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         Tuesday, January 13, 2004, Vol. 7, No. 8

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A U S T R A L I A

ARISTOCRAT LEISURE: Unveils 2004 Calendar Events
DUKE ENERGY: Fitch Maintains Ratings Amid New Strategic Plan
PARMALAT AUSTRALIA: 'Not for Sale,' Says Parent's Administrator


C H I N A  & H O N G K O N G

CHTITOP ENTERPRISES: Winding up Hearing February 4
CMC TRADING: Xinyuan (HK) Ltd. Initiates Winding up Proceedings
INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL: Next on Government's Rescue List
PROFIT OCEAN: Bank of China Lodges Winding up Petition
TONDEX SHIPPING: Faces Winding up Petition in HK High Court

WISE OCEAN: HK Court Sets Winding up Hearing February 11


I N D O N E S I A

SEMEN GRESIK: 11-month Sales Slip on Low Domestic, Export Demand


J A P A N

DAIEI INC.: Mitsui Aims to Purchase Recruit Shares
MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC: Invests Y130B in New Semiconductor Facility
MITSUBISHI MOTORS: Investors May Inject Fresh Capital
MITSUBISHI MOTORS: U.S. Law Firms Resolve Class Action Suit
NIPPON TELEGRAPH: Union Cancels Pay Hike Demand

RESONA HOLDINGS: Releases Secondary Sales in Overseas Markets
RESONA BANK: Increasing Outlet Convenience by April


K O R E A

JINRO CO.: Up for Sale to Third-party Investors
KOREA THRUNET: Court OKs Reorganization
LG CARD: KDB to Replace Management Soon
LG CARD: Resumes Cash Service on Saturday
LG CARD: Unveils Summary of Events for 2003-2004

LG CARD: Creditors, LG Group Agree on Bailout
SK GROUP: Sets Up Emergency Panel
SK NETWORKS: Unit Gets Until March 22, 2004 to Decide on Leases


M A L A Y S I A

BUKIT KATIL: Unit Appoints Receivers
BUKIT KATIL: Terminates Joint Venture Deal With SRSB
HONG LEONG: Unit Appoints Liquidator
IDRIS HYDRAULIC: Hyundai-Berjaya Withdraws Winding Up Petition
MYCOM BERHAD: Unit Enters Manufacturing Deal With PRT

UNITED CHEMICAL: Issues Default Payment Update
YTL LAND: New Irredeemable Convertible Shares to List January 14
YTL POWER: Raises Exercise Price of 2000/2010 Warrants


P H I L I P P I N E S

MANILA ELECTRIC: ERC Reopens Hearing on Rate Hike
PHILIPPINE LONG: Settles Rates Dispute With AT&T


S I N G A P O R E

BANDAI PTE: Creditors Must Submit Claims by February 9
BEST INVESTMENT: Unveils December 30 GM Resolutions
DOLPHIN CATERING: Petition to Wind Up Pending
ECON INTERNATIONAL: Issues Restructuring Update
HEATH LAMBERT: Issues Debt Claim Notice to Creditors

MERCATELA LIMITED: Issues First and Final Dividend to Creditors
METRO HOLDINGS: Units Enter Liquidation
TRANS-UNITED CORP.: Issues Judicial Management Order Notice


T H A I L A N D

SINO-THAI RESOURCES: Posts Details of Takeover Offer
T.C.J. ASIA: Sets Conversion of Preferred Share February 29
TPI POLENE: Rumors Concerning Public Offer Trigger Trading Halt
TPI POLENE: Asks SET for Temporary Suspension until January 19
TRAFFIC CORNER: Plans to Increase Stake in Day Poets Company Ltd

* BOND PRICING: For the week of January 12 - January 16, 2004

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ARISTOCRAT LEISURE: Unveils 2004 Calendar Events
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The Directors of Aristocrat Leisure Limited have approved the
following calendar for 2004.

    Date                   Event

Tuesday, 24 February      Announcement of results
                          for year ended 31 December 2003

Wednesday, 10 March       Record date for final dividend

Wednesday, 24 March       Payment date for final dividend

Wednesday, 31 March       Dispatch of Annual Report and
                          Notice of Annual
                        - General Meeting to shareholders

Tuesday, 4 May            Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, 24 August        Announcement of results for
                          6 months ending 30 June 2004

Wednesday, 8 September    Record date for interim dividend
Wednesday, 22 September   Payment date for interim dividend
                          and dispatch of interim report to
                          shareholders

Lionel Jeyaraj, the former Chief Financial Officer of Aristocrat
Leisure Limited who was shown the door in April, sued the
Company last month to recover more than AU$1 million in
termination pay or the equivalent of two year's pay, TCR-AP
reported recently. According to the report, the former executive
claims his employment contact, signed in 2000, was unfair and
that the Company owes him the severance package.  Sacked after
the company downgraded 2002 profit forecasts by AU$28.8 million,
Mr. Jeyaraj lodged the lawsuit before the NSW Industrial
Relations Commission.


DUKE ENERGY: Fitch Maintains Ratings Amid New Strategic Plan
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Duke Energy's announcement that it will maintain its current
dividend in 2004, downsize its merchant energy and international
businesses and incur a related pre-tax, non-cash impairment
charge of US$3.3 billion will not affect the existing ratings
(shown below) of Duke Energy Corp. or Duke Capital Corp. Fitch
Ratings did not expect a dividend reduction nor was maintenance
of the current ratings predicated on a lower common stock
payout.

Conversely, successfully reducing merchant energy and
international exposure and using sale proceeds to pay down debt
would be positive for credit quality, despite the sizeable
impairment charge. However, because of the significant execution
risk associated with the planned asset divestitures, the Rating
Outlook remains Negative.

Management plans to raise US$1.5 billion from asset sales in
2004 and to reduce debt by US$4 billion.  If achieved, the
planned debt reduction would likely solidify Duke Capital's
ratings in the investment grade category.  The divestitures
include the sale or IPO of Duke Capital's Australian assets and
Duke Energy North America's (DENA) merchant plants in the
Southeastern US (5,300 MW). Selling the U.S. merchant assets is
likely to be challenging given the substantial capacity surplus
in the southeast region.  Duke also affirmed its previous plan
to wind down its trading and marketing joint venture with
ExxonMobil.

The ratings of Duke Energy Corp. and Duke Capital Corp are as
follows:

Duke Energy Corp.
-- First mortgage bonds 'A-'
-- Senior unsecured debt 'BBB+'
-- Preferred stock 'BBB'
-- Commercial paper 'F2'

Duke Capital Corp.
-- Senior unsecured debt 'BBB-'
-- Commercial paper 'F3'

For more information, contact:

Robert Hornick (New York)
Phone: +1-212-908-0523

Ari Kagan (New York)
Phone: +1-212-908-0644

James Jockle (Media Relations/New York)
Phone: +1-212-908-0547


PARMALAT AUSTRALIA: 'Not for Sale,' Says Parent's Administrator
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Enrico Bondi, the government-appointed administrator of Parmalat
Finanziaria S.p.A., played the spoiler over the weekend,
declaring its Aussie unit 'not for sale.' According to the
Australian Financial Review, the parent company finds the local
business sound and Mr. Bondi assured the local management it had
his support.

Many local rivals have been lining up to buy the Aussie
subsidiary since the main Italian business filed for insolvency.
Prospective suitors include National Foods Ltd. (NFD.AU) and
Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd. (CCL.AU).


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CHTITOP ENTERPRISES: Winding up Hearing February 4
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The High Court of Hong Kong will hear on February 4, 2004 at
9:30 a.m. the petition seeking the winding up of Chtitop
Enterprises Limited.

Yue Yuk Yiu of Room 1040, Wo Hing House, Hing Wah Estate, Chai
Wan, Hong Kong filed the petition on November 26, 2003.  Tam Lee
Po Lin, Nina represents the petitioner.

Creditors and other interested parties are encouraged to attend
the hearing.  They only need to notify in writing Tam Lee Po
Lin, Nina, which holds office on the 34th Floor, Hopewell
Centre, 183 Queen's Road East, Wanchai Hong Kong.


CMC TRADING: Xinyuan (HK) Ltd. Initiates Winding up Proceedings
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The High Court of Hong Kong will hear on February 18, 2004 at
9:30 a.m. the petition seeking the winding up of CMC Trading
Company Limited.

Xinyuan Hong Kong Limited of Unit 02A, 19th Floor, Lippo Centre,
Tower 2, 89 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong filed the petition
on December 9, 2003.  Yung, Yu, Yuen & Co. represents the
petitioner.

Creditors and other interested parties are encouraged to attend
the hearing.  They only need to notify in writing Yung, Yu, Yuen
& Co., which holds office on the 11th Floor, Wing Lung Bank
Building, 45 Des Voeux Road Central Hong Kong.


INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL: Next on Government's Rescue List
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Following a US$45 billion cash injection to Bank of China and
China Construction Bank last week, the government is considering
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) as the next
recipient of bailout funds, according to the Asian Wall Street
Journal.

The process for ICBC could take longer, however, a person
familiar with the plans told the paper.  This means that a
listing this year would be highly unlikely.  He added the
government is contemplating a US$40 billion package for ICBC,
one of China's four biggest state-owned banks.

Bank of China and China Construction split between them the
US$45 billion bailout package.  "The injection comes as both
prepare for overseas stock listings as early as this year, in
time to tap giddy sentiment toward new Chinese issues," the
Asian Wall Street Journal said.

Long burdened with "rotten loans," the Chinese banking sector is
seen as out of shape to deal with increasing foreign
competition.  At worst, according to the report, their state of
ill health leaves them vulnerable to runs and market crashes.
The Chinese government hopes the bailout funds would strengthen
the crippled sector before it does serious damage to the
economy, the paper added.

At current levels, the US$40 billion bailout would cover less
than half of ICBC's non-performing loans.  "It's not going to
solve the problem in one shot," according to a senior executive
at one of the bank's Hong Kong subsidiaries.  "But if you want
to go public, you need to start restructuring," he told the
Asian Wall Street Journal.

On Friday, ICBC reported a US$7.5 billion operating profit for
2003, a jump of 40% from a year earlier.  This, however, is
hardly a cause for jubilation for nearly all of this amount,
roughly US$7.2 billion, will be used to write down its non-
performing loans, which stood at US$85 billion, or 21.3% of
total loans last year, the paper said.

Now at the threshold of becoming a world economic powerhouse,
China must clean up its banking sector, aligning them with
international standards such as limiting debt below 10% of total
loans.  Caused by years of government-mandated loans, the debts
of China's four state banks, according to China's Banking
Regulatory Commission, averaged 16.86% of total loans at the end
of 2003.

"Many foreign analysts believe the percentage of bad loans is at
least double the government's figure.  Agriculture Bank of
China, the fourth of the nation's big four state banks, reported
non-performing loans were 30.1% of all loans at the end of
2002," the Asian Wall Street Journal said.

To help arrest this trend, China's bank regulator announced late
last year broad outlines of an industry revamp.  But the
process, which began this year, is less than perfect.  For
instance, the injection -- although a quick way to shore up
balance sheets -- places the People's Bank of China, the
nation's central bank, in an awkward position.

"The central bank is basically taking an equity stake in China's
banks," Jonathan Anderson of UBS Warburg in Hong Kong told the
Asian Wall Street Journal. "You don't want to have the conflict
of owning someone you are supposed to be regulating."

This series of bailouts follows the industry-wide
recapitalization during the late 1990s.  "During 1998 and 1999,
the government financed a bailout through special bond issues
and transferred bad debts to asset management companies.  Those
companies," according to the paper, "are now trying to recover
the loans, in part by selling portfolios of the bad debt to
foreign financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley and
Goldman Sachs Group Inc.


PROFIT OCEAN: Bank of China Lodges Winding up Petition
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The High Court of Hong Kong will hear on February 11, 2004 at
9:30 a.m. the petition seeking the winding up of Profit Ocean
Holdings Limited.

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited of 14th Floor, Bank of China
Tower, 1 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong filed the petition on
November 26, 2003.  W.I. Cheung & Co. represents the petitioner.

Creditors and other interested parties are encouraged to attend
the hearing.  They only need to notify in writing W.I. Cheung &
Co., which holds office at Rooms 2501-10 Wing On House, 71 Des
Voeux Road Central Hong Kong.


TONDEX SHIPPING: Faces Winding up Petition in HK High Court
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The High Court of Hong Kong will hear on February 4, 2004 at
10:00 a.m. the petition seeking the winding up of Tondex
Shipping Limited.

Goh Bak Heng of Unit 205, 2/F., Hi-Tech Centre, 9 Choi Yuen
Road, Sheung Shui, New Territories, Hong Kong filed the petition
on December 4, 2003.  Angela Wang & Co. represents the
petitioner.

Creditors and other interested parties are encouraged to attend
the hearing.  They only need to notify in writing Angela Wang &
Co., which holds office at Suite A, 24/F., Entertainment
Building, 30 Queen's Road Central Hong Kong.


WISE OCEAN: HK Court Sets Winding up Hearing February 11
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The High Court of Hong Kong will hear on February 11, 2004 at
9:30 a.m. the petition seeking the winding up of Wise Ocean
(Hong Kong) Limited.

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited of 14th Floor, Bank of China
Tower, 1 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong filed the petition on
November 26, 2003.  W.I. Cheung & Co. represents the petitioner.

Creditors and other interested parties are encouraged to attend
the hearing.  They only need to notify in writing W.I. Cheung &
Co., which holds office at Rooms 2501-10 Wing On House, 71 Des
Voeux Road Central
Hong Kong.


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SEMEN GRESIK: 11-month Sales Slip on Low Domestic, Export Demand
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Cement sales of PT Semen Gresik for the 11 months to November
last year fell below the market average, according to Dow Jones.

The company, currently in the midst of a legal tussle with
Mexico's Cemex S.A., sold only 12.83 million metric tons during
the period, down 5% year-on-year.  The drop is bigger than the
market's 3.1% slide recorded by Indonesia's cement producer
association.  Dow Jones said a drop in domestic sales and export
is largely the reason for this.

"Semen Gresik's domestic cement sales during the January to
November period were down 1.9% at 10.90 million tons and exports
slumped 21% to 1.93 million tons," Dow Jones said.

Semen Gresik didn't comment on its sales performance, according
to the newswire.


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DAIEI INC.: Mitsui Aims to Purchase Recruit Shares
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Mitsui & Co. plans to buy Recruit Co. shares held by the
struggling retail giant Daiei Inc., Kyodo News reported on
Saturday. Mitsui is aiming to expand its operations into new
sectors through stronger ties with the job-information
enterprise, the sources said. The giant retailer has had trouble
selling off its assets to reduce its interest-bearing debts.


MATSUSHITA ELECTRIC: Invests Y130B in New Semiconductor Facility
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (MEI), best known for
its Panasonic brand name, announced a plan for the construction
of a new semiconductor production facility at its Uozu Plant in
Toyama Prefecture with an investment of 130 billion yen. The
expansion project is planned in a move to increase production
capacity of advanced system LSIs, which require cutting-edge 90-
nanometer processing technology. MEI plans to begin construction
in May 2004 and launch production toward the end of 2005.

The Company has been leading the digital home electronics market
with its 0.13-micron processing system LSIs with a vision to
help realize a ubiquitous networking society through the
development of miniaturization technology. Now it plans to
increase the supply of further advanced system LSIs focusing on
five key areas, namely DVDs, DTVs, mobile communications
equipment, SD Memory Cards and network-related equipment as well
as CCD (charge coupled device) image sensors.

The new plant, which will be equipped with the latest 90-
nanometer production process for large-diameter 300mm diameter
wafers, will start production at the end of 2005 and increase
production capacity eventually to 7,500 wafers per month. Plans
call for future upgrading to finer processes toward 65
nanometers and further expanding production capacity to cope
with expected increase of demand.

About Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (TSE: 6752) best known
for its Panasonic brand name, is a worldwide leader in the
development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide
range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in
Osaka, Japan, the Company recorded consolidated sales of
US$61.68 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003.
Matsushita's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya,
Fukuoka, Sapporo, New York, Pacific, Euronext Amsterdam,
Euronext Paris, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf stock exchanges. For
further information, please visit the Matsushita Electric
Industrial Co., Ltd. home page at:
www.panasonic.co.jp/global/top.html

Contact:
Akira Kadota
International PR, Tokyo
Tel: 03-3578-1237
Fax: 03-5472-7608


MITSUBISHI MOTORS: Investors May Inject Fresh Capital
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Three shareholders in Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) may inject fresh
capital into the carmaker through the acquisition of newly
issued shares, the Financial Times reports. DaimlerChrysler,
which owns 33 percent of MMC, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which
has a 14.8 percent stake and Mitsubishi Corporation, with 5.2
percent, would subscribe for the new shares if shareholders
approve the new issue. All three would acquire shares equivalent
to their current stakes.

MMC needs help to offset huge losses last year at its U.S.
finance arm, where insufficient credit risk controls led to a
high number of defaults that cost the Company about 85 billion
yen (US$800 million) this year and pushed it to report a first-
half operating loss of 76 billion yen.


MITSUBISHI MOTORS: U.S. Law Firms Resolve Class Action Suit
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The Lemon Law Firm of Kimmel & Silverman, along with the law
firms of Sheller Ludwig & Badey and Cyrus Mehri, recently
resolved a class action suit against Mitsubishi Motor
Manufacturing of America, Inc. and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of
America, Inc., alleging brake defects in 1999 Mitsubishi Galant
Models. According to documents filed in the Superior Court of
New Jersey Law Division, Camden County, in November 2000, the
1999 Galant was manufactured with a brake defect, which results
in premature wear of the front brake rotors.  This defect causes
the brakes to grind and requires continuous replacement of the
brake pads and rotors.

Jersey City, NJ resident Isam Haddadin was the lead plaintiff on
behalf of the class.  In court papers, Mr. Haddadin alleged that
his 1999 Galant had been returned to the dealership repeatedly
to remedy the braking problem. Mr. Haddadin's complaint alleged
that the same defects exist in all 1999 Galants, estimating that
the problem affects several thousand Galants in New Jersey, and
tens of thousands nationally.  Mr. Haddadin claimed that his car
often vibrated, the brakes grinded when pushed down, and he had
to step on the brake several seconds before preparing to stop.

"We have seen the 1999 Galant brake problem with alarming
regularity," said co-counsel Craig Thor Kimmel.  "The cases
share a nearly identical fact pattern of brake rotor repairs
being performed every 3,000-5,000 miles. Rotors will normally
last 50,000 miles or more.  When rotors reach the point of
replacement, the ability to stop the car is diminished."

Under the settlement, owners and lessees of 1999 Mitsubishi
Galants models who purchased or leased their car new are
entitled to one or more of the following remedies:

    a) reimbursement for qualifying brake repairs
    b) free brake inspection and repair under certain conditions
    c) a voucher for $25 in future service if you have not and
are not experiencing brake-related problems.

Consumers should have been notified in the mail or will be
notified shortly.  As lead plaintiff, Mr. Haddadin received
additional compensation.

There are concerns that this brake problem does occur in later
model Galants as well.  Drivers who are experiencing this
problem when the vehicle is still under warranty should visit
http://www.lemonlaw.comor call 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652)
to find out consumer rights under State and Federal Laws.

To better identify Mitsubishi Motors' presence in the U.S.
marketplace, the plant assumed the name Mitsubishi Motor
Manufacturing of America, Inc. (MMMA) on July 1, 1995.

These laws provide completely cost-free legal representation.

Since 1991, Kimmel & Silverman, P.C. (http://www.lemonlaw.com)
has handled approximately one in four lemon law cases filed
across the nation.  To date, Kimmel & Silverman has represented
more than 25,000 individual consumer claims, exclusive of class
actions, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, making the
firm the largest practice of its sort in the United States.

Sheller Ludwig and Badey, P.C. (http://www.sheller.com)focuses
primarily on the representation of individuals and classes in
cases regarding defective products, unfair business practices
and injuries resulting from medical treatment.  The Firm is
currently lead counsel in several nationwide class actions.


NIPPON TELEGRAPH: Union Cancels Pay Hike Demand
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Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)'s labor union
will give up an across-the-board pay-scale hike in spring wage
talks this year for the fourth straight year, according to Kyodo
News. The All NTT Workers Union of Japan (NWJ), with some
180,000 members, will make a formal decision at a meeting of its
central committee in Tokyo on February 9.

NTT will reduce payments to 130,000 retired workers and 130,000
employees to ease its 600 billion yen (US$5.6 billion) pension
shortfall, TCRAP reported last month. NTT, which pays as much as
a 7 percent return on individual pension assets for former
employees, will gradually reduce the payment level to a minimum
of 3.5 percent for retired workers over the next six years. At
that point the pensions will be linked to Japanese government
bonds, paying 0.5 percent above the average coupon rate for the
preceding three years.


RESONA HOLDINGS: Releases Secondary Sales in Overseas Markets
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Regarding the secondary sales in overseas markets of the common
shares of Resona Holdings, Inc. (the Shares) held by its
subsidiaries and affiliates and solicitation for purchase of the
Shares to less than 50 offerees in Japan, the sale price and
other transaction details, which had not been fixed at the time
of its announcement on January 8, 2004, have been determined as
follows.

1. Number of the Shares to Be Offered and Sold 239,024,000
shares
2. Sale Price 123 Yen
3. Total Amount of Sale 29,399,952,000 Yen
4. Delivery Date January 15, 2004

Note:

Computation of sale price

Date of computation and the closing price January 9, 2004: 125
Yen

Discount rate 1.6%


RESONA BANK: Increasing Outlet Convenience by April
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Resona Bank will increase the number of outlets that will remain
open in the evenings and on weekends by April to improve
convenience for customers, reports the Kyodo News. Since last
fall, Resona Bank has let about 20 outlets in urban areas
centered in Tokyo and Osaka reopen from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M., after
closing at 3 P.M., on a trial basis.

The Resona banking group will introduce a new pay schedule in
April 2004, TCR-AP reported recently. As a result, the
difference in annual salaries between employees with the same
number of work years and similar educational background could be
as high as two times. Currently, those employees are paid almost
the same.


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JINRO CO.: Up for Sale to Third-party Investors
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Soju producer Jinro Co., which is currently under court
receivership, will soon be put up for sale to third-party
investors, Asia Pulse reports, citing unnamed court-appointed
managers. The managers call for an early sale of the Company to
a third party to allow early debt repayments and managerial
normalization.

In addition, the restructuring plan stipulated repayment by
installments of the principal and interest for Jinro's debt of
2.37 trillion won (US$1.98 billion) over the next 10 years,
adding that details of the plan could be revised by the court.
The court is to deliberate on Jinro's restructuring plan on
January 12 and 13, with the first meeting of creditors slated
for late February or early March.


KOREA THRUNET: Court OKs Reorganization
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A Seoul district court has approved Korea Thrunet Co. to
continue with its reorganization plan under court receivership,
allowing the Company to avoid liquidation proceedings, Dow Jones
reports. The high-speed Internet-access provider filed for court
receivership in March because of heavy debt load.

As part of its reorganization plan, creditors agreed to seek a
debt-for-equity swap for 15 percent of Thrunet's debt owed to
financial institutions. The remaining 85 percent of the debt
owed will be repaid in installments over nine years. At the end
of June 2003, the Company's total liabilities were 742.2 billion
won (US$627.9 million). Creditors also agreed to cancel all 24.7
million shares, or a 32 percent stake, in Thrunet held by its
largest shareholder TriGem Computer Inc. They also plan to hold
a public auction this year to sell the company.


LG CARD: KDB to Replace Management Soon
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The Korea Development Bank (KDB) plans to replace the ailing LG
Card's top management soon, according to Reuters. Sixteen
lenders gave their support for the bailout in writing by
midnight on Friday, saving the country's biggest credit card
firm from bankruptcy and averting a wider financial crisis.

In addition, creditors will convert 3.65 trillion won ($3.09
billion) in debt owed by LG Card -- including a fresh 1.65
trillion won in loans to be provided in the immediate future --
into equity within one year, he said.


LG CARD: Resumes Cash Service on Saturday
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LG Card Co. resumed cash advance services at 8 A.M. Saturday as
its creditors began to inject bailout funds into the debt-ridden
Company, the Maeil Business News reports. The credit card issuer
halted the advances from Thursday to Friday for the second time
in less than two months due to a cash shortage.

On Friday night, LG Card's 16 creditors, the LG Group and the
Korean government reached a last-minute agreement on a 5-
trillion-won ($4.16 billion) bailout package for the near-
bankrupt firm. The creditors are to extend an additional 3.65
trillion won to the ailing Company in a debt-for-equity swap.
According to the agreement, the Korea Development Bank (KDB)
will spend 567.4 billion won for a 25 percent stake in the
Company. KDB will be solely responsible for the firm's
management and normalization.


LG CARD: Unveils Summary of Events for 2003-2004
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LG Card Co. announced the summary of events for the year 2003
and 2004:

2003

Nov. 21 - LG Card halts cash advance services at several
branches due to a cash shortage.

Nov. 23 - LG Card's cash advance services are completely
suspended.

Nov. 23 - Creditors of LG Card decide to provide 2 trillion won
in emergency loans and to roll over LG's outstanding debt for
one year.

Nov. 24 - LG Card resumes cash advance services.

Nov. 25 - LG Card announces it plans to lay off a quarter of its
work force and shut 59 of its 109 branches.

Dec. 10 - LG Card revises down the first phase of an $844-
million capital increase plan, reflecting the recent plunge in
its share price.

Dec. 15 - Some creditors say they are considering a joint
acquisition of LG Card that would include a debt-for-equity swap
amounting to about 1 trillion won.

Dec. 15 - LG Card suspends online and telephone cash advance
services to save money until creditors offer more funds.

Dec. 16 - LG Group says it will give up LG Card and the
brokerage LG Investment & Securities Co. to limit losses
stemming from the card Company.

Dec. 17 - Creditors agree to allow only eight lenders to bid for
LG Card.

Dec. 22 - Several LG Card Creditors decide to provide an
additional 300 billion won in short-term loans.

Dec. 22 - LG Corp., an LG Group holding Company, decides to buy
300 billion won in bonds issued by LG Card.

Dec. 23 - No letters of intent from potential bidders received
by the initial deadline.

Dec. 26 - No interest to take over LG Card by the extended
deadline.

Dec. 29 - Creditors of LG Card consider a plan to run the card
firm together after failing to find a buyer. The planss calls
for a debt-for-equity swap totaling nearly 5 trillion won.

Dec. 30 - Creditors say the joint-takeover plan is unlikely to
succeed. No bidder comes forward by the midnight deadline.

2004

Jan. 2 - Plans to give control of LG Card to four banks, led by
Korea Development Bank, are discussed.

Jan. 4 - Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank and Chohung Bank oppose the
joint-management plan.

Jan. 5 - Finance Minister says bailout talks are in "final
stage."

Jan. 6 - Amount of fresh loans cut from 2 trillion won to 1.65
trillion won, creditors offer to fill the shortfall with sale of
LG Investment & Securities.

Jan. 7 - Kookmin Bank demands KDB take on sole management, cover
future aid.

Jan. 8 - Government requests LG Group to take responsibility for
75 percent of future losses at LG Card, KDB to take on
remainder.

Jan. 9 - Bailout agreement reached.


LG CARD: Creditors, LG Group Agree on Bailout
---------------------------------------------
Creditors of LG Card Co. agreed to a 3.78 trillion won (US$3.2
billion) rescue package, pulling the Company back from the brink
of insolvency, the Korea Herald reports. Sixteen financial
institutions met to fine-tune details of the 5 trillion won
(US$4.2 billion) rescue package, a day after LG Card suspended
most cash advances, raising fears that it was about to go bust.
A temporary agreement calls for 16 creditors to provide 1.65
trillion won in new loans and swap 3.65 trillion won in debt for
equity.


SK GROUP: Sets Up Emergency Panel
---------------------------------
The SK Group will set up an emergency panel to run the group
following the arrest of its Chairman Son Kil-seung on charges of
embezzlement and tax evasion at the energy and
telecommunications giant, according to Reuters. SK Corporation
Chairman Chey Tae-won will lead the new panel, which will also
include two top executives of SK Telecom, the country's largest
mobile carrier and two other SK Corporation executives.

Son was accused of diverting 788 billion won (US$667.2 million)
from SK Shipping's coffers for failed investment in overseas
futures, granting 249 billion won in illicit aid to a weakened
SK Group unit SK Networks Co. and masterminding a 38.2 billion
won tax evasion. Prosecutors will continue investigating
allegations Son provided funds to politicians ahead of a 2002
Presidential election.


SK NETWORKS: Unit Gets Until March 22, 2004 to Decide on Leases
---------------------------------------------------------------
SK Global America, Inc., a unit of South Korea's SK Networks Co.
Ltd., is a party to four un-expired leases of nonresidential
real property that have neither been assumed nor rejected.
Pursuant to Section 365(d)(4) of the Bankruptcy Code, the Debtor
asked and obtained the Court's approval to further extend the
time within which it may assume or reject the Leases, to March
22, 2004.

The request is without prejudice to the rights of each of the
lessors to seek, for cause shown, an earlier date upon which the
Debtor must assume or reject a specific Lease.

By Court Order dated November 5, 2003, the Debtor's exclusive
periods to file a plan and solicit acceptances to the plan were
likewise extended to March 18, 2004, and May 18, 2004. (SK
Global Bankruptcy News, Issue No. 10; Bankruptcy Creditors'
Service, Inc., 215/945-7000)


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BUKIT KATIL: Unit Appoints Receivers
------------------------------------
The Board of Directors of Bukit Katil Resources Berhad (BKATIL)
announced that OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad on 8 January 2004,
appointed Mr. Lim Tian Huat and Mr. Duar Tuan Kiat of Messrs
Ernst & Young, 4th Floor, Kompleks Antarabangsa, Jalan Sultan
Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, as Receivers and Managers of the
property of Omega Bricks Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of
BKATIL, under the powers contained in the debentures dated 4
March 1997 and 26 August 1997, registered number 1 and 8 in the
Register of Charges of Omega Bricks Sdn Bhd.

Based on the management accounts as at 31 December 2003 of Omega
Bricks Sdn Bhd, the net book value of the affected assets is
RM10,814,309.34.

The appointment of the Receivers and Managers for Omega Bricks
Sdn Bhd is pursuant to the default arising from the non-payment
of principal installments and interest amount. OCBC Bank
(Malaysia) Berhad has as a result obtained judgement against
Omega Bricks Sdn Bhd on 29 November 2002 and an order for sale
on 14 November 2003 on the company's land held under Grant
Registration No. 31, Lot No. 5058 Mukim Gunung Semanggol, Daerah
Krian, Negeri Perak. The Company has filed a Notice of Appeal
against the said order for sale.

The Board of Directors of BKATIL is of the view that there will
be no financial and operational impact on the Group and believes
there will be no further losses arising from this appointment.

The Board has been discussing alternative funding possibilities
to fully settle all claims, the arrangements have reached final
stages and resolution is expected soon.


BUKIT KATIL: Terminates Joint Venture Deal With SRSB
----------------------------------------------------
The Board of Directors of Bukit Katil Resources Berhad (BKATIL)
has on 9 January 2004 by mutual consent terminated the Joint
Venture Agreement dated 29 June 2000 entered into with Sentral
Raya (Melaka) Sdn Bhd (SRSB) for the development of a parcel of
commercial land measuring 98.76 acres held under Lot P.T. 1, 69
and 1052 in the Mukim of Peringgit, District of Melaka Tengah
Bandaraya Bersejarah (collectively the Land). SRSB is the
registered and the beneficial owner of the Land.

The capital outlay contributed by BKATIL toward the development
of the Land amounting to RM15,308,952.11 based on the management
accounts of BKATIL as at 31 December 2003 is to be fully
recovered from SRSB. SRSB shall also bear all costs and expenses
incurred and/or to be incurred, directly or indirectly, in
relation to the Land.

The Board of Directors of BKATIL is also of the view that there
will be no financial and operational impact on the Group as a
result of the termination of the Joint Venture Agreement and
believes the termination of the Joint Venture Agreement is in
the Company's best interests.


HONG LEONG: Unit Appoints Liquidator
------------------------------------
Hong Leong Industries Berhad (HLI) announced that it will place
Varinet Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Quayline Fairprice Sdn Bhd)
[Varinet], a 60 percent subsidiary of the Company, under
Members' Voluntary Winding-up pursuant to Section 254(1)(b) of
the Companies Act, 1965. Mr Ling Kam Hoong of Messrs Ling Kam
Hoong & Co., No. 6-1, Jalan 3/64A, Udarama Kompleks, Off Jalan
Ipoh, 50350 Kuala Lumpur will be appointed as liquidator of
Varinet.

Varinet had been dormant since 1998 and there are no future
plans to activate this company.


IDRIS HYDRAULIC: Hyundai-Berjaya Withdraws Winding Up Petition
--------------------------------------------------------------
The Board of Directors of Hyundai-Berjaya Corporation Berhad
(formerly known as Transwater Corporation Berhad) announced that
the Company has withdrawn the winding up petition against Idris
Hydraulic following the completion of the debt settlement
agreement dated 26 March 2002 and a supplemental agreement
thereto dated 26 June 2003 entered into between the Company,
Idris and Idaman Unggul Berhad for the settlement of a debt
(owing by Idris pursuant to a promissory note issued to the
Company arising from a novation agreement) for a total amount of
RM18,086,000.


MYCOM BERHAD: Unit Enters Manufacturing Deal With PRT
-----------------------------------------------------
The Board of Directors of Mycom Berhad (Mycom) announced that
Pacific Forest Industries Sdn Bhd (PFI), a 51 percent owned
subsidiary of Mycom has entered into a Manufacturing Agreement
with Pacific Rim Timber Sdn Bhd (PRT), a Company incorporated in
Malaysia and having its office at 4-2, Jalan Ara SD7/3B, Bandar
Sri Damansara, 52200 Kuala Lumpur for the appointment of PRT as
the Contractor to process round timber logs into sawn timber,
veneer and plywood or any other wood products in Tawau, Sabah
for a duration of three (3) years at a monthly stipulated
entitlement sum with an option to renew for another two(2) years
set out in the said Agreement.

PFI has an issued and paid up share capital of RM25 million and
is involved in the business of manufacturing and sale of
plywood, laminated board and sawn timber. It is the beneficial
owner of all that parcel of land situated at Tawau, Sabah
containing approximately 29 acres and bearing title nos.
CL105312463, CL105105379, CL105331075 and CL105346469 together
with a wood complex factory thereon with all equipment therein.
PFI is also the holder of a Plymill, Blockboard and Moulding
Plant Licence no. JP(T)W002/00(X12)R, Sawmill Licence no. JP (T)
TW00700(B)R and a Timber Export Licence no. JP/(PT)002/01(M)
issued by the Forestry Department, State of Sabah.

PRT is a private limited company with an authorized and issued
and paid up share capital of RM1,000,000. Its principal activity
is in the timber related industry.

Under the terms of the Manufacturing Agreement, PRT shall pay
PFI a monthly manufacturer's basic entitlement sum of RM150,000
for twelve (12) months upon the expiry of the start-up period on
March 1 2004 and thereafter at RM200,000 per month for the
remaining 24 months. At the third year, PFI will also be
entitled to an additional sum of RM25 per cubic metre payable on
a monthly basis if the monthly production exceeds 5,000 cubic
metre.

None of the Directors and/or substantial shareholders and/or
persons connected with the Directors and substantial
shareholders has any interest, direct or indirect in the said
Agreement.


UNITED CHEMICAL: Issues Default Payment Update
----------------------------------------------
The Board of Directors of United Chemical Industries Berhad
(UCI) announced that there are no new significant developments
in relation to the various default in payment further to the
announcement on 8 December 2003. For an update on the details of
all facilities currently in default in compliance with Section
3.1 of Practice Note No. 1/2001, go to
http://bankrupt.com/misc/UCI_011204.xls


YTL LAND: New Irredeemable Convertible Shares to List January 14
----------------------------------------------------------------
YTL Land & Development Berhad's additional 87,900 new ordinary
shares of RM1.00 each issued pursuant to the aforesaid
Conversion will be granted listing and quotation with effect
from 9 A.M., Wednesday, 14 January 2004.


YTL POWER: Raises Exercise Price of 2000/2010 Warrants
------------------------------------------------------
The Board of Directors of YTL Power International Berhad advised
the holders of the 2000/2010 Warrants (Warrantholders) that
pursuant to the Appendix A of the Deed Poll, the current
exercise price of the Warrants of RM2.87 per share will be
increased from RM2.87 to RM2.91 per share effective from 11
January 2004 up to 10 January 2005.

Appendix A of the Deed Poll sets out the exercise price of the
Warrants will be increased annually by four (4) sen from the
first (1st) anniversary of the Issue Date of the Warrants to the
ninth (9th) anniversary of the Issue Date of the Warrants. For
the purpose hereof, Issue Date means 11 January 2000.

Warrantholders may contact the Registrar of the Company at 11th
Floor, Yeoh Tiong Lay Plaza, 55 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala
Lumpur (Tel: 03 2142 6633) for further enquiries/information in
relation to the above.

Yours faithfully,
YTL Power International Berhad

HO SAY KENG
Company Secretary

Kuala Lumpur
Dated: 10 January 2004

cc Securities Issue Department
Securities Commission
Fax No: 03-6201 5213

The YTL Power Group is involved in the operation of two natural
gas-fired electricity generating stations at Paka, Terengganu
and Pasir Gudang, Johor.  It was the first IPP in Malaysia to be
awarded a license as part of the privatization of the
electricity industry in Malaysia. The license is for a duration
of 21 years from October 1, 1994.

The Paka power station consists of two combined cycle blocks
with a total installed capacity of 808 MW, while the Pasir
Gudang power station consists of one combined cycle block with a
total installed capacity of 404 MW.

To further expand its operations, the Group formed a strategic
alliance in 2000 with CLP Power International Ltd, Hong Kong, to
jointly explore opportunities in the power generation sector in
Malaysia. The Group also acquired, in 2001, a 33.5% stake in
ElectraNet Sa of Australia. This is the Group's first investment
in the transmission business.

On January 17, 2001, the Group signed a Supplemental Power
Purchase Agreement with Tenaga Nasional Berhad for the purchase
of 1400 GWh of electricity p.a. for the next three years.

Domestic expansion of the Group's operations will take place
through the construction and operation of a 1400 MW coal-fired
power plant in Mukim Jimah, Negeri Sembilan. On 10.5.2001, the
Group entered into a Joint Development Agreement for this
project with Jimah Power Holdings Sdn Bhd. The plant is expected
to be commissioned in 2005/2006.


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BANDAI PTE: Creditors Must Submit Claims by February 9
------------------------------------------------------
Notice is hereby given that the creditors of Bandai Pte. Ltd.
(In Members' Voluntary Liquidation), which is being wound up
voluntarily are required on or before the 9th day of February
2004 to send in their names and addresses and particulars of
their debts or claims, and the names and addresses of their
solicitors (if any) to the undersigned, the liquidator of the
said Company and, if so required by notice in writing by the
said liquidator are, by their solicitors or personally, to come
in and prove their debts or claims at such time and place as
shall be specified in such notice, or in default thereof they
will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made
before such debts are proved.

Dated this 9th day of January 2004.

WEE MENG SENG ALOYSIUS
Liquidator.
c/o 1 Shenton Way
#07-05 Robina House
Singapore 068803.


BEST INVESTMENT: Unveils December 30 GM Resolutions
---------------------------------------------------
At a General Meeting (GM) of Best Investment Holdings Pte Ltd
duly convened and held at 138 Cecil Street, #15-00 Cecil Court,
Singapore 069538 on 30 December 2003, the following resolutions
set out below were duly passed:

SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS:

(a) ``That the Company be wound up voluntarily pursuant to
Section 290 (1) (b) of the Companies Act, Cap. 50, and that Mr
Steven Tan Chee Chuan of 138 Cecil Street, #15-00 Cecil Court,
Singapore 069538, be and s hereby appointed as Liquidator for
the purpose of such winding-up.

(b) That the Liquidator be and is hereby authorized (when and as
soon as the debts and liabilities of the Company have been paid
and satisfied or duly provided for) to distribute the assets in
specie or kind among the contributories of the Company in
accordance with their respective rights and interests.

(c) That the Liquidator of the Company be and are hereby
authorized to exercise any of the powers given by Section 272
(1) (b), (c), (d) and

(e), of the Singapore Companies Act, Cap. 50.''

ORDINARY RESOLUTION:

``That the Liquidator, Mr Steven Tan Chee Chuan, be remunerated
for the work of winding-up the Company on his normal scale of
fees and that the Liquidator be indemnified by the Company
against all costs, charges, losses, expenses and liabilities
incurred or sustained by them in execution and discharge of
their duties in relation thereto.''

DOROTHY HO
Company Secretary.
Dated this 5th day of January 2004.


DOLPHIN CATERING: Petition to Wind Up Pending
---------------------------------------------
The petition to wind up Dolphin Catering Services Pte Ltd. is
set for hearing before the High Court of the Republic of
Singapore on January 16, 2004 at 10 o'clock in the morning.
Angliss Singapore Pte Ltd., the petitioners, whose address is
situated at 232 Pandan Loop, Singapore 128420, filed the
petition with the court on December 4, 2003.

The Petitioners' solicitors are Dave Shaun Patel Partnership of
20 McCallum Street #08-04, Singapore 069046. Any person who
intends to appear on the hearing of the petition must serve on
or send by post to Dave Shaun Patel Partnership a notice in
writing not later than twelve o'clock noon of the 15th day of
January 2004 (the day before the day appointed for the hearing
of the Petition).


ECON INTERNATIONAL: Issues Restructuring Update
-----------------------------------------------
Reference is made to the earlier announcement dated 29 December
2003 regarding the status of the restructuring of Econ
Corporation Limited (ECL).

Pursuant to a petition by certain creditors of ECL to place the
Company under interim judicial management, the Court had, at the
hearing on 6 January 2004, appointed Mr Timothy Reid of Ferrier
Hodgson as the interim judicial manager and ordered that the
appointment of the provisional liquidators to cease with effect
from the same date.


HEATH LAMBERT: Issues Debt Claim Notice to Creditors
----------------------------------------------------
The creditors of Heath Lambert (Singapore) Pte Ltd (In Members'
Voluntary Liquidation), which is being wound up voluntarily, are
required on or before the 10th day of February 2004 to send in
their names and addresses, with particulars of their debts or
claims and the names and addresses of their solicitors (if any)
to the undersigned, the Liquidator of the said Company, and, if
so required by notice in writing by the said Liquidator, are by
their solicitors, or personally, to come in and prove their said
debts or claims at such time and place as shall be specified in
such notice, or in default thereof they will be excluded from
the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are
proved.

Dated this 9th day of January 2004.
LOKE POH KEUN
Liquidator.
c/o 8 Cross Street
#17-00 PWC Building
Singapore 048424.


MERCATELA LIMITED: Issues First and Final Dividend to Creditors
---------------------------------------------------------------
Mercatela (Pte) Limited (In Creditors' Voluntary Liquidation)
issued a notice of first and final dividend to preferential
creditors as follows:

Address of registered office: 3 Phillip Street #18-00
Commerce Point Singapore 048693.

Amount Percentum: 48 cents to a dollar of all admitted claims
of preferential creditors.

First and Final or Otherwise: First and Final.

When Payable: 15th January 2004.

Where Payable: Shanker Iyer & Co 3 Phillip Street #18-00,
Commerce Point, Singapore 048693.

Dated this 9th day of January 2004.

SHANKER IYER
Liquidator.


METRO HOLDINGS: Units Enter Liquidation
---------------------------------------
The Directors of Metro Holdings Limited (Metro) announced that
Sun Cruises (S) Pte Ltd and Sun Cruises Travel Pte Ltd, wholly-
owned subsidiaries of Sun Cruises Holdings Pte Ltd, have
resolved to participate in a members' voluntary liquidation
pursuant to Section 290 of the Companies Act, Chapter 50. Sun
Cruises Holdings Pte Ltd is a 69.79 percent subsidiary of the
Company.

Sun Cruises (S) Pte Ltd and Sun Cruises Travel Pte Ltd have been
dormant since 2000.

Mr Chan Kwang Cheng has been appointed Liquidator of Sun Cruises
(S) Pte Ltd and Sun Cruises Travel Pte Ltd.

The voluntary liquidation of Sun Cruises (S) Pte Ltd and Sun
Cruises Travel Pte Ltd will have no impact on the business or
affairs of the Group nor have any significant effect on the
consolidated net tangible assets per share and the consolidated
earnings per share of Metro and its subsidiaries for the year
ending 31 March 2004.


TRANS-UNITED CORP.: Issues Judicial Management Order Notice
-----------------------------------------------------------
Trans-United Corporation Ltd. (Interim Judicial Manager
Appointed) issued a notice of interim judicial management order
for publication as follows:

Notice is hereby given that on 6th day of January 2004, an order
for placing the Company under interim judicial management was
made and the relevant particulars of the matter are given as
follows:

(1) Number of matter: Originating Petition No. 21 of 2003/L.

(2) Date of presentation of petition: 7th November 2003.

(3) Petitioner's solicitors: Messrs Rajah & Tann 4 Battery Road,
#15-01 Bank of China Building, Singapore 049908.

(4) Date of Order: 6th January 2004.

(5) Registered office of the Company: 32 Defu Lane 9
Singapore 539272.

(6) Name and address of Interim Judicial Manager:

Timothy James Reid
c/o Ferrier Hodgson
50 Raffles Place
#44-05 Singapore Land Tower
Singapore 048623.
Messrs RAJAH & TANN
Solicitors For The Petitioners.

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SINO-THAI RESOURCES: Posts Details of Takeover Offer
----------------------------------------------------
To:  The President, Stock Exchange of Thailand

This refers to Mr. Vichai Limpanyakul, Mrs. Karanjana
Manathamphaiboon, Mrs. Jintana Surapanich and Mr. Kitti
Cheevakittigul's intent to purchase the rest of company's share
of 5,199,000 shares or is equal to 25.99% of the disposed
shares.

The offer price is Baht 10 per share, according to IFCT Advisory
Co., Ltd., the financial advisor of the above-mentioned Tender
Offer.

Please be informed accordingly.

Sincerely yours,
Cholapan Vongsing
Assistant Managing Director


Tender Offer (Form 247-4)

To: All Securities Holders

We hereby offer to purchase the securities of Sino-Thai
Resources Development Plc. (STRD) as follows:

                             Part 1
            Significant Elements of the Tender Offer

(1) Date of submission of the tender offer
    January 12, 2004

(2) Names of the Offerors

    Mrs. Suladda Asawapayukkul
    Mr. Vichai Limpanyakul
    Mrs. Karnchana Manathamphaiboon
    Mrs. Jintana Surapanich
    Mr. Kitti Cheevakittikul (hereinafter called "the Offerors")

(3) Name of the Tender Offer Preparer IFCT Advisory Co., Ltd.
    (IFCT Advisory)

(4) Objective of making the tender offer

The Offerors have directly acquired 74.01% of the total issued
shares of the Company.  As a result they are required to make a
tender offer for all the Company's securities in accordance with
the Notification of the Securities and Exchange Commission No.
KorJor. 53/2545 Re: Rules, Conditions and Procedures for the
Acquisition of Securities for Business Takeovers dated November
18, 2002.

(5) Type and class of the securities offered to purchase
The Company has only one type of shares, namely ordinary shares.
The Offerors will make a tender offer to purchase the remaining
5,199,000 ordinary shares from other shareholders, representing
25.99% of the total issued shares of the Company.

(6) Offering price

The offering price is Baht 10 (ten) per share.

The Offerees are subject to a brokerage fee of 0.25% of the
offering price and value added tax (VAT) at the rate of 7% of
the brokerage fee.  Therefore, the net price received by the
offerees will be Baht 9.973 (nine point nine seven three baht)
per share.  Such offering price is:

     (/) the final offer which will not be changed (unless
         falling within the conditions notified in Clause 8
         below);

     ( ) not the final offer and the Offerors may change the
         offering price.

(7) Offer period

The tender offer period will be a total of 25 business days from
January 15, 2004 to February 18, 2004 during the hours
of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Such tender offer period is:

     (/) the final period which will not be extended (unless
         falling within the conditions notified in Clause 8
         below)

     ( ) not the final period and the Offerors may extend the
         period.

(8) Conditions of change in the tender offer

     ( ) no condition
     (/) conditions of change in the tender offer are as
         follows:

         (/) the Offerors may reduce the offering price or
             extend the tender offer period if any event or
             action having a material adverse effect on the
             Company's status or assets occurs during the tender
             offer period;

         (/) the Offerors may change the offer or extend the
             tender offer period to compete with another person
             if that person has submitted a tender offer for
             securities of the Company during the tender offer
             period.

(9) Conditions of cancellation of the tender offer

The Offerors may cancel the tender offer upon the occurrence of
one or more of the following events:

    (9.1) Any event or action occurring after the submission of
          the tender offer to the Office of the Securities
          Exchange Commission (hereinafter called "the SEC") but
          before the end of the tender offer period, which has
          or may have a material adverse effect on the Company's
          status or assets, and where such event or action is
          not the result of the Offerors' actions or of actions
          under the responsibility of the Offerors.

    (9.2) any action performed by STRD after the submission of
          the tender offer to the SEC but before the end of the
          tender offer period, which cause a material decrease
          in the value of the Company's shares.

(10) The offer period that the securities holders can revoke
     their tendered shares

The Offerees can revoke their tendered shares during the hours
of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on business days during the period of
January 15, 2004 to February 11, 2004.

(11) Allocation of the purchased amount in case where the amount
     tendered is more or less than the amount offered to
     purchase

All tendered shares will be purchased.

(12) Sources of funds to finance the tender offer

The Offerors will obtain funding for conducting the tender offer
from the following sources:

Letter certifying cash deposit of Mrs. Suladda Asawapayukkul
issued by UOB Radanasin Bank amounting more than Baht.52 million
which is sufficient to by the Company's shares.

IFCT Advisory, in the capacity of tender offer preparer, has
reviewed the Offerors' sources of funds and considers that the
Offerors have sufficient funds to conduct and complete this
tender offer.  Enclosed herewith as Appendix 1 is the letter,
certifying source of fund for the tender offer.

(13) Name of the Tender Offer Agent

Name: Kim Eng Securities (Thailand) Plc.

Contact address for collection
10th Floor Mercury Tower and submission of the tender offer
540 Ploen Chit Road, Lumpini, Lumpini, acceptance form:
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330

Payment date: February 23, 2004
Tel no:0-2658-6300 ext. 1770
Fax no:0-2658-6862


T.C.J. ASIA: Sets Conversion of Preferred Share February 29
-----------------------------------------------------------
Subject: Notification of the right to convert Preferred Shares
         to Common Shares

To     : Director and Manager of the Stock Exchange of Thailand

The resolution of the Board of Director Meeting No. 5/1998 of
Bumrungrad Hospital Public Co., Ltd., held on Wednesday, 11
November 1998 was passed to convert Preferred Shares to Common
Shares, at the rate of 1 Preferred Share to 1 Common Share
during the month of February of every year.

Preferred Shareholders who wish to convert their shares are
advised to submit the conversion requisition forms and surrender
their Preferred Shared Certificate to the Thailand Security
Depository Co., Ltd. from 1st to the 29th of February 2004 from
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please be advised accordingly.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Linda Lisahapanya
Managing Director

Dr. Dhanit Dheandhanoo
Director

The Stock Exchange of Thailand classifies T.C.J. Asia PCL under
"Companies under rehabilitation."

CONTACT: 89/169 Moo 7,
         Vibhavadi Rangsit Road,
         Don Muang Bangkok
         Phone: 0-2552-6611, 0-2552-6622
         Fax: 0-2552-7185-6


TPI POLENE: Rumors Concerning Public Offer Trigger Trading Halt
---------------------------------------------------------------
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) has ordered the trading
halt of TPI Polene Public Company Limited (TPIPL) because
significant information is circulating concerning the company's
equity fund raising through public offering, but the SET has not
yet been officially informed.

Therefore, the SET has temporarily halted trading of the TPIPL's
securities, effective from the first trading session of 12
January 2004 until the firm has disclosed this information to
the SET.


TPI POLENE: Asks SET for Temporary Suspension until January 19
--------------------------------------------------------------
TPI Polene Public Company Limited (TPIPL) has requested the SET
to temporarily prohibit trading of its listed securities on 12
January 2004 until the end of the first trading session of 19
January 2004 for the sake of successful completion of the equity
fund raising under the Reorganization Plan and the Master
Restructuring Agreement. It is because TPIPL is in the process
of equity fund raising through Public Offering.  However, the
offering price of which will be notified to the Office of the
Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on 12 January 2004
with the subscription period starting on 15, 16 till 19 January
2004.

Therefore, the SET posts the SP sign on TPIPL's securities
effective from the second trading session of 12 January 2004
until the end of the first trading session of 19 January 2004.


TRAFFIC CORNER: Plans to Increase Stake in Day Poets Company Ltd
----------------------------------------------------------------
Traffic Corner Holdings Public Company Limited has been notified
from the Committee Board of Traffic Corner Publishing Co., Ltd.
(Subsidiaries) about the investment in Day Poets Company
Limited, as follows:

(1) Transaction Date        :  Within January 2004

(2) Nature of Business      :  Day Poets Co., Ltd. conducts the
                               publishing business which
                               consists of "A Day" and
                               "Hamburger" monthly and
                               fortnightly entertainment
                               magazine.

                               The contents of the magazines
                               compile of TV, movie, music and
                               fashion. Both magazines have
                               total 40,000 copies of
                               circulation and cost 60 Baht and
                               49 Baht respectively.

(3) Parties involved        :  Purchaser - Traffic Corner
                               Publishing Co., Ltd.
                               Seller - Day After Day Co., Ltd.

(4) Mutual relationship     :  No relationship between Purchaser
                               and Seller

(5) Registered and Paid-up
    Capital                 :  2 Million Baht at par value of
                               100 Baht

(6) The details of the
    Investment              :  Common shares of Day Poets
                               Co., Ltd.
    Ratio                   :  60  Percent
    The total value         :  16 Million Baht which included
                               the trademark value of "A Day"
                               and "Hamburger."

Size of transaction is based on the total received value to the
net assets value of the financial statement dated 30 September
2003
      =    16,000,000       =       3.35 %
          477,941,000

Upon the calculation above, the transaction does not conform
with the notification of the Stock Exchange of Thailand
concerning the rules and procedure on disclosure of the
acquisition and disposal of assets.

(7) Objective               :  To expand into publishing
                               business in order to generate
                               more income and profit for the
                               company.

(8) Name of Directors of Day
    Poets Co., Ltd.         :  The Company will provide further
                               information about the Committee
                               Board for Day Poets Co., Ltd.
                               later.

(9) Proportions of Shareholding following Capital Increase

    (1) Traffic Corner Publishing Co., Ltd.      60%
    (2) Day After Day Co., Ltd.                  37%
    (3) Others                                    3%

(10) Beneficial expected    :  To generate more income.

Yours sincerely

Mr. Suraphong Triamchanchai
Director

The Stock Exchange of Thailand classifies Traffic Corner
Holdings PCL under "Companies under rehabilitation."

CONTACT: Charnissara Tower II,
         2922/201-202, New Petchburi Road,
         Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok
         Phone: 0-2718-1999,0-2718-1250-4
         Fax: 0-2718-1444




* BOND PRICING: For the week of January 12 - January 16, 2004
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Issuer                                Coupon   Maturity  Price
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AUSTRALIA
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Amcom Telecommunications Ltd          10.000%    10/28/07     1
APN News & Media Ltd                   7.250%    10/31/08     4
Australia Commonwealth Gov't Loans     3.000%     7/29/49    62
Australian Food & Fibre Ltd            4.000%    12/31/08     8
Bendigo Bank Ltd                       8.000%     5/29/49     8
BIL Finance Ltd                        8.000%    10/15/07     9
BIL Finance Ltd                        8.250%    10/15/04     9
BIL Finance Ltd                        8.750%    10/15/04     9
BIL Finance Ltd                        8.750%    10/15/05     9
BIL Finance Ltd                        9.000%    10/15/04    11
BIL Finance Ltd                        9.250%    10/15/06     9
BIL Finance Ltd                        10.000%   10/15/04     9
Capital Properties NZ Ltd              8.500%     4/15/05     7
Capital Properties NZ Ltd              8.500%     4/15/07     8
Capital Properties NZ Ltd              8.500%     4/15/09     9
Consolidated Minerals Ltd              11.250%    3/31/05     1
Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd            7.500%     9/30/04     4
Evans & Tate Ltd                       8.250%    10/29/07     1
Fletcher Building Ltd                  7.800%    3/15/06      8
Fletcher Building Ltd                  7.900%    10/31/06     8
Fletcher Building Ltd                  8.300%    10/31/06     8
Fletcher Building Ltd                  8.500%     4/15/04     7
Fletcher Building Ltd                  8.600%     3/15/08     8
Fletcher Building Ltd                  8.750%     3/15/06     8
Fletcher Building Ltd                  8.850%     3/15/10     8
Fletcher Building Ltd                  8.850%     4/30/05     7
Fletcher Building Ltd                 10.500%     4/30/05     7
Feltex Carpets Ltd                    10.250%     9/15/08     1
Fernz Corp Ltd                         8.560%    10/15/06     8
Futuris Corporation Ltd                7.000%    12/31/07     2
Garratts Ltd                           12.000%    12/31/03    1
Gympie Gold Ltd                        8.500%     9/30/07     1
Hy-Fi Securities Ltd                   7.000%     8/15/08     8
Hy-Fi Securities Ltd                   8.750%     8/15/08    10
Hutchison Telecoms Australia           5.500%     7/12/07     1
JB Were Capital Markets Ltd            8.750%    12/31/03    29
Macquarie Bank Ltd                     1.800%     8/15/15    66
New South Wales Treasury Corporation   0.500%     2/16/10    72
NPT Capital Ltd                        9.500%    11/30/04     9
Nuplex Industries Ltd                  9.300%     9/15/07     8
Pacific Retail Finance                 9.250%     9/15/07    10
Port Douglas Reef Resorts Limited      9.000%     4/1/04      1
Powerco Ltd                            8.150%      9/1/07     7
Powerco Ltd                            8.400%     5/22/07     7
Queensland Treasury Corporation        0.500%     5/19/10    71
Richmond Ltd                          10.750%    12/15/04     9
Salomon Smith Barney Australia         4.250%      2/1/09     9
Sky Network Television Ltd             9.300%    10/29/49     8
Straits Resources Ltd                 10.000%    12/31/03     1
Strathfield Group Ltd                  11 .000% 12/31/05      1
Tower Finance Ltd                      8.750%    10/15/07     9
TrustPower Ltd                         8.300%     9/15/07     8
TrustPower Ltd                         8.500%     9/15/12     9
Vision Systems Ltd                     9.000%    12/15/08     2

CHINA & HONG KONG
-----------------

Teco Electric & Machinery Co Ltd       2.750%      4/15/04   74

KOREA
-----

Korea Electric Power Corporation       7.950       4/1/96    66
Kolon Industries Inc                   0.250%     12/31/04   53

MALAYSIA
--------

Asian Pac Holdings Bhd                 4.000%     12/22/05    1
Artwright Holdings Bhd                 5.500%      3/05/07    1
Arus Murni Corporation Bhd             0.500%      8/24/06    1
Berjaya Group Bhd                      5.000%      12/30/09   1
Berjaya Land Bhd                       5.000%     12/30/09    1
Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd                8.000%      8/04/12    4
Camerlin Group Bhd                     5.500%      7/15/07    1
Crescendo Corporation Bhd              3.000%      8/25/07    1
Crest Builder Holdings Bhd             1.000%      2/25/06    1
Crest Builder Holdings Bhd             3.000%      2/25/06    1
Dataprep Holdings Bhd                  4.000%       8/5/05    1
Dataprep Holdings Bhd                  4.000%       8/6/07    1
Eden Enterprises (M) Bhd               2.500%      12/2/07    1
Eox Group Bhd                          4.000%      1/10/06    2
Equine Capital Bhd                     3.000%      8/26/08    1
Fountain View Development Sdn Bhd      3.500%      11/3/06    6
Gadang Holdings Bhd                    3.000%     10/21/07    3
Gadang Holdings Bhd                    2.000%     12/24/08    1
Grand Central Enterprises Bhd          5.000%      2/17/05    1
Greatpac Holdings Bhd       2.000%      12/11/08   2
Gula Perak Bhd        6.000%      4/23/08    1
Hong Leong Industries Bhd              4.000%      6/28/07    1
Halim Mazmin Bhd                       8.000%      6/30/04    3
I-Bhd                                  5.000%      4/30/07    1
Insas Bhd                              8.000%      4/19/09    1
Integrax Bhd                           3.000%     12/24/05    1
Kretam Holdings Bhd                    1.000%      8/10/10    1
Kumpulan Emas Bhd                      7.000%     11/15/04    1
Kumpulan Jetson                        5.000%     11/28/12    1
LBS Bina Group Bhd                     4.000%     12/31/06    1
LBS Bina Group Bhd                     4.000%     12/31/07    1
LBS Bina Group Bhd                     4.000%     12/31/08    1
Lingkaran Trans Kota Holdings Bhd      7.150%     10/23/10   10
Media Prima Bhd                        2.000%      7/18/08    1
Mutiara Goodyear Development Bhd       2.500%      1/15/07    1
MWE Holdings                           5.500%      10/7/04    1
NAM Fatt Corporation Bhd               2.000%      6/24/11    1
OSK Holdings Bhd                       3.500%       3/1/05    1
OSK Holdings Bhd                       6.000%       3/1/05    1
Pahlawan Power Sdn Bhd                 5.150       1/31/05   10
Pantai Holdings Bhd                    5.000%      3/28/07    1
Patimas Computer Bhd                   6.000%      2/19/06    1
Prinsiptek Corporation Bhd             2.000%     11/20/06    1
Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd              2.500%     11/20/06    1
POS Malaysia & Services Holdings Bhd   8.000%     11/26/04    1
Orlando Holdings Bhd                   3.000%      3/16/05    1
Rashid Hussain Bhd                     0.500%     12/23/12    1
Rashid Hussain Bhd                     3.000%     12/23/12    1
Rhythm Consolidated Bhd                5.000%     12/17/08    1
Southern Steel Bhd                     5.500%      7/31/08    1
Tanah Emas Corporation Bhd             2.000%      12/9/06    1
Talam Corporation Bhd                  7.000%      7/19/05    1
Tap Resources Bhd                      2.000%      6/29/06    1
Time Engineering Bhd                   2.000%     12/25/05    1
VTI Vintage Bhd                        4.000%      8/22/06    2
Wah Seong Corporation Bhd              3.000%       5/21/12   3
Yu Neh Huat Bhd                        3.000%       9/2/08    1

PHILIPPINES
-----------

Bacnotan Consolidated Industries, Inc.  5.500%    6/21/04    42


SINGAPORE
---------

CSC Holdings Ltd                         6.500%    4/27/05    1
Tampines Assets Ltd                      5.625%    12/7/06    1
Tincel Ltd                               5.000%    6/13/11    1
Tincel Ltd                               7.400%    6/13/11    1
Rabobank Singapore                       1.000%    1/15/13   70


THAILAND
--------

Bangkok Bank HK                           4.589%     3/3/04   64
Bank of Asia PCL                          3.750%     2/9/04   64
Bangkok Land                              3.125%     3/31/01  18
Bangkok Land                              4.500%    10/13/03  18
Siam Commercial Bank PCL                  3.250%    1/24/04   64


Tuesday's edition of the TCR-Asia Pacific delivers a list of
indicative prices for bond issues that reportedly trade well
below par.  Prices are obtained by TCR-AP editors from a variety
of outside sources during the prior week we think are reliable.
Those sources may not, however, be complete or accurate.  The
Tuesday Bond Pricing table is compiled on the Saturday prior to
publication.  Prices reported are not intended to reflect actual
trades.  Prices for actual trades are probably different.  Our
objective is to share information, not make markets in publicly
traded securities. Nothing in the TCR-AP constitutes an offer or
solicitation to buy or sell any security of any kind.  It is
likely that some entity affiliated with a TCR editor holds some
position in the issuers' public debt and equity securities about
which we report.



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