'Most houses [in Hong Kong] are still more equipped to cover bricks and mortar businesses than Internet businesses.' Pacific Century Group chief Richard Li Tzar-kai. 'It is an absolute disgrace. They are just ripping off their customers.' British Labour Party Member of Parliament for Cardiff Paul Flynn on banks' profits. National Westminster Bank on Tuesday posted a profit of GBP1.14 billion. 'Communist China has manoeuvred to get countries such as Pakistan to make unreasonable demands in the [WTO] working meeting. We are not surprised as communist China has insisted that it has to enter the WTO ahead of Taiwan.' Taiwan's Board of Foreign Trade director-general Chen Ruey-long. 'We sincerely hope that those who have been spreading such rumours think twice before playing the same old tricks. Otherwise, those who do will eventually hurt themselves.' Taiwan's central bank on rumours of mainland air-strikes. 'I don't think these figures are catastrophic . . . don't look at these figures, look at the potential going forward.' SG Securities banking analyst Tom Rayner on Standard Chartered Bank's first-half profit slump. 'The non-performing loans are coming down in Asia, in Hong Kong, and provisions will start to come down . . . it can only get better from here.' Goldman Sachs analyst Roy Ramos. 'Firms are really under the gun - literally - to prevent violence and other hostile acts in the workplace from happening.' Author of Risky Business, Lynne McClure. 'There are always going to be some movements up and down, but I feel confident momentum should be maintained going forward.' US Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers. 'This is a terrible problem for me. It makes my head ache . . . Although I hate to shock our Australian employees, it will be necessary to drastically restructure.' Mitsubishi Motors president Katsuhiko Kawasoe. 'In line with a bank policy he instigated, he routinely washes his own clothes when travelling to avoid incurring the expense of using laundry services.' The chairman of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Bill Wilson, commenting on frugal central bank governor Don Brash. 'If you publicise merger and acquisition deals then they tend to fall apart. Everything will be revealed in time.' Thailand central bank assistant governor Chaktip Nitibhon on speculation that Standard Chartered Bank may be bidding for Nakornthon and Radanasin banks. 'It's a shame we have first-class jails and second-class schools.' Jesse Jackson. Most people in US jails do not have high-school diplomas, but do have Internet access. 'Our rules need to be comparable with other exchanges. If our rules are too harsh, we won't be able to compete.' Growth Enterprise Market working group chairman Lo Ka-shui.