Friday, January 31, 2003

Quotable Quotes - Asia Inc. Magazine

January 2003

"Police arrested two hunters on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido for allegedly shooting three prized racehorses they mistook for wild deer"
Associated Press

"Mobile phones contain gold, silver, copper, palladium, platinum and other precious metals"

International Herald Tribune

"We have many alternatives. Our students can study in New Zealand, Australia, China, Ukraine and even Russia"

Malaysia's deputy education minister Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin on US visa problems

"The world is beginning to act like America's sullen teenager, refusing to obey orders"

Financial Times columnist James Carroll

"What the world is interested in today is quick money, money that comes from speculation and manipulation- overnight money. The greedy have taken over the economy of the world"

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

"China moves towards one-party pluralism"

Headline in Singapore's Straits Times

"You look at the economic scales- it's going to be an elephant on one side and a mouse on the other"

Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew on the emergence of China as an industrial colossus

"The prevailing wisdom has been that small companies are fast, entrepreneurial, responsive and effective. Large companies are slow, bureaucratic, unresponsive and ineffective. This is sheer nonsense."

IBM Chairman
Louis Gerstner

"Australia looks set to gain the dubious honour of being the 'fattest' country in the world, beating the United States"

Singapore's Straits Times

"A broad coalition of US religious groups is preparing a grass-roots campaign linking fuel efficiency to morality, with some ads asking: 'What Would Jesus Drive?'"

Danny Hakim, New York Times

"It is not illegal to wear an Osama bin Laden mask"

Hong Kong police spokesman

"It was a fateful mistake for Bush to have declared his war a 'war against terrorism'. That made it a war that can't be won"

Columnist William Pfaff, International Herald Tribune

"We will enrol outstanding people from all strata of society because they work for the cause of the party"

Chinese spokesman on admitting businessmen into the communist party

"People in Hong Kong and Singapore go online to browse, compare prices and functions. Then they hop across the street and buy in a shop"

Peter Steyn, Nielsen/ Net-Ratings director, Hong Kong

"Having a clear idea of its destination would enable ASEAN to proceed more rapidly and smoothly on the path of economic integration"

ASEAN Secretary General Rodolfo Severino

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