teng Fong ups bid to $5.35 a share Tycoon raises stake to 42.9%; rival Camerlin extends offer period by 13 more days Battle for Yeo Hiap Seng By Goh Soo May PROPERTY tycoon Ng Teng Fong appears to have strengthened his hand in the long-drawn battle for control of soft

CORPORATE RESULTS, DIVIDENDS ANNOUNCED [ARTICLE]

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CORPORATE RESULTS, DIVIDENDS ANNOUNCED CORPORATE RESULTS Net Earn UPS Dale n IN IN IN C ompan) ann (Sml (Smt (cts) lets) AUK FUdgs Aug 15 1 0 364 1 109 0.8 2.5 At rru Jun 8 F 65.946 41 518 4’8 31.3 Vtc Hldgs Jun 26 P 2.159 ***** 7.2

UOB opens full a branch in Taipei [ARTICLE]

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UOB opens full a branch in Taipei THE United Overseas Bank (UOB, opened a full-service branch in Taipei today. The full service branch offers a range of commercial banking, investment banking and treasury services from deposit accounts, loans and advances, foreign exchange to investment and international banking facilities. Among the

F&N Coca-Cola plant in Hanoi to boost capacity [ARTICLE]

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F&N Coca-Cola plant in Hanoi to boost capacity By Goh Soo May in Hanoi FRASER Neave (F&N) CocaCola’s newly-opened US$24 million (5533.6 million) plant in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi will see initial production capacity almost doubling within the year. Located on a 4 ha site on the outskirts of Hanoi,

HONGKONG [ARTICLE]

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HONGKONG Friday Saptambar 01 HKS ASM Pacific 7.15 unch Allied Ind Int'l 0.43 unch Allied Oversea 0 58 unch Asia Sec Int 2.55 unch Bank of EA 24 80 unch C.P Pokphand 3.08 0.03 CDL Hotel 3.70 -002 Cafe De Coral 1.85 001 Cath Pac Air 11.60 -0.05 Century City

UNIT TRUSTS [ARTICLE]

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UNIT TRUSTS Managers’ prices for September 04 Singapore Unit Trust The Commerce 154-1.63 The Savings Fund 1.50-159 Spore Prog Fund 0.61—0.65 S pore Sec Fund 0.91—0.97*d S’pore Invest Fund 1.06-1.12 S'pore Equity Fund 0 75 —0.80 Credit Lyonnais Int’l Asset Mgt Cl Asia-Pac Gr Fund 2.580—2.710** Cl S'pore Gr Fund

CORPORATE RESULTS

C&C records 37% jump in earnings to $84m [ARTICLE]

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C&C records 37% jump in earnings to $84m By Kalpana Rashiwala CYCLE Carriage reported a 37 per cent jump in group earnings to $84.4 million at the half-way mark on the back of strong performance of its motor divisions in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. The group’s net earnings figure was

Yeo Hiap Seng’s interim net profit surges 6.8 times [ARTICLE]

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Yeo Hiap Seng’s interim net profit surges 6.8 times Disposal of Chun King group among reasons for better showing STILL in the throes of a takeover tussle, Yeo Hiap Seng (YHS) on Friday last week reported that its net profit increased 6.8 times to $6.7 million for the six months

CURRENCY [ARTICLE]

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CURRENCY COUNTER RATES Singapore dollars to one unit of foreign currency Buying 00 Selng US dollar 1.4085 1.4256 Sterling pound 2.1695 2.2224 Australian dollar 1.0451 1.0775 Canadian dollar 1.0409 1.0657 NZ dollar 0.9061 0.9379 EC unit 1.8292 Singapore dollars to 100 of foreign currency units Austrian schilling 13.4245 14.0309 Belgian

ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS [ARTICLE]

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ASIAN CURRENCY UNITS Contract data: 01/9/95 CURRENCY 1 MTH 3 MTH 6 MTH 9 MTH 12 MTH CALL VALUE DATE us$ 5 4 5 3 4 5 3 5*4 5 1 4*4 05/9/95 AJ 7 7'/, 7'. 7‘i 7'4 5*4 05/9/95 NZ$ 8’« 8H 84i 8 7Ai 7 Vi 05/9/95

Cheow Tong backs implementing Afta by 2000 [ARTICLE]

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Cheow Tong backs implementing Afta by 2000 By Douglas Wong ASEAN should bring forward the implementation of the Asean Free Trade Area (Afta) to the year 2000 in order to remain competitive in the world trading community, said Trade and Industry Minister Yeo Cheow Tong. “Unless we take steps to

Foresight paid off for Suntec City’s investors [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Foresight paid off for Suntec City’s investors They understood value of stable society, says SM ABOUT eight years ago, 11 Hongkong-based empire builders teamed up to scout for a major project that would yield steady returns. Although Singapore was in a recession then, they chose the country and bid for

Latest initial public offerings

Acer unit offers 42m shares at US$1.40 each [ARTICLE]

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Acer unit offers 42m shares at US$1.40 each ACER Computer International (ACI), local subsidiary of Taiwan’s Acer Inc, is to sell 42 million shares at US$l.4O in Singapore’s largest initial public offering (IPO) so far this year. The IPO, launched on Monday, is part of Acer’s global strategy to list

Vicom gets in-principle nod for listing on main board [ARTICLE]

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Vicom gets in-principle nod for listing on main board VICOM Pte Ltd, the Comfort Group’s wholly-owned vehicle testing subsidiary, has obtained in-principle approval for listing on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Singapore. Vicom began operations in 1982 as Singapore’s first vehicle inspection centre. Today, the company tests

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Prudent to continue using services of QCs [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Prudent to continue using services of QCs Clients, lawyers and judges benefit from QCs’ services I REFER to the editorial “Time to cut QC link” (ST Weekly Edition, Aug 12) and the forum letter “Litigants should have freedom to hire QC” (ST, Aug 16) by Mr Peter Ong Lip Cheng.

Keep legal costs down by using arbitrators instead of courts [ARTICLE]

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Keep legal costs down by using arbitrators instead of courts I REFER to your editorial “Whither the cost of justice?” (ST Weekly Edition, Aug 26). Much has been said about the high cost of living in Singapore. Therefore, any measure taken that will reduce costs must be welcome. Your suggestion

Chee plays on sympathy to win himself support [ARTICLE]

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Chee plays on sympathy to win himself support WITH due respect to Ms Sumiko Tan (“Will Chee’s high profile win votes or be a turn-off”, ST Weekly Edition, Aug 26),1 do not agree with her view that Dr Chee’s attention-getting moves might have little, or even negative, impact when it

One in five to qualify for Edusave bursaries [ARTICLE]

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One in five to qualify for Edusave bursaries Constituency Top-Up Bursary Scheme also announced STUDENTS who rank among the top 25 per cent in their school and whose families earn less than 53,000 a month will qualify for Edusave Merit Bursaries, the Prime Minister announced on Sunday. Speaking at the

Safti Institute encapsulates our pride and patriotism, says PM [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

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Safti Institute encapsulates our pride and patriotism, says PM By Tan Yong Meng THE Safti Military Institute is a national institution which expressed Singaporeans’ will to defend their country and their determination to fight to preserve freedom and their way of life if the need arose. This was how Prime

SM Lee mooted idea for institute in 1982 [ARTICLE]

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SM Lee mooted idea for institute in 1982 SENIOR Minister Lee Kuan Yew first mooted the idea of the Safti Military Institute back in February 1982, when he felt that the old Safti at Pasir Laba Camp was expanding too fast, without a master plan, to accommodate its needs. Then