Monthly Archives: August 2007

Going global Malaysia – Update (Aug 2007)

Here is a comparison of the top 10 largest investment holdings for each of the three global property funds available here in Malaysia: ING Global Real Estate Fund (31 July 2007)(Source: ING Funds Distributor, LLC) * Mitsui Fudosan Co Ltd … Continue reading

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Advanced medical directive

Remember the Terry Schiavo case in the United States which made headlines worldwide about two years ago? Terry Schiavo was a lady who was in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) after suffering a heart attack in 1990. PVS is also … Continue reading

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Toll collection revisited

I’ve said it once before and I’m going to say it again. It’s probably too late for the residents of mainland Penang to make noise regarding the toll collection at the Sungai Nyior plaza of the Butterworth-Kulim highway. This existing … Continue reading

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History the way I saw it

I don’t keep diaries. I’ve never had one but when I was clearing my storeroom recently, I came across a long-forgotten notebook from the 1970s in which I had jotted some of my early thoughts, impressions, chess games and other … Continue reading

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Malaysia chess festival

The Malaysia Chess Festival starts tomorrow. More than a fortnight ago, I was asked by Hamid Majid, the secretary of the Malaysian Chess Federation, to rack my brains for a suitable story for the souvenir book. I must admit that … Continue reading

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US sub-prime woes hit home

Stock markets worldwide are now undergoing a major correction in response to the continuing sub-prime market woes in the United States. As I had mentioned earlier, Asia is not immune to the ripples from Wall Street. Only difference is, the … Continue reading

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Horror bus crash

It was a tragic accident, wasn’t it? The bus crash along the North-South Expressway near Bukit Gantang early on Aug 13 morning took the lives of 20 people, including the driver, and left nine others warded with injuries, some serious. … Continue reading

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Air Asia X

What do Tony Fernandes and Richard Branson have in common, apart from being involved in the aviation industry? Music. Back in the 1970s, Richard Branson began selling vinyl records to retail shops from the boot of his car, proceeded from … Continue reading

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Family conflicts can be avoided

One of the problems that Wills are supposed to overcome is the possibility of contention or disagreements among family members when it comes to the distribution of assets of a person who had died intestate (that is, without a Will). … Continue reading

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Let’s be more responsible to our kin

The objectives of the Employees’ Provident Fund are very noble; primary among them is to enable contributors to save for their retirement years. EPF members are required by law to contribute a certain percentage from their salaries while their employers … Continue reading

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