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'I think the market will keep going up.' - Edmond Choi, dealing director with Bullish Securities. 'It is of an advanced nature and full of respect for humanity for residents.' - Xinhua (the New China News Agency) on new municipal construction standards for Beijing that require each new apartment to have concealed pipes and power lines, heaters, and Western-style sit-down toilets with water cisterns.

'This pay is necessary. These are basic salaries, not bonuses.' - Walter Ma King-wah, Sincere Company chairman, on the firm's decision to pay its three executive directors $17.19 million in salaries and allowances, even as the group vowed to abandon bonuses and as attributable profit plunged 99 per cent to $1.15 million for the year to February 29.

'The decks are not clear yet, even though Thailand looks thoroughly bombed out.' - Merrill Lynch analyst Pauline Gately on the Thai stock market, which has been lagging in the region as the country suffers from a weak economy and political uncertainty.

'You can carry on fixing up a 20-year-old car so that it continues to work, but there comes a point when you need a new car.' - Ermanno Pascutto, former Securities and Futures Commission executive director, who is handling the review of the Companies Ordinance, on the need for new legislation amid criticism that the review is not necessary.